It's good news that the South African women's organisation I belong to is sticking with tatting for next year's competition. This year a bookmark was required, next year a doily. Not such great news is that the description they give of tatting is very old fashioned. In my opinion, anyway. 'The design is compiled of rings, chains and picots'. Not a word about split rings, self closing mock rings or floating rings, let alone clunies or celtic tatting! 'Picots and spaces must not be too large'; 'Long single threads are impractical'. You get the picture. I think this is a shame, and not conducive to the stated aim of giving attention to a craft to 'ensure it does not disappear'.
I'm going to do one doily that conforms to all these criteria. It comes from a 1971 Coats pamphlet.