I bought new string. Couldn't help myself. Besides string is relatively cheap and keeps me entertained for hours.
[I'm using LizBeth thread; size 20, in 671-Christmas Red and 694-Autumn Orange-Med]
I have had an idea to use this tatting pattern for some time. My copy is from The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont but you can view whole ebook thanks to Project Gutenberg here. Isn't that great! What a fabulous free resource. There are even direct links to various sections of this lenghty book. If you'd like to look at the pattern I selected, scroll done to the Tatting section and click on the link for "Patterns of Scallops and Medallions".
I had an idea to use this for another tatted reticule. You can see from that bit at the bottom of the above photo that I had a bit of a setback but things are going more smoothly now.
Last summer when I suspended blogging for a bit I was right in the middle of the first tatted reticule. I did finish it:
It was a very enjoyable project. Tatting is much more summer-friendly than knitting with wool. Alas.
Currently my idea for this new bag is to do just a deep edging and then, using the same string (not sure which color yet) to knit a bag and affix the edging at the top. For my bag last summer I knitted just a shallow bottom which I attached to the bottom tatted edging. For this one the idea is to have the entire bag in stockinette with a deep edging overlay.