Tuesday, April 8, 2014


 Of course I was tempted to finish round 6 instead of cleaning my  kitchen floor, but I managed to resist. The rounds are getting bigger now and take longer to do, I couldn't finish it in an evening.

I'm going away for a week or so, so I won't be posting for a while. I'm going to take Renulek's doily with me, but how much I'll get done I don't know.

Round 6 Begun

Link to round 5 and round 6. I see no point in using 2 shuttles for round 5, but I am using two for round 6 because of the ring thrown off the chain.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Tilly is now ready for action. I liked the step by step instructions of the book, 'Sewn Toy Tales' by Rosalie Quinlan and Melanie Hurlston. Instructions for attaching arms etc with ladder stitch were great. It's a good idea to sew the pieces and then cut them out, but still a fiddle to turn them and fill them. That's the  nature of toy  making I guess!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Round 4

 I started round 4 using one shuttle and ball, but that just wouldn't do. The third ring of the 'trilogy'  stuck up horribly. I'll show you. The photo is a bit shadowy because I took it in the evening before cutting those repeats off and starting again with two shuttles.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

First Step for Tilly

A friend gave me this book at the weekend. It's by Rosalie Quinlan and Melanie Hurlston - I don't think I've seen a book before where the authors' names are not on the cover. It's good timing because I've been planning to make a doll for my granddaughter. I like the step by step instructions in the book. But the first step was a little disingenuous. Trace all the pieces from page 125 it said, failing to mention that the pieces on page 125 are half size. My copier doesn't have an enlarge function. I had to scan the page and print it; roughly cut out the pieces; scan them individually; crop each scan (essential!); enlarge each piece; and then print it. So I now have the pieces for Tilly, but have yet to begin step 2.

Round 3

 I'm working on round 3 of Renulek's Spring Doily. I'm trying not to get carried away with working on this. I'm prone to 'protatination' - that's tatting to avoid getting on with something else!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Linda's Progress

 Linda is working hard at her tatting and making progress, as you can see from her first and second versions of Jennifer Williams's coater Marion. Now she has moved on to Emma Crew's doily Daisy and Clover . I showed her yesterday how to do outward facing rings using a second shuttle, which she needs to know for the third round. Here's the first two rounds next to the Marion: