This little motif on Renulek's blog caught my eye a while ago. She has quite a few motifs like that available on her blog (thank you Renulek!) as well as the larger doilies many people have been making lately.
This is the first round:
And the completed motif:
Kind of pretty and frothy isn't it?
Makes me think of candy floss...
And... I FOUND IT!
I was getting quite concerned that this butterfly doily (from the "Tatting from Burda" book) had gone missing for weeks (months even!). I thought I'd looked everywhere for it (but obviously I hadn't) and finally found it this morning.
It is now so big, I have to put it on the floor to photograph it. It currently measures 48cm (19in) across. I'm not too happy with all the long chains that are in this design. They need to be pressed into place or they "frill". So this is not a doily I'm going to enjoy washing too often. I've now put so many hours into it that I feel I ought to finish it... but I'm having a bit of a Fox moment I think (as she was having with her honey napkin)... luckily I've not had to cut any bits off (though there was some untatting going on in the last butterfly row) but I keep debating whether I like it enough! I'm currently on round 14. There is a smaller option that ends on round 16 - so just two more and I'd be done... but there also the GRAND version which ends on round 18 with a final round of butterflies... will I make it?
As you can imagine, with such a large circumference (about 1m60 or 64in!!), it now takes quite a while to tat just one round. And I get so easily distracted by all the other small things I can tat quickly!