1. Maureen

    I used to crochet with size 10, before I discovered tatting, but having made the tractor pattern for my grandson last year, I can say that tatting an entire piece with it was very hard on my hands – however, yours are not aged, so maybe that won’t be an issue for you! I love the coffee table mat, and that, I think, would look best on one colour – the Renulek might be more fun though.

  2. Marian

    A solid colour shows up the pattern better (going by the samples above). A lighter shade of colour would also show up the pattern better. It is harder to pick up intricasies with darker coulours like Navy or dark purple. I think the needle tatted piece looks like it would be more durable.

  3. Ah – decisions – not always easy. Here are some thoughts from me to help you think. This is how I would reason if faced with this project, and might not be what is right for you.
    For a big doily/tablecloth I’d use single colour, white or ecru, as those are threads easy to come by for me and easier to make sure I have enough thread. Also using these basic colours makes the doily/tablecloth independent of season. If I need an “eastery” colour I’d use a yellow or bright green cloth under it and later a red or dark green for Christmas.

    If I were to use colour I would use solid colours as variegated colours hides the structure of the pattern. Also, if I were to use more than one colour, I would colour a picture of a finished white piece – if I could find one – to get an idea of how my choice of colours works with the pattern.

    I believe the quality of the thread is more important for the durability of the finished project than if the tatting is tight or not. If it is too tight, it might even put an extra strain on the thread and make it break easier. That said I personally would use shuttles even if my newbie speed using needles is quicker than my experienced speed using shuttle, but shuttle needs less concentration and is thus easier to carry on for longer periods – for me. I use magic loops and tatting over tails to hide ends quicker.

    Finally the size of the thread: choose the thinner thread. Size 20 looks more elegant than size 10, by both needle and shuttle.

    Happy tatting on your big project!

  4. Li Fén

    Wow ! I love the coffee table mat. It looks a bit lighter (airier ?) to me. I would definitly go with a solid color size 20 and with shuttle. I find it looks a bit more crispier to me. Otoh if you make it with a thicker colored thread and you don’t like it, send it to me ;-).

  5. Jaden

    Now this isn’t easy to answer since so many of it depends on personal preferences…

    I think I’d use size 20 and the shuttle if I had to decide it. Tatting with a shuttle might take more time but it also looks crisper. Hiding ends can be a pain but considering how much effort goes into the piece it will be nothing compared to that.

    Comparing the three doilies I think the Renulek is the most interesting. It has “denser” and more lacy parts and also very intricate and delicate sections.

    It looks very nice if you combine several colors (if you don’t like using only one color). I think I wouldn’t use variegated yarn for it, though, because that might kind of hide parts of the pattern.

    I hope you’ll find the right combination of tool, thread and pattern. 😀

  6. Linda B

    size 20 thread, solid color..shuttle tatted. I like the Renulek doily. If you do the Renulek I’ve seen it tatted in multiple solid colors.

  7. You didn’t say what size needle you used with the #10 thread.. in the samples. a #5? needle? It will tighten up some when washed or blocked. Now about patterns. I like the left one. the Center one is more uniform in density of thread in the rounds than the other two. I like the thinner.solid.thinner.solid.. variety. I’m doing Renulek’s. I’ve been needle tatting and ended up “fudging” the 7/8th rows to avoid having to do 30 floating rings in round 7. The italian “magazines” have some very large tatted tablecloths, one of them is on the cover — don’t remember the number, but its with a lot of pink on the cover, and the tablecloth, in rounds, is also pink. Can’t see the center on the cover, but its all tatted.
    For thread, I would choose one varigated and use it in a couple of specific rounds, and keep the other rounds in solid colors.

  8. Hi Judith
    I’m not sure what size needle I used – I don’t keep tabs on what sizes I have. I tend to match the needle size to the thread size for each project, aiming to get a needle as close to the actual thread size as I can.

  9. Barbara G

    I love all the doilies especially the Renulek one. I also love the spinning wheel, which I haven’t done yet. Anything by Konior is beautiful! I guess it’s time for me to do/make a bigger piece..!

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