Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Growth Spurt

I have made some progress on my magic square. But yesterday evening I thought I'd tatted myself into a dead end. Luckily I decided to just put it aside, rather than make 'corrections'. When I came back to it this morning, I could see a path forward. Phew!

Monday, September 25, 2017


I've been cooking up a storm in the last couple of weeks - bread rolls and pasta; pastry for flans and pecan pie; chocolate brownies and currant butter cookies.... With cooking and cleaning and entertaining neighbours and friends from far away,  I've been short on tatting time. The magic square is progressing slowly. I plan to do some tatting today and will take a photo tomorrow.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Half Way

Aha, I've done half my magic square and turned the corner. Now I'll tat a mirror image of this half. I hope I can find my way through that maze. The magic square still tends to boggle my mind sometimes!

Thursday, September 21, 2017


I'm doing fairly well at finding my way through the magic maze, but every now and then I miss a join. X marks the spot in the photo above. Hmm. I really didn't want to spend time retro-tatting or snipping and rejoining. I decided to just use needle and thread to make the join.
I'm using size 40 thread, but I split white size 20 into three strands and used one of them. I anchored the thread on one side, whip stitched to the picot, secured the opposite picot and then took my thread to the other side, repeated the exercise and finished off.
It is possible to see my join, but I don't think it'll matter in the bigger piece. If anyone wants to go looking for said join, I'd say they have too much time on their hands!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another Button

I took Jane Eborall's suggestion and added beads to the top of the button. It works well with this rather boring button. I have a few more buttons like this, which are similar but not matching and therefore can't be used for a sewing project.  This is a good way to use them up.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Progress Report

I haven't had a lot of tatting time in the last few days, but I have made some progress on my Patchwork magic square. Scroll down to see more about it and links to Robin's pattern.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Casting A Larger Spell

My last magic square turned out to be the same as Robin's diagram. I really want to tat a bigger square, so I'm having another go. My idea of turning Robin's diagram upside down is fine, but I needed to use a different 'apex':
That's the new one on the left and the previous one on the right. It does boggle the mind a little, I hope I can keep it all straight. So what I've done forms a quarter of the new square, where it was half of the previous one.