Tatting another set of wings for Miss Priss did nothing to alleviate her excessive frills, nor her identity crisis:

Miss Priss

and I ran out of thread in the worst possible place. For those of you who have not yet played with Ruth Perry’s balanced double stitch, it is really useful for long chains, but a serious thread eater.  It is here, and it is a pdf file.

Poor Miss Priss’s confused identity is entirely my fault. The top wing was tatted looking at a photo of the ornate butterfly collar in Priscilla Tatting No 2. Just before tatting the lower wing, I glanced down at the shelf below the one on which I keep my tatting materials and caught a glimpse of this colored drawing that was given to my by the ranch hand’s son carlitos-butterfly1

Now you see where the idea for the Josephine rings and scalloped chain came from.

They say that we all live with a certain amount of denial in our lives and that we would go mad if faced with the entire truth of our shortcomings. After more than a year of really focused tatting, I thought that I had tension under control. Then Patti Duff’s ‘Mini Tats’ came into my life. As far as I know, it is not currently in print, but you would have to contact Patti through the Shuttlebirds website to know for sure. The book has been in my tatting library for some time, but I had tatted only a few motifs from it. A call from the guild for additional motifs to be used in making table favors for the Shuttlebirds Workshop got me to tatting a few more of them. Pretty little things, an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. Some are quite ornate, and look like miniature rose windows. So, I loaded up the shuttles and started tatting. It did not escape my notice that the circular motifs were tending to cup quite a bit before blocking, so I redoubled my vigilance as to even tension between rings and chains. The result?no10-crop

No amount of blocking will flatten this puppy without overlapping chains and mangling petals. It is not a complete loss (could be a good start for a 3D Easter egg), but I really must face the fact that, despite my delusions to the contrary, my tension in chains does not match that of my rings. (sigh)

In closing, I leave you with a pretty assortment of motifs from Mini Tatsmini-tats

and the promise that I shall find out how to insert active links in the text before I post again. It is ironic that I have no trouble with this on the various cyber sites that I frequent, but do not seem to be able to make it happen on my own blog.