Rose and Thistle Mat
I have started to make this mat in Lizbeth bright yellow size 20.
The pattern first published in "Tatting for Special Occasions Mats" now it is reprinted in "Mastering Tatting"
I only made it so far before making the first mistake. (Grrrr)
This is Lizbeth size 20 in Bright Yellow. It took me 2 hours and 31 minutes to complete. It is pucking in the center. Hopefully the will resolve when I press it.
The next step is to complete 7 roses. I just finished one row of the first row before going to bed. I am using the Bright yellow for the center and Raspberry Frappe for the outside chains.
Here is what the finished rose looks like. The pattern calls for 7 of them. It took an hour and 10 minutes to complete the first one.
Finished the 7 roses and now to Row 2 and joining the roses to the center.
I started row 2 using Lizbeth size 20 in Leaf Green DK. Sorry for the quality of the second picture. Should have used a tripod for the closeup. This row seems off to me. The written instructions were kind of confusing so I used the picture diagram mostly.
I am working on attaching rose #5. I messed on the leaves when I was attaching #4 so ended up taking that part off and starting again. I think I finally have the idea of row 2 only 3 more roses to go.
Over half way on row 4, now that I have the hang of how the row should go, I'm making mistakes.
Finished row 4, now to correct 2 missed joins and hide my ends.
I've clipped the ends of the thistles. The nice thing about lizbeth thread is it doesn't fray. That is causing me a problem making the thistle heads fluffy.
Untwisted the threads, but it still doesn't look fluffy.
Someone suggested using a needle or crochet hook. Still not fluffy. Next I will try an old tooth brush.
Well after brushing with an old tooth brush for a whole day (off and on). The heads are still not very fluffy. Now we know Lizbeth thread is very tightly twisted. One lady suggested Cornet thread would fluff out more. So if you attempt this mat and want a really fluffy thistle head Don't use Lizbeth thread. I love the colors that are available, so I will continue to use Lizbeth thread.
Total Time without brushing is 27 hours 37 minutes.
Red Ribbon in the Clark County Fair. Didn't get it block properly. The center was uneven also.