## December 17 2013 Tatting Newsletter

Followup on the Mystery Doily.

More than a decade ago I rescued a doily from a bin at an antique store. I was immediately intrigued by it. You will note that it is not a regular pattern tatted row after row in a circular manner. At first I tried to write the pattern but without success. My last try had it going in a serpentine fashion. But I got lost in the maze. So I published the doily online and invited tatters from the Online Tatting Class to help solve the problem.

Many tatters have tried the pattern and shared the result with us. Patty Dowden rewrote the pattern with diagrams.

And now Jon Yusoff has worked the doily and kept a record of her work in progress.

Jon has some notes to share:

"I noticed slight differences between the stitch count in the chains when comparing Vicki's instructions to Patty's diagram. For my doily, I combined both stitch counts, using Vicki's (4 - 4 - 4 + 4 - 4) in Rounds 2, 4 and 6, and Patty's (4 - 2 - 4 + 2 - 4) in Rounds 1, 3 and 5. I wanted the doily to be able to lay flat without much blocking needed and I think I managed that by alternating the stitch count. I used up almost a full ball of size 40 Lizbeth for the multi-colored part and about half a ball for the solid yellow.

Regarding one of the steps in Vickie Reynolds instructions for the Mystery Doily. In Round 5 at R18, Vickie wrote: "R18 2 + 2 + 2 - 2 (join to last picot of previous ring; join to middle free picot a cluster of the previous round), RW

This is similar to the instructions for step for R7, given here R7 2 + 2 + 2 - 2 (join to last picot of previous ring; join to middle free picot a cluster of the previous round), RW

When I tatted the doily, I seldom looked at the written instructions once I realized that the stitch count is similar throughout for all rounds. I only referred to the picture of the doily to determine how many rings are required and where to make the joins. I wrote a blog entry about my observations while tatting the doily, which is here, http://tatsaway.blogspot.com/2013/11/mystery-doily-epilogue.html

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Jon!

Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.

Decolletage Insertion Tina Frauberger Frau Tina Frauberger's Schiffchenspitze I ed. 1919 Decolletage Insertion Page 76, Fig 77

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art57793.asp

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