Motif #8This is a 'glass mat' from one of Mary Konior's books. It's done in Perfect Quilter thread, so it's not anywhere NEAR being big enough to use beneath a glass, but I enjoy tatting this pattern. Color is 085, I think they call it 'Sun Rays.' After a series of grey, wet days, I needed a bit of 'brightness' while I was tatting. I tend to turn to yellow threads when the weather is dreary.
I tatted this doily (page 77 in Tatted Treasures by Jan Stawasz) last year using Perfect Quilter 'Volcano' color and Sulky #12-wt cotton, color #1232. It's been sitting in my tatting corner for the last 2 or 3 months. The threads I used are approximately equal to size 80 DMC, so this doily is much smaller than Stawasz's original.
Motif #9This one was tatted in Sulky #12-weight cotton, color #1078 and Perfect Quilter #085 (Sun Rays). Even after it was finished, I kept thinking it was much smaller than the first one (the 'volcano' and green one - above) that I'd made last year. After a quick 'press' with the steam iron, I put the new doily on top of the 'old' one, and they are exactly the same size! The orange and yellow one just looks smaller when you lay them side-by-side.
The other Stawasz doily is progressing slowly. The penultimate round is finished, and I have done a few rings and chains on the last round, but nothing much to show yet. The teal variegated thread outlined the arches of this round just the way I hoped it would. Thread is DMC 80 ecru and Sulky #12-wt. cotton blendables - the label identifying the color number has fallen off, but it's called Truly Teal.' The doily is too large to fit on the scanner, but I can show you part of it.
Motif #10This is "Ice Crystal," from Tatting Patterns and Designs, by Blomqvist and Persson. The design is amazing - no cut and tie from beginning to end! First the center part is tatted, then you just make a chain and keep going for the outer round. Very clever, and great fun to tat.
I used the Perfect Quilter "Sun Rays" color again - it reminds me of the way the sun sometimes washes everything in 'gold-colored' light to make everything look gold for just a few moments. The sun has to be at a certain angle as it is setting, and it doesn't happen every day, only sometimes.
On the set of 2 chains near the outer edge - between pattern repeats - I altered the two chains a bit. The inner chain on my 'Ice Crystal' faces the opposite direction from the original pattern. If you look very carefully, you may be able to find 3 'versions' of that inner chain before I settled on the one I preferred. Altering the direction of the inner chain made it necessary to lengthen the outer chain, too: I added 3 DS and a picot - so the inner chain's picots did not overlap.