Don't look at the joins on the chains,
they are awful!
I laughed at myself because this would have been one perfect opportunity to use the blipless join and I didn't think to! Even after I just made the previous blogpost, silly me.
I found Perfect Quilter to be slightly fuzzy but smooth and easy to work with though I have to admit I'm not enamoured with that particular colour way... I find there's too much contrast between the colours and it's an unusual mix! But thank you Fox, it was nice to be able to give it a try.
Then Diane's post reminded my of another thread that was generously sent to me by my friend Sandy: King Tut. Sandy had chosen something right up my alley, in the blues I like. King Tut is even finer than Perfect Quilter and is also firmer and less fuzzy. It's a nice thread to work with.
I thought more about the joins this time and they are smoother.
Then I decided to tat this one more time in Lizbeth 80 to compare sizes and I used the blipless join this time. The 80 was only just slightly finer than the Perfect Quilter but King Tut is definitely the finest. Here are all three:
I found this design really difficult to tat as nicely as I would have liked. I find having to join chains "straight" causes problems and often produce less than satisfactory results. Chains are meant to curve!
I didn't particularly enjoy making thistle and am pleased to be done with my comparative tatting... but on the same page was also "Star". It looked so pretty I just had to tat it too! This time in Altin Basak 50. A thread I like a lot.
Finally, I'm still not convinced about the blipless join in the previous post. I have now made a video of Jane's join and will upload that later. But I don't find the result completely satisfactory with either. Problem not solved for me. I'll think about whether I want to leave the video of my join up or not...
Ah, the joys of tatting!