Dora Young

This is one of the project we did at Camp Wannatat last month. It’s Dora Young pattern that Heidi Nakamura rewrote and taught.

I realize as I try to describe it that I don’t know if I should call it a doily or a motif.  When does a motif become a doily?  Is it the physical size of the finished piece or the number of rounds?  This one is done all in one round, but it’s about 7 inches wide, done with a Snapdragon Lace size 3 hand dyed thread and black. Why size 3?  I really don’t know. I wanted to do a HDT and while choosing I just sort of gravitated to them for something different. I know a lot of people don’t like size 3, but I think it definitely has it’s place.

I was also thinking of doing it in size 80, just to see what that would look like.  If I did, the final piece would only be a couple inches wide. Would that make it a motif?


  1. Eliz Davis aka Tatknot Said,

    May 7, 2016 @ 4:03 am

    That is stunning! This is the first time I’ve seen this design. Thread size is such a very personal choice. I like to tailor it to the project.

  2. Jessica Said,

    May 7, 2016 @ 8:06 am

    I think this pattern really looks amazing with a variegate and a solid thread.

  3. Grace Atkinson Said,

    July 23, 2016 @ 5:41 am

    Gorgeous! I would love to try it.

  4. Sue Said,

    November 8, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    I don’t know how I missed this post, but that is totally awesome and gorgeous!!!! 🙂

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