I'm working on a butterfly applique from a vintage Priscilla tatting book. It's a pretty butterfly with some interesting techniques, but, since it's old pattern, there are many, many cut and ties. I can't to any clever way to avoid them. Urgh, as a modern tatter, those ends are really bothering me.
I suppose it's just the nature of the pattern. Since I can't eliminate them, I'll aim to reduce instead.