I still can't locate the actual tatted piece, but I found a picture of my first effort tucked away in my pictures. The original doily is in “Old Fashioned Tatting Patterns” ed. by B. Foster. P. 58, Tatted Doily No. 4. Something about this doily catches my eye, and I think it's beautiful.
The original uses very old methods. The 2nd round is a length of 12 tatted rings, then sewn with a needle and thread to the center. I've come up with a way to avoid that, and I don't think it spoils the overall appearance.
My next consideration was the appearance of the wheels of the third round. Each wheel is 10 rings, joined 2x on each side and 2x top and bottom. 4 rings on the outside, 2 rings on the inside makes sure to let it all curve around the doily. I don't like the gaps on the inside. After thinking it over, I added another ring, and plan to join the inside at the center ring, and the two free rings will fill in the blanks nicely. I don't think the extra ring will prevent the curve if my rings are large enough to let them shape a narrower ring if necessary.
I used scmrs for these little wheels in my sample, and they look good. The resulting wheel resembles the original, and is actually sturdier than the original technique.. I know I could use a split ring and do a pair of scmrs. Only 12 ends to finish instead of 24. I would need to be careful sizing the space between motifs. I might end up with the pairs closer together than the space left by joining with a picot.
I need to think about the next round of tiny tatted rings. There are rings left free between wheels, and they flip and twist like crazy. The original uses a single ring as a filler, sewing it in w/needle and thread. I was unhappy with this round in my sample, and that's where I stopped. Now I have time to think about it and decide how to solve this problem. I may join the rings where they skip between wheels, but i'm not sure how that would affect the overall fit around the whole doily. Maybe a tiny cloverleaf or flower done in two passes. Hmmmmm.
I'd like to fill my shuttle and get to work, but i can't grip anything yet. I am glad my brain has decided to work again. If i can't tat, i can at least design.
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