Doilies Large or Complex Free Tatting Patterns

Here are some free tatted doily patterns which are much more involved and suitable for the experienced tatter only. These are heirloom pieces and will be used as pictures and table decor.

Anne Orr Round Vintage Doily star
Anne Orr published this vintage doily in the early 1900´s. Today we can work 5 of the 6 rows needed without cutting the thread by using the split ring, split chain and mock picot.

Centro Bruna star[offsite link]
This is another large and complex design by Edda Guastalla.

Debbie´s Doily star[offsite link]
This is part of a doily which was made in a Round Robin exchange a few years ago - the pattern is not complete but the hexagonal motif is so pretty it´s well worth making although it does include clunies.

Fusione star[offsite link]
This beautiful doily is worked in just two rows. However the pattern is complex and will require some experience especially as the instructions are in Italian.

Long Oval Centrepiece star[offsite link]
Here is a lovely oval doily by Edda Guastalla.

Long Tatted Centrepiece star[offsite link]
Here is another exquisite pattern from the Italian web site of Il Chiacchierino di Isla.

Negative Space Doily star
Here are two doilies which offer examples of the use of negative space. The mystery doily directions are at:

Negative Space in Design star
Lace is but a lot of holes surrounded by a pattern of thread which catches our eyes when we see it in detail. But, if we step back and view the lace from a slight distance, it is often the "holes" or the negative space which captures our attention.

New Years Doily - Linda Davies star[offsite link]
A magnificent doily in traditional tatting style shared by the talented tatter and well-known tatting author and designer, Linda Davies.

Oval Centrepiece star[offsite link]
Here is another very large and beautiful centrepiece by Edda Guastalla.

Oval Doily APL BYSO88 star
This was originally in German and was posted by the Antique Pattern Library on July 2019. It is labeled "An Oval Tatted Doily." No author noted.

Pineapple Heaven by Doretha Albee star
Doretha Albee's (1935-2011) intriguing interpretation of the familiar crocheted pineapple motif into tatting was first featured in Book 5 of the Ribbonwinners Series, "Tatting with Friends." Her pattern, "Pineapple Heaven", if made in size 40 cordonnet thread the finished doily would be about 12" i

Round Robin Tatted Doily star[offsite link]
Here is a wonderful Round Robin doily. This is a much more complex piece that will be well worth the effort.

Round Tatted Doily (Anne Orr) star
Applying Split Ring, Split Chain and Mock Picot to vintage patters to reduce or eliminate unnecessary cutting of the thread. Vintage doily by Anne Orr (Special request by Gina S)

Stella Marine star[offsite link]
Here is a wonderful doily pattern by Edda Guastalla.

Tat Three star[offsite link]
This pattern by Rosemarie Peel was designed especially to go under a flower pot, so the outer rows are more elaborate than the centre. Another lovely piece of work to enjoy!

Tatted Centerpiece by Mrs.Spencer star[offsite link]
Needlecraft Magazine February 1925 Vol. XVI No. 6 page 20 by Mrs. J. C. Spence. The original pattern as published.

The Spencer Doily rewritten by Asta Cebulla star[offsite link]
Asta Cebulla has rewritten the Spencer doily in modern tatting terminology. The original pattern:

The Spencer Doily row 1-5 by Wally Sosa star[offsite link]
Wally Sosa rewrote the Spencer doily using a split ring to climb out from the center without cutting the thread. Row 1 - 5. Original pattern:

Triangular Centrepiece star[offsite link]
This is another pretty doily worked to form a triangular shape, designed by Edda Guastalla.

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