Sunday, May 28, 2017

An Old Find

I was cleaning our mantel yesterday. I picked up a candlestick and found an old small doily I made probably 25 years ago. I don't know what the pattern is, but most likely it is from Workbasket magazine. I have a collection of those back through 1942.

It was really dusty, dirty, so I decided to try something. I have a little Orvus around here so I got out a glass pie plate, the Orvus, and some hot water and let it soak a couple of times. It didn't turn pure white, but then I didn't expect it to. I probably made it from something off white, like eggshell. Still, it came back pretty good and now I know I did not make it in brown. (I also spotted a mistake.)

Update: Seems it was from a book Learn To Tat (Janette Baker) about 2008. I don't remember making it this century, but maybe so. I do have pieces around the house from way back. I just cannot remember when. Of course, it is possible she used it from an earlier publication. I just don't remember. I hate getting old.


  1. I wish I'd kept some of my early tatting. I may have a few pieces but not the earliest of early ones. Sweet little motif you've got there, Tim.

  2. Glad you were able to revive it.

  3. it is beautiful I think I have seen that pattern too I like the one shuttle tatting on the edge around it!

  4. I'm positive that this is the Daffodil Doily pattern in Janette's book. Apparently it had some errors in the first issues, and Diane (Lace Lovin' Librarian) discussed them in her Feb. 1, 2009 blog post. Others alerted Janette about the errors, and she revised the pattern. You seem to have finished it OK! Glad you were able to refresh it. It has the look of classic tatting with Hens and Chicks around the edge.

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