Practise Does NOT Make Perfect

I’m still working on cluny leaves. The pattern is by Mimi Dillman and can be foundΒ here.

I may have missed a join. Or four...

I may have missed a join. Or four…

Picot holders

Picot holders between the leaves. Paperclips work, but they tend to hook on everything. There must be a better way.

Cluny Coasters R

My first coaster is on the left, the second on the right. They both still need to be blocked. Notice the bottom left corner of the second one.

Cluny Booboo

The chain should have been joined to the bottom of the ring, not the cluny leaves. The technical term for this is a ‘in too much of a hurry’ mistake. I now have to pick out the sewn in ends. This will leave me with less than an inch of thread… Much too short to sew in.

Swearing – and retro-tatting (picking loose the double stitches; tatting does NOT pull out) – may ensue.




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25 Responses to Practise Does NOT Make Perfect

  1. foguth says:

    Even though they aren’t identical, they’re both lovely.

  2. They are still just beautiful! My grandma used to tell me that things never show how long they took to make. Thank heavens!

  3. earthbalm says:

    You’ve examined and stated what went wrong and know what do do and avoid next so you’ve learned from the experience. That’s my definition of practise. πŸ™‚

  4. emmazocco says:

    They are still so beautiful you have so much talent! I hope you manage to “fix” the second one πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my goodness, these look great! They’re a nice shape, which is 95% of it. You might not be that happy now, but give it a few days. You’ve done way better than I ever did πŸ™‚ And yes, it sounds like you’ve learnt a lot, so it’s definitely not wasted time, even if you don’t think they’re perfect.

  6. Oh yes I understand the frustration. I made many doilies and now they just sit in a box. Your creations, no not perfect, yet beautiful. Perfect is boring. Wouldn’t you agree? πŸ™‚

  7. Sandy says:

    I’d never even be able to do that which fine to me.

  8. sunnyquilt says:

    Wonderful work! I love seeing your tatted lace:)

  9. D J Mills says:

    They look lovely, and unique. πŸ™‚
    I make lots and lots of mistakes because I lose concentration, and have become really good at cutting and joining more threads. I cut at the mistake, then unknot back to the last ring, then join more thread from both shuttle and ball, and redo the undid part, usually chains, and make sure the second time that I am joining to the correct picots on rings before i cut and weave in the ends. πŸ™‚ Then I use glue, Lots of clear glue, in case the threads unravel at the knotted in joins. πŸ™‚

  10. So intricate and beautiful. Such a contrast to my latest project πŸ™‚

  11. thebiasedge says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am so glad to find another tatter in blogland:)

  12. Crafty Di says:

    Would stitch markers work in place of the paper clips? They are little plastic thingies like safety pins but plastic. Love the blue you have used, I never got the hang of tatting, but you make me want to try it again!

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