Unending Doily - Madhur Dadlani
Recently we discussed some pertinent tatting information:
What to carry as your basic tatting kit (btk?)
How to store shuttles needle and threads?
What small tatted project is easy to make and keep on hand to give away?
What pattern to carry with you for "emergency" moments? (What constitutes a tatting emergency? Being stuck on the one paved road in the area when 20,000 caribous decide to cross the road on their annual migration and you are going nowhere for hours.)
One tip we received was from Gail Baumgardner. She wrote:
"My go bag for tatting includes at least two shuttles plus pattern - nail clippers will do as scissors. My friend made a tea bag pouch that holds at least two tea bags plus sugar packets, it works just fine for shuttles too!"
That was good info but she also added:
"For using up bits of thread, make rings with picots to use as flowers on note cards." A very traditional idea that I myself have used many times.
But the next tip that came in really made my shuttle click.
It was simply called "emptying shuttle project." Madhur Dadlani wrote:
"Georgia, I'm not too sure if I can take credit for the Design. That's because I had seen a small motif like this online which gave me the idea to convert it into a project this size. It is growing steadily. [You may know] I've lived in New Delhi since 1980. Now I have moved to the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh, and live in Orange County, Indirapuram. I've been tatting for over 4 decades now. I don't design but can see and make almost anything.
Most of the time I'm tatting more than 7-8 projects and have at least 10-12 shuttles filled. This used to leave most shuttles filled with leftover thread in small quantities. About 5 years ago I saw the small motif done with leftover thread. So I used up my leftovers to utilize them like the motif.
And then it occurs to me. As and when I had 5-6 shuttles filled with small quantities of thread, I would keep adding them to the doily in question.
It[happened] particularly on days when I was not in a mood to look and hunt for patterns which were downloaded on my phone or laptop for tatting and yet I was in a mood to tat. So I would pick up my shuttles and empty them.
[Now] I've formed a [sic} whats app group of tatters from India who are regularly in touch and keep sharing our work. Usha is also one tatter from Mumbai.
My best guess for a pattern:
center ring R1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 clr
rotate ring 1/4 turn
continue to make rings
R 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 clr
shuttle lock join to a picot of center ring
R 3 + (join to previous ring) 3 - 3 - 3 clr
For following rows, after closing each ring shuttle lock join to the previous row by attaching to the actual join between two rings.
Leave as little bare thread between rings as possible.
DS count may be adjusted as desired as well as the number of picots, except for those picots needed for joins.
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