I've made progress on my Spring doily. On the first cluster round. I was trying to decide if I should add that teal color here. After staring at it for hours, I decided to use it in the very last round of this doily.
One thing I love doing after Christmas, it's doing the after sales on crafting items. I found these balls at Walmart, they were a dime each! $.10, I can afford. I bought about two dozen of them in the four types below. I want to go see if they are more in the other three Walmart stores we have here, but for now this should be enough. I don't want to become a crafting hoarder. These ball are large. 80 and 100MM sized!
At another store I found these plastic serving trays. Only a dollar each. I picked up three. I thought they'd be a good base to mount some of the larger doilys on to. On one of them I have Jan Stawasz's beginning doily from Tatting Theory and Design. It's being worked in size 20, it's not going to fit when finished but in smaller sized thread I think it would look awesome. It has a nice reflective surface on it that if sealed with a thin layer of resin, would make a handsome wall decoration. The added appeal is that since it's a plastic tray, it wouldn't be too heavy if the resin layer isn't too thick. Plus is has a simple clean outer design that would compliment most tatting patterns out there without fighting for attention.
Some news for those wanting to know how I make my post shuttles,I've decided to start the tutorial. Using Jane's TIAS way of teaching, I'm making it to be easier on me and everyone to understand steps. I'm going to make up the first part today and have it posted on Friday.