Friday 25 March 2011

Russian Squared

I persevered with the "Russian Square" as I wanted to see what it would look like in a repeat of four.
I meant to put this at the end of the last post but didn't have the picture ready as I thought I had.  So here it is.  Two posts in two days, I exaggerate really...

If I was making this again, I would adjust the stitch count slightly as it doesn't lie completely flat when I make each square.  Obviously it sorts itself out with a light pressing but I prefer tatting when there is no extra tension between the elements, where it lies flat naturally instead of having to be "forced" into it!

Best wishes,


  1. I do like the shape of the motif. More than that I am scrutinizing your perfectly consistent double stitches with envy! What size thread are you using?

    Fox : )

  2. Thank you Fox! It's a size 20 Lizbeth. Definitely my go-to thread in most instances.

  3. I'm itching to tat a square motif now! Your choice of color is perfect, as is your tatting!

  4. Thank you!

    Diane, I DO like squares and find I'm always drawn to them. Perhaps because tatting IS round (curved chains and round(ish) rings), I like the contrast between the roundness of the tatted elements and the squareness of the completed motif.

  5. This Russian Square doily certainly looks neat! Perservere some more and you'll get a huge table covered. LOL

  6. Very pretty! I so agree with you about tatting designs that lie naturally without need of pressing. The extra skill of the designer who doesn't take sloppy shortcuts is impressive.
    And I also love squares. Tatting is so hard to get angles in that I love to see an elegant square formed out of the curves. I think it goes beyond just the contrast that you mentioned -- for me it is the joy of seeing an overall impresssion of straight lines and angles which, when examined, resolves into curves that are not strained and are following their natural design. Your Quatrain pattern is definitely such. I have it saved and am going to tat it as soon as I can fit it in. :)

  7. Thank you very much Tatterjil, very well said... it's like "poetry of tatting" the way you worded it!


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