Fox, Umi&Tsuru, and who knows how many others in making Renulek's 2015 doily. Each year(?) she shares a large doily pattern, giving out a round at a time. I really admire her work and love the way she takes traditional elements and puts them together. Watch her blog HERE for updates. I've been checking it compulsively, hoping the instructions for the next round will appear. The instructions are in the form of a clear picture, with the stitch count numbers added in. You have to be able to tell when to reverse work or switch shuttles, etc., so maybe not for beginners. And don't be intimidated by the language. There's a translate key on the upper left that works very well.
Here are the first two rounds, a bit crumpled up from being stuffed in the baggie with the balls of thread. As always, I start a doily with high hopes and great anticipation. Unfortunately, my ratio of doilies started and doilies finished is not very good. The last two times, my thread choice was to blame: balls of thread that look good together, but the colors in the actual tatting not working well at all; and then mixing different manufacturers' threads which turned out to be not quite the same size. Most often, it's just my rotten attention span though. I'll work in those ends once I remember where I left my needles.
Don't forget, the deadline for teacher's applications for Palmetto TatDays is fast approaching!
Lacy Doily WIP - I had to stretch the rings on the second round so that it would lay flat as it was cupping. It still is, slightly. Finished the third round and 4 more to...
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