I've been searching for tatting in Korea since I got here one month ago.
Yesterday, I took my first train trip to Seoul (a story in and of itself) and found the "Fabric Stuff" district. (No kidding, 'fabric stuff' is what it says on the billboards).
This district is huge comprising of hundreds of vendors selling fabric, notions and threads, etc. I honestly don't know how they compete with one another. There will be 10 vendors in a row selling exactly the same thing.
Anyhow, even though I can't seem to shake this illness, I walked 10 miles, got blisters on both feet and suffered two panic attacks due to the hoards of people. I don't like shopping....period. But I was on a mission to find tatting in Korea. I showed dozens of people tatted lace and shuttles, and although they were clearly impressed and fascinated, they had no idea what they were looking at.
My mission is to get well, learn enough Hangul to communicate and go back to the district and see if anyone is interested in learning tatting.
It was not a waste of a day however, after searching high and low and pantomiming in a ridiculous manner, I did find a little treasure that I hope to share within the next couple of days.
In the meantime...since I can't keep this under my hat any longer.
I have been working on this design for 4 months. Parts of it may be familiar to you as I have posted bits of this continuous doily before. Everytime I tat it, I come up with ideas to improve it. Well, it is not finished, and I want to add two more rounds, but I am quite happy with the changes and the progress thus far.
With the exception of the last round the entire doily is continuously tatted (no split chains), it took just shy of 1 skein of size 20 HDT. This one is tatted in "Raspberry Mousse". The second round will also be continously tatted.
This is tatted in the front/backside method, with some fun picot treatments thrown in and some block tatting. I have plans for one more technique to come. So far it measures 8 1/2" in diameter.
Not being very fond of doilies, (but wanting to be a well-rounded tatter) I decided I should design at least one really good one. So please tell me what you think so far...