Sunday, May 21, 2017

How tight is tight enough when it comes to chains???

A few of weeks ago I bought two patterns from Renulek. The current Wiosna 2017 and a pattern called  "Snowflake".                                                                                            

The big doily I am having zero issues with and am up to round 9 so far.....the Snowflake doily however is frustrating me to the point that I am questioning every piece of tatting I have ever done!

I tat with a mediumish tight (definitely not loose) tension  that is pretty consistent however EVERY attempt on this doily has given me issues and bowled.

After 5 attempts to get past row 3, using different thread, different size thread, different tension, I just cannot get it to sit for me. So in desperation I searched everywhere for someone that had completed the pattern and didn't have any success (unusual) so I wrote to Renulek. Her answer was that perfect tension on this doily is essential, I am not tatting tight enough and that I need to pull my chains a lot tighter. "As tight as you close your rings". (Although being referred to as a beginner did ruffle my feathers slightly)

TRY AGAIN and this time TAT TIGHT...(ohhh my aching fingers!!)

 A tad tight but workable...

 Flattened out ok.

Chains pulled up so tight I broke the thread and cut into my finger.


This is not going to end well......


No recovering from this one.....

Hmmmm.... on the pics above,  I thought I was pulling the chains up as hard as I could but it still didn't sit for me!! Really worried about breaking the thread all the time too.

So - how tight is "tight enough"?

Oops....been a bit of a while!!

Just looked at my blog and cringed at the fact that the last entry was in 2015.....

So much for keeping up to date with logging my tatting!

Been a hectic year and not a lot of tatting but I will try to catch it all up over the next couple of weeks. Our dairy farmers here in Victoria had their milk price dropped unexpectedly and needed some support so I have been spending most of my time helping with food packages and assisting with applications to get the household allowances and other support. A big year and sadly still ongoing at the moment.

Moved into my own house (yeay!!) in Mooroopna in February and still unpacking and sorting things out. BUT..... do have a lovely little tatting nook, a lovely glider rocker (which is Sheridan Femia's fault because she introduced me to her one way back in 2006 and I haven't forgotten it!!), a nice warm fireplace for the coming winter and lots of natural light. No excuses now eh?

Today I have a bit of time to look again at some books.

These are from Terachi Yuuko and are available at

If you haven't had a chance to go and look there yet, make it a priority!! The shuttles are amazing, the books are reasonably priced and the service is quick and very pleasant!

(the first 2 were samples so the number on them isn't correct but they are Vol 1 and Vol 2) 

All the patterns are diagrammed, photographed and explained in English and Japanese. Easy to follow but not really something for beginners unless you are adventurous. Lovely all the same though!