It's about time! Years ago - can it really be years - I was enchanted with the texture of the lace that certain tatters were able to achieve.
I had samples of motifs from; Jan Stawasz, Frivole, my friend Suneeti, Umintsuru and perhaps someone else, but these are the tatters who immediately come to mind.
It was a mystery how these artists got their lace so firm and stable, while mine just flopped about like a soggy noodle.
Well, it has taken seven years of pretty continual shuttle-wielding, a whole lot if thread and way too much off-colour language, but I seemed to have finally crossed some invisible tatting milestone and arrived as a qualified tight-tatter! Yay!
I had first noticed the firmer stitches as I tatted the next to last hankie border. That hankie had been more sturdy than usual, but I attributed that to the HDT I was using. I didn't even suspect it was because of my tension that my tatting felt denser and firmer than in the past. Same thing with the last hankie, but I was beginning to wonder if my tension had changed.