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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cornelia Doiley

Phew! I finally finished Cornelia, and she turned out to be stunning.

This is my 3rd Doiley from Iris Neibach's book Tatted Doilies and was the easiest.....maybe because I am getting used to her method of tatting into the middle and back out to the edge again. The progression is very straightforward just follow the rings and chains, no tricky bits here. Colouring in my diagram really helps me stay on track tho'.
The colourway that I chose really shows off the pattern of the rings...I didn't expect it to be so dramatic.

I don't often do BIG and have to admit that I found this very tedious after the first excitement of seeing the pattern emerge and couldn't wait to get to the finish and see it finally come together. I am afraid I like continuous excitement in my tatting!! But I do so love these doilies that I guess I will continue with them.

My son is home for his holiday at the moment and he is always interested in what I am doing and always likes his Christmas snowflake but he generally hates me tatting while watching TV. But this time he was fascinated by the progress of this doiley and when it was finally finished he lifted it up and asked

'Is this mine!!'

Darn it yellow is his favorite colour!!!

I am so pleased that he might actually get it! But then I will have to make another one!!

Now for the technical details, the thread was Flora 20 and it took 49m (approx 53yds)on the may need more as I tat tight and 28m (approx 30.5yds) on the ball, again you may need more. Looks like one skein of HDT in size 20 would not be enough...maybe a smaller size thread would do it. I think I will use 40 next.
It measures almost 10 inches.