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27 July 2016

About Clunies or whatever they're called.

Personally I've never been attracted to tatting with clunies or tallies. 

Many years ago when I was out and about with Rosemarie Peel we talked about this tatting technique and I remember what she said. She said (and it's stuck in my mind ever since) that clunies belong to bobbin lace. I tend to agree with her and have never been that bothered about trying them.

That is until a magical time in South Carolina about ten or more years ago when I was at a Palmetto Tat Days. I managed to sneak into a lesson by Mimi Dillman on clunies. I was so impressed with the way she taught the lesson so gently and clearly that I 'got' the cluny down. Well, as I said, that was around ten years ago and my last foray into them. 

A few days ago was the day to try them once more. Not a pretty sight, eh?

11 comments:

  1. I have made exactly TWO clunies in my life: one at the first Qld Tatter's class a few years ago, and the second after the recent refresher class. Don't like them, don't want to know! (but yours look fine )

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  2. I took the same class and had to go back to my room with a migraine. I signed up for her class again this year. I'm determined. I can wrap the thread and weave it, I just can't close the deal.

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  3. I've seen them used beautifully, but I really don't have the desire to incorporate them in to my tatting.

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  4. I'm taking Mimi's class this year. I have done clunies and want to make a loom to do them. I also learned them (leaves as my instructor called them) in my Bedsfordshire lace class this year at Convention. Funny whole time couldn't wait for Palmettos.
    Guess I haven't fallen to dark side completely, but I do like Bedsford lace making.

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  5. I love how Elisa du Sud incorporates them into tatting and have felt motivated by her but otherwise, I'm like you and think they don't belong. That said, yours are
    Yours look pretty good and I'm interested to see what BC3 will do.

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  6. I think those look pretty good since it's been 10 years. :)

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  7. I think they look lovely

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  8. Some of them look VERY good. I've been discovering that refreshing unused tatting techniques is not quite like riding a bicycle. I really have forgotten how to do some of them. It's been ages since I used this technique. I've never been tempted to create lots of them in a tatted piece, but I used to be quite comfortable with them. Now I would have to pull out the tutorials again.

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  9. I do think they can add an attractive design element, but I don't have the patience to make them. Yours look great, though!

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  10. Whatever they are called and no matter where they belong, Mimi would be proud.

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  11. I think they look good, much better than mine. I'm taking one of the cluny classes at Tat Days in September and thought I should have some experience with them. I've never made anything with them except practice. Until September, anyway :-)

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