To be serene, prints Webster, is to be calm and peaceful. Suddenly, tatting is where I go to be in that state.
Before Zentangle, tatting was my focus and caused much frustration and tension, though I loved practicing new stitches, learning techniques and creating hundreds of works of tatting; the challenges were numerous and I welcomed them all.
Now that tatting has become something else, I see its true value to me as a soothing, meditative activity to escape from new challenges I have embraced. So, a major transition has occurred without my seeing it coming.
The 2016 Renulek pattern is the most enjoyable tatting I have done in eight years. Thicker, smooth, purl thread, repetition plus the infrequently added beads; all these factors are immensely pleasing and cause no stress. I concentrate on every stitch; no rush. This, to me, is what tatting is meant to be.
At the beginning of Row 8, it measures 10".