Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hacking The Hump

The last row of the Jan Stawasz doily was not working and I could not figure out why. Then I saw it.

Suddenly I realized I had tatted only 5 picots instead of 6 on repeating middle chains all around the last row!

There was no way I was going to cut the previous round, so I only snipped what I had done so far on the last row. That was quite enough exercise with the scissors.

Behold! I like it better than the original! Joy! (Mind, just my opinion! I don't mean to diss the pattern.)

You can see the different shapes, mine and Jan Stawasz’s in the photo.

I am not fond of edges that go up in a peak, or a humpy shape, as does the design that was intended. By having only 5 picots to work with, my edging has a more gentle slope to each element, a shape I much prefer.

This will take a while because of all the beads. They are tiny and the thread is #30 Cèbèlia, of which I have a lot, thanks to Sally.

 However, it frays and splits badly because the hook I must use is a #4. That is VERY tiny. Very dangerous! So, I am taking my time. Ah, it’s always something...


  1. It's looking pretty. Mind, your effort will be well worth it in the end if it all works out fine. Take your time. :)

  2. I like the new shape. Very smart of you to figure out the problem. It will be just right when it is finished.

  3. It's a very elegant piece - you are so clever with colours!

  4. Great save! I bet it's also the beads contributing to the original hump - they would change the shape a bit, wouldn't they? But now you've solved it. :-)

  5. it's lovely as it is, I like the beads you chose, very very nice, as usual. And for the rest, do you remember Fox and the Grapes? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fox_and_the_Grapes) :))

    1. Really? You think it is "sour grapes?" I hope not! I actually prefer the other shape, always have, if you look at my tatting history! But, I'll give it some more thought.
      : ))

  6. Well done! I'm glad you could find a way of proceeding without cutting the previous row or giving up.

  7. I love that way you have modified the last row. Does not look as cramped. Great save.

  8. Hi Fox

    Well done for sorting the pattern and finding a way without sniping it off, I looked at the picture not sure it might be the way the photo is but I saw a tiny little mistake on the last row, I don't think it will show when finished. Don't you go fretting and sniping as I say it might the way it's laying.
    Love to Gian.

  9. Just lovely!!! I love your beads they add just the right touch of elegance.

  10. You know I have that book too, and he does a fine job and good style but he never seemed to use fine thread like you do and that to me really makes things look better.

  11. I like how you've adapted the pattern to work with the 5 picots. The edge is smoother, too. I prefer the smoother look. Colors look great, too.

  12. Thank you, Tatters, for such lovely comments. : )

  13. Your doily looks beautiful(as I knew it would!!!)!! :)
    Patience is a virtue so taking your time means it will be awesome when finished!!! :)

  14. Despite all your misgivings, I like it a lot! Oh, those cute little beads!!

  15. Beautiful! I have to agree with you - your version has a gentler outer edge and looks prettier.