Friday 13 May 2016


things just don't work out!  I occasionally have patterns like that where I start to wonder if I was meant to make them.  I started again on the little project from the previous post and went wrong again.  Well, the size of thread is better - surprising how much difference there seems to be between Lizbeth 20 and Anchor Artiste 20 but I managed to go wrong more than once while trying to re-make this.

First of all the centre part wasn't lying flat at all - but that was stated in the pattern as it recommended pressing the piece after the centre part was made.

Surprisingly, it did go completely flat.
That's better.

Let's carry on...

Hang on, that's way too tight,
I just can't fit all the little rings in!

Ah yes, my fault!
There should have been two picots on each
chain of the previous round, not three!!

Snip, snip, snip

Let's start again.

Now I've got the right number of picots,
the following round should work out better.

So I'm afraid that's all I've got to show for so far.

I thought I would be showing you the finished item in this blogpost but as you can see, I've been thwarted by my own incompetence!  

Best wishes,


  1. It looks like a wonderful center to a beautiful project!!! :)
    I hope the rest goes better for you!!! :)
    My tatting today was terrible, but it was just test tatting so I am ok with it for now. :)

    1. Thanks God's Kid! I too definitely have days when things don't work out as well as others so I hope your own tatting has "recovered"! :-)

  2. How frustrating for you. I'm impressed you cut it out and fixed it instead of chunking it in the trash. Good for you!

    1. Yes, I don't know if you should be impressed Eliz! Perhaps it was silly of me to cut and fix rather than start again! :-) Still, it's done now and I'm nearly finished the last round.

  3. Sometimes scissors are your best friend, and sometimes not. Looking great.

  4. Interesting how that one little picot changes everything. The center is gorgeous with the diamond in the middle. Sad for you but it is somewhat reassuring to know that even you do this occasionally.

    1. It's ok really! It's just a little thing but I still thought I'd blog about it as I'd not accomplished much tatting!

    2. I think it really helps to hear about others mistakes. Sometimes newer tatters are surprised to learn that those of us with more experience have our share of mess-ups, too. And I'm still learning from the rest of you. We don't all approach a problem the same way.

  5. I like what you've accomplished so far! Thanks for sharing that you also mis-read patterns and sometimes have to snip. It makes me feel a little less incompetent! ;-)

    1. I'm glad I made you feel better! :-))
      Oh yes, I definitely goof up on a regular basis.

  6. What a pity just a little motif can cause so many problems, I like what you ended up with


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