Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Inside out Designing

A good way to get some insight into making your own designs is to look at what other people have done before. Take a look at this pattern called Anemone which is on the cover of the Dover publication Tatting Doilies and Edgings edited by Rita Weiss.

This doily obviously has some good negative space, but that's only one thing that makes this an interesting doily. What are the other features being used here to create this design? How do you think the designer was able to create a doily the perfect size to fit the surrounding motifs?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Here are pictures of 2 doilies, one from an older publication and one from a newer magazine.

What do you think of them?

Are they interesting designs?

What kind of details do they have?

What would you do differently?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

When ring size counts

Many of the designs we tat could be done with different size rings. In fact people have often viewed a piece of lace, and not having the pattern they have worked out an approximation to make the same design. At some time later they come across the original pattern and note that although the original and their copy don't use the same stitch count, they both work. Sometimes though, the ring size is integral to the design like the tatted sea shell below.
See the itty bitty rings? They're as small as you can go and still be able to call it a ring and do joins into it. Does the shell look flat? It isn't. It's curved just a bit like a real shell and although it was made years ago, it still hasn't flattened out, it retains it's 3D shape. The graduated ring size used in the design gives the shell it's shape.