I am keeping my enthusiasm up and was able to complete this snowflake/doily that combines Hairpin Lace and Tatting. The pattern for this can be found in Georgia Seitz's Online class site. I have been wanting to do this for quite a while. Hope Green gets the credit for motivating me to do this. BTW, she was my first instructor at Palmetto Tat Days in September 2009. I took her class - Precious Butterfly - which uses hairpin lace. She was so kind to provide all her students with a hairpin lace blank. That made life very easy. Once we were done with the butterfly, the second part was to learn to make the hairpin lace. I was determined to get it right and kept up with her the last night of the event to learn it correctly so that I won't forget when I get back home. Once I got back to NJ, the first thing I did was order the Clover Hairpin Lace Tool.
Of course, I made many adjustments to the actual pattern. Lenore English uses 72 loops but I had to use 90 loops to have the strip at least 7" in length. Therefore, my snowflake/doily has ended up with 7 points instead of 6. This is my first try and I will try it again with another count of loops.
I am going to participate in Jane Eborall's TIAS that starts on Tuesday. I better find empty shuttles and get ready. You can find the details at http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/TIASintro.pdf (sorry folks, I could not get this to work as a link....need to figure out what I am doing wrong)