Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Huge Apology To Jane!

An admission... I have been harbouring the thought that Jane McLellan was an evil tatting sadist. Yes, I really held tightly to that nasty little meanness for about three entire weeks.

I was certain I could not meet the challenge Wendy and I had agreed to tackle before we were joined by other eager tatters, game to produce Under An African Sky - Jane's original design.

Imagine my disgust when I could not complete the first round. Over and over I tried and even attempted to adapt the pattern to avoid the overlapping rings. As it was, these rings had frustrated me for a good half year. Plus, I am using #80 thread! 

Many hours and a good deal of thread have produced nothing but dismay. The Monster was neglected. Meals were skipped. I raged.

WELL! I have completed the centre correctly! 

Dyslexia be banished! Apologies to Jane! Hugs to my shuttles! Joy! 

Happiness had me ordering a new LaCossette shuttle to celebrate! This was big.

The downside to all the good cheer is that there are SIXTEEN more of these ahead. However, I  think I now have the procedure committed to memory. I can only hope...



17 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks like some intricate stuff to figure out! But, it came out beautifully! Well done! I can't wait to see the new shuttle!

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  2. Wow, you got there see we all knew you could do it, well done.
    Love and a cuddle to Gian, I hope you don't blast his eyes too often with bad words.
    Margaret

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  3. You are too funny - and so inspiring! Great start :)

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  4. Come on,... Fox! (whining voice), don't be too hard on Jane. And think about all those very first beginners!!
    By the way: good you made that first round! In Rainy season African colors!!

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    1. I've never been anywhere in Africa, but didn't like the lemon yellow centre and thought the variegated thread was what I imagined a certain sunlight might look like! Delighted with your comment!

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  5. I was miserable trying it a size 40 I don't know you learned this with 80. You are very funny I remember feeling like an idiot because I did not see the other 16. I only thought there was one, I am goofy like that I dove in without testing the waters. Now that is is all over I can say I learned something from this little doily!

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  6. I think a reward for this huge achievement is most appropriate! Congratulations, you have conquered this mountain - as I hope to, with the help of Wendy's marvellous explanations and pictures. Not until grandchild no 8 arrives - just a few weeks more!
    I'd like to see the reward shuttle,please, when it comes!

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  7. oh happy dance for you! congrats on getting it figured out. that is a very nice doily Jane designed.

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  8. Congratulations!!!! A perfect set of rings! I'm so very happy for you! A wonderful accomplishment - and with size 80 thread, too! Simply amazing! I look forward to seeing all the colors you'll be using.

    I have never tried block tatting, so the animals will be a challenge for me, but I do hope to tat Jane's doily in the future. . However, I have to admit I'd never begin to attempt the Monster doily. I'll just admire it from afar!

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  9. Hey, you did it and in Size 80! So happy for you. Love the colours too.

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  10. Whoo hoo! Success! It looks great. I tried these once and they came out looking pretty dreadful so I went on to other things. So how much repainting/wallpapering do you have to do? (from all the blistering words that were spoken??)

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  11. Yipee! That's the way to hang in there, Fox! Kudos. Love the thread colours.

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  12. Thanks, Tatters!

    Wallpaper.....hmmmm. Good idea! : ))

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  13. Ура!! Nicely done! I agree, the interlocking rings are a tricky thing, right off the bat...I'm tempted to do all 16 now while I've "got it" and keep them in reserve until I make it to that row, maybe.

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  14. Ah, funny post, you know! :))

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  15. :-) I'm surprised that no one has called me an evil tatting sadist before now!!

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