I will rant about that after I show you the progress:
This is very, very fiddly and I am not enjoying adding the twisted chain. However, it is not half as difficult as I thought it would be, so after enough procrastinating, I am currently adding the third motif. Good.
Because this is now a practice piece and I am considering it a “process” rather than a “product” endeavour, I am ignoring places where it this were a gift, I would redo some of the chain. But it is a learning exercise, and I shall have to wait till the next Fikkert project to raise the bar.
Now. The Lizbeth #80 RANT.
If you follow my tatting, you know how I have had dreadful luck with this thread. As I am only using #80 these days, because I find it the best of the lot, I was really disappointed to see how awful the #80 plum turned out to be.
I have attempted to show you the comparison to the white:
The twist is looser and the thread is way thinner - which doesn’t show up in the photo. You can see the fuzziness and the looser twist of the plum, though.
It is thin - VERY thin - splits like crazy, untwists and twists and is a very inconsistent thickness.
Here it is where it has decided to untwist... I am so unhappy with this thread and it makes the task much more difficult than it needs to be.