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~ Walt Disney

10 April 2010


Oh NO! The chains on my doily (the one I started here) are a mess! I know it's to do with the tension but I have unpicked/retro-tatted/tonked the earlier rounds and re-tatted. What do I do? Cut away these and start all over? It pains me to see this and more if I have to unpick and re-tat. URGH.

Two nights ago, hubby and I went out for dinner and I found this cutie flowery purse that I thought would replace my elmo tatting drawstring bag! It's not too large, roughly 10x8 cm, and very light. I love the colours. What more, it costs only $2, at Daiso. Will fit into my handbag as well.

I think I'll now go off to check out the new teddy bear supplies shop, opening in town today. Later...


  1. Val, Try Pressing it with a damp cotton dishtowel between the doily and a hot iron before you unpick it. I once had a doily that was bowling and I pressed it and it laid flat and was fine after that. I may save the day you never know. I mean what have you got to lose? Don't Iron by rubbing back and forth just press. It may be worth a try.
    Good luck.
    ~TattingChic ♥

  2. That happens to me as well. Enter... the steam iron! If I steam each section as I finish it, I don't have nearly as many problems. Don't set the iron on the tatting; hold it closely above it and finger press the chains into place in between shots of steam. I hope it works for you!

  3. Oh, no! Don't retat it! Just cut it out and start again. Much more fun that way and who needs that frustration!

    Love the little bag. Looks about perfect.
    Fox : )

  4. Thanks for your tips, TattingChic and Diane. I'll give steam iron a go. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Fox, cutting out the chains and starting all over will be next, if the steam iron doesn't help.


  5. I concur with TattingChic, Diane, Sharon Briggs and others who suggest hitting your tatting with a shot of steam from your steam iron -- use a damp pressing cloth in between! -- to flatten out ruffly edges. It has worked well for me every time I have tried it.

    And if it doesn't work to your satisfaction, you can still cut it out and start again.

    Listening for the whoosh of steam now...

  6. Patterns with rounds of chains upon chains will tend to ruffle like this. Steam press it or pin it out and block it and it will all work out.


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