It seems that I will have to get the scissors out to this doily after hours spent tatting it. I found the pattern on Linda's page here, and really thought it would work well especially as I was aiming to tat it for someone who wanted a green doily. Sadly though as I progress the work does not lie flat and gets worse after trying to press it down. May be my tatting is too tight? I am sure I did not make any errors, whatever, there is no use in carrying on. Sad but put it down to experience.
There may be a way to continue by not cutting all of it to pieces and making up my own version as I go along, although not sure I am clever enough to do that.