Thursday, July 3, 2008


The Making of a Heirloom
I am a firm believer in the value of the strengths that we need to pass on to our children to help them grow up to be well rounded adults. One of those strengths is that they know that they are loved and are reminded of it often. This is the reason that I wanted to make this heirloom doily for my daughter so that when I am no longer around she will have a reminder that her Dad loves her.
This doily is made from the pattern available from the online classroom here and is made with YarnPlayers Fern Hand Dyed Thread size 80. The doily is 17 inches across and took 11 skeins of HDT to make. It was a big project to work on but after seeing it done, it was well worth it. My daughter is coming home for a visit this weekend and I can't wait for her to see the doily. Now my son has asked when I am making one for him but he wants a rectangle shape.

20 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

You have tatted a beautiful heirloom for your daughter, Clyde! I'm sure she will always cherish it.

***Jon**** said...

That is a wonderful thought and I totally agree with you.

I have made a crochet tablecloth measuring 8ft by 6ft that will be part of the family heirloom. I am now crochetting another one about the same size. the first one took me about three years to finish. The second one is going into the second year and only about half-way done.

NormaH said...

A masterpiece! What a delightful treasured heirloom for your daughter.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Wow! That is beautiful, Clyde! Your daughter will treasure it!

BJ said...

Oh Clyde, First, the doiley is so beautiful Second, being a Daddy's Girl (even if I am 72) forever, I treasure each thing that we managed to 'save' from the flood that was Dad's. I still have the breadboard and a carved heart that he made when a boy. She will treasure this doily and when she holds it in her hands or gazes upon the doiley, she will always remember.
X bj A Daddy's girl eternaly!

Eileene said...

Oh Clyde! Its beautiful!! She will soooo love it.I wish my Dad had done something like that for me. She is a very blessed daughter and son. Great job. Eileene aka noiseynana

Jane Eborall said...

Stunning - just stunning. Lucky, lucky daughter.
JaneEb

Joy said...

Beautiful! ! ! As a daughter of two tatters, I agree with you whole-heartedly about the value of passing these things down through the generations. I also love doilies and other vintage designs.

Tattycat said...

This is too fabulous for words. I'm sure your daughter will be speachless as well! Congratulations!

Linda S Davies said...

Your perseverence is a credit to you, Clyde! What a wonderful thing to pass down the family. Just think in 2108 some decendent of yours will say "my great great granddad, Clyde made this beautiful doily!"

Gina said...

Clyde, not only is it a precious heirloom made out of heirloom quality thread, your tatting is stunning and you have blocked it perfectly.

What a beautiful gift to give a daughter! And thank you for sharing such a beautiful memory-maker with us.
:-) Gina

Bonnie said...

Clyde, I clicked on it for a bigger view, it is so beautiful. You should be very proud of it and I'm sure your daughter is going to treasure it forever.

yarnplayer said...

Amazing! Such beautiful work, and such a lot of it!
Congratulations, Clyde!

Karl and/or Madeline said...

I am a close friend of Tattycat.
This is not the first time I have visited your blog but the first time I have left a comment. The
doiley is just beautiful and I know your daughter will treasure it.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Bravo! lucky lucky lucky girl!

ANGIE said...

So beautiful!!! I feel like want to tat this doily.

Daniel said...

Fantastic workmanship, congrats on completing it.

Dantatter said...

What an heirloom, awesome work. Your daughter will just love it, and now you have to find something to do for your son, lol.
Very well done in deed.

Clyde said...

Thank you everyone for the kind comments about the doily and my children. I truly feel blessed to have a son and daughter who appreciate what there Father does and are interested in a heirloom made by me. It is comforting to have family values so important. It is amazing with access to the Internet the resources that are available to us for tatting, from new techniques for joins and stitches to antique patterns that where used by our Great Grandparents. The best part is we can start our own heirlooms.

TattingChic said...

This is just beautiful. What a lovely heirloom, I'm sure it will be cherished forever!