I have begun the new piece: a Jan Statwsz doily.
Being a glutton for punishment, I am using Finca #8, as it is easily available in a local shop. I chose ( from a limited selection of colour) a salmon pink. The top picture is too pink; the actual colour is close to the bottom colour.
Finca 8 is fuzzy and 2 ply, but works up to a rather dense fabric, close to between a #20 and a #10 Lizbeth. I like the bulk of it for Jan’s patterns, as he works in a heavy thread. I have one of his pieces, a small motif and I really like the feel of it. His work is very tightly tatted, but in a softer thread than Lizbeth.
I had considered ordering a Lizbeth, but it is just too rough to me, and the Cebelia that is available in a shop here is not right either - too bland in colour and not the right texture, so fuzzy Finca it is
The constant reloading of thread drove me nuts while tatting the Honey Napkin, so to avoid insanity, I have 2 shuttles on order at the local shop: 2 plastic Boyes!
I must have something larger than my constant companions, the lovely LaCossettes, as tatting only the small centre motif of this new pattern emptied the bobbins!
The Starlits are too big for me as are Tatsys, and I do not like the nasty point on the Sew Mates. Having used Boyes before, I think I can cope... We shall see!