I began working up different motifs to be made into the retirement gift for my coworker. The one on the left is from Tina Frauberger's Schiffchenspitze 1919 version. This book is available online for free from the Online Tatting Class. I was actually thinking of doing the mat on the cover photo, but thought it would take too much in blocking to get it to retain the shapes of those long chains. Then I changed my mind and decided to do the Tatted Luncheon set from Tatting by Penelope Book Two. I bought the revised version of this pattern by Rozella F.Linden aka Ruth Perry on Kindle. The great thing is that you can literally make the mat as large as you want by simply adding more motifs.
Then the idea came to add beads in place of the picots on the first motif. I also changed the thread color. I love the extra look beads can add to tatting. I don't like having to string them up or push them back on my thread. I didn't get far into even starting the motif when I called it quits with the beads.
I also go distracted by the little top hat by Amalie Berlin. You can get the pattern from Craftree.com. Her instructions don't tell you which picots are joining, so just assume ALL picots are for joining. I made that mistake and missed joining the first two rings when I started this third row. This is being worked with size 10 thread.