I had bought a job lot of Cordonnet Special and had a huge stash of red thread....PERFECT!
Lovely doily but for me it has been a pain to make. The original pattern had 5 repeats in the centre but that didn't join up and sit for me very well so I did it as 6. Everyone tats differently!
The row of hearts for the outside is done as a separate round then connected to the main body of the work with a connecting row. That is not so hard but the hearts twisted all over the place as I tatted them and trying to make sure there were no twists in it when I did the final row was....well let's say it just gave me a headache LOL. Thank goodness for coiless safety pins!
I think a trick to keeping it all straight might be to fold the hearts over as you tat them and put them on a pin so they can't twist. That is what I ended up doing. Then I held the outer row in place with long coiless safety pins until I was ready to join so everything was right way around. Worked much better.
Lovely doily when it is finished. I am glad it was in 30 not 80 this time!
Thank you Land Of Lace for such a beautiful pattern and being so generous as to share it with us all.