Tuesday 31 January 2012


I don't often tat Entredeux but there are some very beautiful ones about.  I need to find ways to use them.  Here are two by Mary Konior:  they are both to be found in the book "Tatting in Lace".

The first one is called "Corn & Chaff"
and I really like it.
I just appeals to me in its small perfection.
Motif No. 6
And it's so nice to tat, with only one shuttle.

And Blue River Glades (Lizbeth) which this is tatted with
has gone right into my top favourite variegated Lizbeth colours.
(Right up there with Vineyard Harvest, Autumn Spice, and Leafy Greens)
But this could be my number one...

This second entredeux I'm not so happy with but I'm showing you anyway.

This is called "Trellis".
The chains are made with what Mary Konior calls "Victorian Sets"
which are 4 first half of the ds followed by 4 second half of the ds.
Motif no. 7

However, the sample in her book looks much better than mine
with a much more obvious "zig-zagging" of the chains.
Where did I go wrong?

I'm going to have to try that again.

Best wishes,


  1. Both are lovely! I am also tatting with Blue River Glades. It is a beautiful color way.

  2. Those really are lovely - much prettier than the pictures in the book. You've named 3 of my favorite lizbeth colors too . . . I've never tried leafy greens, but I think I should.

  3. That is lovely...I think I will have to tat a length of that first one for the fun of it and use it on my crazy quilt! I tried the one with Victorian sets once and found I had to sort of poke/twist them in the direction they should go to get the more pronounced look shown in the book...

  4. I really like the first one, and that colourway is gorgeous. I'll have to order that next time. I find I often pull my victorian sets too tightly, and I lose the zig-zag. It twists, too, so sometimes the back shows instead of the front zig-zag. I do like the look of the trellis, though.

  5. I love the first one, and the thread is a lovely colour way for this design. I try not to do zig zag as it twists with me too much.
    Well done

  6. That blue/green thread is gorgeous! I have used that pattern a lot - love it. Very classic and simple.

    But, I ADORE that second one! Yours looks wonderful - I will now have to try it.

    Just a thought... what would happen if you threw the thread after each four half-stitches as you do in tatting a chain using only one half of the ds? I cannot picture it but it sounds plausible. : )

    1. Hi Fox, not sure throwing would work in this case as the stitches curve one way and then back... perhaps you could also throw the thread one way and then the other...?? I might have to give that a try.

  7. I really like the Corn & Chaff pattern - very pretty! And the Blue River Glades colorway is super.

    I also have trouble making my zig-zags look like the pattern photos - but I think yours look very nice!

  8. So why is it called "entredeux"? The corn and chaff is lovely. The colorway is nice. I think it's one of those I wouldn't have considered except worked up like this. Very pretty!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      It's called "Entredeux" because it's a type of lace that is symmetrical (usually) and the edges are straight so that it can be attached between two pieces of fabric, or to "join" two pieces of fabric so the lace sits "between the two", hence "entredeux".

  9. Oh, that Blue River Glades! I recently bought some after seeing it on several people's blogs, but haven't used it yet. I'll have to rectify that soon.

    I don't think you did anything "wrong" on the Victorian sets; you just made more of a gentle ruffle, nothing wrong with that! I do find that the zig zags are more obvious if I snug the stitches up after each set of half stitches, and use my thumb to kind of twist them more around the core thread as I am doing so. Or you could try making each set a little bit longer (more half stitches will corkscrew further around the core thread), and compensate by reducing the number of sets to keep the chain the same length.

  10. Thanks for the nice words regarding my doilies. The thread you asked about is called Vineyard Harvest, it is Lizbeth 131.
    And you do very lovely work yourself.
    Happy tatting from

  11. Just a note to say Thank You for sharing photos of your work! I love it! An art that many people do not pursue...just beautiful!

    Vanessa in Oklahoma

  12. Such lovely work. I love the shuttle also. Is it available, does anyone know?

    1. Hi Dreme,

      Thank you for your comment. The shuttle is from La Cossette (link in side bar on right). I couldn't find an email to write to you but please contact me using the link, also in side bar at the top right (under "Contact Me") if you'd like more info.

  13. I wish I could find Corn and Chaff to buy separately, the only copies I can find of the book are >£30 :(

    Blue river glades is one of my favourite Lizbeh colours too :)


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