Motif 16 - the hunt for the lost motif

Ok so it is NOT the pattern I said I was going to do for Motif 16...ah well...

A while ago I did a very nice little blue motif. Before the challenge so it did not count. But it was nice so I tatted it and moved on to the next thing on the ever-increasing list...

A few months later - I was looking for motifs to tat for the challenge when I came across this curious little blue motif and thought I might like to do it again. So I went to my trusty tatting diary to find out where it came from and SHOCK ....HORROR.....I had NOT even entered it!
Was it Konior? NO. Was it from a Japanese book? NO. Where the heck did it come from?

This was so very very not me with my obsession of recording everything I tat. So I started trying to find the pattern. No luck. So I went to InTatters and humbly asked for help. How embarrassing LOL The Pattern Hunter that can usually find even the more obscure patterns for people, couldn't find a simple motif that she tatted less than a year ago!!!! HA HA HA.

BUT....Neither could anyone else at the time!!!! So it remained an elusive "lost" motif. There was this tiny nagging thought that it was : a) one that was part of a larger pattern and b) one that I had done during a tatting session with Dantatter. (turns out : yes and yes!)

No luck with that line of inquiry either......hmmmm.....

UNTIL....... 3 months later and hours of frustrated book looking. (Well that has upsides though...patterns....lovely patterns.....precious patterns.......And yes I guess at times some of those hours were not actually LOOKING for THAT pattern in particular..........)

I gave up on looking and decided to tat something out of Jan Stawasz's Tatting Theory and Patterns. Maybe something square? Ah there is a lovely looking one on page 75-77 - Doily Set! Hmm ...nice....I'll do .....WHAT???????????

There it was - staring me in the face, laughing, pointing and shouting IDIOT and running away. The darn motif!!

So I set myself a punishment - in a way only tatters could think of - I decided that I HAD to tat that whole mat so I would never forget again. (cool punishment hey??)

So here it is and seeing it is made from the "lost" motif I am putting it in here as Motif 16.

Lovely to tat BTW if you are thinking of trying it!

Thread was a disappointment - it is Lizbeth dark purple in size 20. It was crap to tat with. So unlike all the other Lizbeth I have tried. Had multiple knots and slubs in it. Very annoying. But the end product turned out ok


  1. Gorgeous! Me thinks it's time to jump headfirst back into tatting.

    I feel your pain about the Lizbeth lately, too. Nothing but trouble as of late. Hopefully this will be sorted out soon.

  2. Just beautiful, Liyarra!

    That is one book i don't have. I thought that all Jan's patterns are adapted to his own particular style of tatting, so I have never wanted to get the book. Now... : ))

  3. The purple and blue both look gorgeous. Pity about the knots in the thread :(

    I tend to get the knotted Lizbeth too. Haven't had any problems with the Altin Basak though. Crochet Australia are well stocked with the Altin Basik.

  4. So nice to see this post!

    It's funny how we finally find something when we 'stop' looking for it!

    I had to go back and forth to see where this motif was 'hidden' in the finished doily! You'd never know you had trouble with the thread. Jan's designs are beautiful, and you've done your usual excellent job of tatting.

    I always love to look at your fantastic slideshow, and although you list the designer and thread used, I'd like to know more about each item and how you came to tat it. Your work really is breathtaking to look at!

    I've said this before, but I think you're already on your third round of the 25 Motif Challenge!

  5. That's beautiful! I've been looking for something square so I think I'll have to find a copy of this book.

    I'm sorry to hear about the thread. I've not had any troubles - YET. So I'll keep and eye out when buying in the future.

  6. Wow, you've got a great result even though the thread was rotten.
    One day I am also going to tat this.
    You were the one helping me figure out this pattern so it is very embarrassing I could not locate the motif. Sorry, mate.

  7. Like, Kathy, I found myself searching out the motif in the finished piece. I love the interest created by the density and openness of the tatting. Very nice!

  8. Liyarra,

    I forgot to mention that I had the same thing happen with the #20 dark purple Lizbeth. Must have been a very bad batch.

    I am still using it and it gets wonkier as you get past the middle of the ball. Very frustrating!
    Fox : )

  9. Another book added to my long list to buy :) This looks great.

  10. This piece turned out beatifully.....but sad to hear that some of the Lizbeth thread has got little slubs in it.
    I have some Lizabeth but I havent tried it yet...I'm living in hopes that it will be O.K.

    Lovely to see you at the Guild...sent you a parcel hope you like the contents.

  11. That's beautiful Liyarra. I love it in deep purple. And the four motifs together are very visually interesting to look at, creating different shapes (little triangles, small circles, big circles, all within a square motif).


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