Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Flower Doily

I completed the doily with the flower border.  I really love this pattern.  So pretty.  I have no doubt I shall be tatting this again in the future.  



I made holes along my drawn oval (the bits of blue you can see on the edge is the marker I used which is water soluble so will wash away eventually but can still be seen a bit) and then used a crochet and the same green thread to attach the border into the holes I made with my machine.  I then folded the extra fabric on the back.  The decorative pink stitch keeps the folded edge in place.  I used a variegated Sulky which I thought would go well with the colours of the flowers.  But a plain, bold pink or green (or yellow or orange for that matter!) would have looked good too.


I found a pretty fabric that has a subtle cream on cream motif through it.




When I last made this edging, it was from another book and the flowers were larger:  there were 2 ds between each picot as opposed to just one as here.  And the "stalks" were longer (I shortened them here by choice).  Both ways look nice.


Here's one last photo on a dark background.
I think it really brings out the brightness of the flowers.




Best wishes,

25 comments:

  1. Fantastic, it really goes well with the doily, bright and cheerful

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  2. I love that, it looks fantastic, congratulations.

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  3. very pretty edging, and very pretty embroidery, all put together this is a gorgeous package.

    very good work Frivole

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  4. Beautiful! I love the way the colors in the edging are reflected in the embroidery.

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  5. Love it - but what’s not to love in green and pink with a bit of orange? So pretty!
    Fox : )

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  6. Absolutely beautiful, I am envious of this piece! So so pretty, great job :)!

    Bri :)

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  7. Very gorgeous summer doily!!! I love the colors!!! :)

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  8. Your work, as always, is perfect! I can't imagine that my curved hem would have turned out so well! This is also a great way to use those fancy embroidery stitches on a machine. And the beautiful tatting is enhanced by the crocheted stitches. Wonderful photos!

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  9. I would not get tired of this beautiful edging - it is just perfect on the oval doily with matching embroidery. I love this pattern too!

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  10. Really pretty, so bright and cheerful...it just makes one happy to look at it!

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  11. Wow, I love it! So delicate, so pretty.

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  12. Stunningly beautiful, I love the edging it's so pretty and looks and compliments the doily so well, well done on a beautiful piece of tatting.

    Margaret

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  13. It is very beautiful! Love the patterb.

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  14. Another truly gorgeous piece, the colors are lovely!

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  15. Saw this on InTatters and loved it. This is a real showstopper. Excellent!

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  16. Love the colors. Where might I find the pattern?

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  17. Hi Margaret, it's a vintage border which I have seen in more than one old book. But this particular one (there are slight variations) is from The Tatter's Treasure Chest. Do you have the book?

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  18. I first saw this edging many years ago in a book displaying antiques and thought it was gorgeous. I counted every stitch to make it and have loved it ever since. And you changed my mind about thread colors. I am one who did not care for orange with pink and/or red. But your edging is just like a flower garden. I just bought the same thread to try. My color prejudice is gone!

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  19. Both the pattern and the colors are perfect!

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  20. I have looked through the book and the only pattern that looks like yours is on page 72 and is called "empress". Am I correct? Yours is so much prettier that the book's. I like how you have revised it and the colors you used are perfect.

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    1. Hi Tatting-Marie, yes that's correct, it's Empress. I think my tension is a bit tighter than the edging in the book (you can see the bottom on theirs is flat, whereas the chain should be curved) - I have also shortened the "stalks" of the flowers from 6 double stitches to 4.
      Thank you for the comment! I'm glad you like it.

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  21. This is so beautiful. I wish you could teach me to make this. :) Lovely work.

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