Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Annalisa from Tatted Doilies by Iris Niebach, made with size 30 purple Cébélia.

I have had this book for about five years, and have made some of the patterns (notably
Beatrice and Cornelia) a number of times. This Annalisa always looked way to scary. I got brave late in October and tackled it. I did a lot of retro-tatting, grumbling when I couldn't find my paperclip, and fussing, but got the whole thing done. I like it, and it wasn't really as difficult as I had expected.

It's been done for about two weeks, but I could not get myself to block it. It's still not blocked -- this is as it came off the shuttles. I know it will look better when I can finally bestir myself to block it!

Now I have to do the variations:
Annamaria and Annarita. What fun, eh? (^_^)


❦TattingChic said...

It's lovely! It doesn't look like it needs a lot of blocking! You'd be amazed what a little pressing can do with a slightly damp press cloth between the iron and the tatting! That may be all needs. Once I discovered that trick I don't think I have blocked since...I hate blocking...but then, my tension has changed a lot so the need for it isn't there anymore.

But if you are a die-hard blocker...then by all means, "block away!" when you can bestir yourself to do so, that is! ;)

Miranda said...

Wow! That does look challenging. I don't have that book, but Iris's designs never fail to amaze me. She is a genius. The feeling you get when you finish one of her patterns is like, "Yeah, I can do anything!"

Val said...

Looks fabulous, Marty. And it's not even blocked yet? WOW!

Jane Eborall said...

That is SO pretty. I love Iris's designs. She's such a lovely lady too. I had the pleasure of spending some time with her at Palmetto tat days in 2007 but sadly missed her when she came to the UK this past summer.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I've also been intimidated by Annalisa! Yours is gorgeous! Maybe I'll get brave once I've finished all my Christmas projects.

Carla said...

Very beautiful doily!
i also like the color.

Isdihara said...

Annalisa is so beautiful! Applause! Applause!

I have been looking online for a copy of Tatted Doilies by Iris Niebach ever since Lace Lovin' Librarian - Diane posted about starting her Beatrice doily. Can't find it! Suggestions?

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Hi Marty!

I sure hope I've commented somewhere, sometime on your blog, because I find your tatting to be simply AWESOME! Not to mention your writing skills and sense of humor! (Hope that thumb has healed! Ouch!)

So many things to mention:

This Iris Neibach pattern is STUNNING and perfectly tatted - and I'm amused that you think it needs to be blocked to look 'better'! Love the color!

I re-read the posts about your wonderful fair entries and well-deserved ribbons! I'm amazed they actually have 'Tatting' categories at all! And kudos to you for demonstrating - and taking time off from your job!

I love all the 'covered ring' items - beautiful earrings and snowflakes. I'm curious how you attach the snowflakes. Do you cover the rings afterwards, catching the picots? Also, you seem to have found snowflake patterns that fit perfectly into the rings!

I'm also curious about the Oren Bayan metallic threads for the earrings. I was stunned - yes, stunned! - to check that thread out on the Web for the first time! I've never seen it before!Plus the other thread they make! Now I MUST obtain some!!! Did you order it online?

One final note - I checked your 'knitting' category (as I'm a knitter) and saw the adorable children's items. I laughed at your 'I'm not an expert at knitting' comment! You're much too modest! The poncho is beautifully done!

Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Very Pretty. I have the same color thread.
Happy Tatting!

Marty said...

Isdihara: I've got a stash of HDT -- I should use it to make some of Iris Niebach's doilies!
You can still get her "Tatted Doilies" from Lacis ( Use this address:
then tell your browser to search for _Neubach_ on the page. They've spelled the name wrong so a search through their search facility won't find it using Niebach. It is there, though -- I'm looking at it right now!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

It really DOES look marvelous Marty! It's the prettiest square I have ever seen.

Krystle said...

I got the book from handy hands earlier this year.

Fox said...

What can I say that hasn't been said already? Marty, this is absolutely gorgeous. Really outstanding work and perfect in purple. I cannot stop admiring it!Fox : )

Marty said...

Krystle, you're right -- it's still there! I searched by author name, and it's just under title there. If anyone's still looking for it here's the url:

Marty said...


The Annalisa does need to be blocked -- or at least steam pressed (Tatting Chic is so right about that). I need to spread it out a bit with my hands and straighten some of the chains so the picots are all on the correct side! I made a mistake in one set of chains by using one too many picots, so I did it all the way through the whole doily. That's why I have to stretch it a bit.

As for the covered rings: Yes, I cover the rings afterward, catching the picots. I use the method Jon Yusoff shows on her blog at this address:
I think she's a genious with plastic rings!
The patterns I used for the rings were all slightly altered, shortened chains, or and extra row or whatnot to make them fit into the rings I already had!

I did order my Oren Bayan threads on line from Sunny's Ebay Store:
She's wonderful to deal with, and everything comes just as advertised.

Thanks for the compliment on my knitting. I compare myself to my sister who makes thing up as she goes along then enters them in their local fair (she lives in Maryland) and gets first prizes on everything.

Liyarra said...

Marty as usual your tatting blows me away - always so lovely and neat - even off the shuttle!!!
This is a gorgeous piece.

Susanne said...

You've done a really good job. It sure is pretty.
Are you sure it needs blocking?

M said...

Wow. I'm _so_ impressed. I've wanted to make this or one of the variations but it's a little too daunting at this point.

Did it take you a long time to tackle this project?