There was a Canada Day Fair at the harbour, sunshine, boats, shopping, a stroll through town, followed by a yummy lunch, treats and thread and tatting-talk! Thank you, Kelly for a lovely visit; I had a lot of fun!
And Gian is also enjoying his weekend. He is settling in well and seems to have developed an uncanny interest in tatting thread...
Another motif from The Tatters Treasure Chest:
I just love this motif; I find the symmetry, the shape and the proportions intensely pleasing. Unfortunately, I do not feel quite the same about the thread - the Perle #8, for which I have lost the love. It is so soft and I could not get it to hold its shape unless I pulled the stitches so tightly that they were distorted. So, I will have to try this in the thread Kelly has given me.
That thread is a Coats, lilac, size #30, which I have never seen before. Perhaps it is quite old. I am eager to try this pattern with it.
This pattern did, of course, cause me some grief early in the game: there were a number of false starts. And it is not even difficult - but I think I could have used Gina's eagle eye with the directions, as I do believe there was a mistake that was not mine!
Took me a long time to trust my instincts and to tat it the way I thought I should according to the photo and not the instructions as they stood. Slowly, I am learning!