Sunday, 5 July 2020

welcome intrusions

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It has been amazing - the interest and the exploration that has already moved far and wide ... almost overnight! I cannot thank my tatting mates enough for their enthusiasm and for embracing the potential of Intruding Picot (ip)!

In chronological order -
Wally Sosa - This multi-talented and creative lady had also discovered this picot, calling it 'Evil', and dismissing it! Above is a nice comparison between, and combo of, normal and intruding picots.

Wally Sosa - Introducing the Rolled intruding picot! She combined her rolled picot with the ip to create such an interesting effect. And there's more - she has already tatted a beautiful motif/pendant using these and will be sharing a tutorial soon. Can't wait ....

Ruthie May - She interrupted her doily to try out her first intruding picots (thankfully she didn't close the ring - who wants to open a ring?!) and she has created this lovely pearl tatting/Maltese ring effect! It is something that had not occurred to me.

Ninetta Caruso - Can't keep her away from metallic threads and beads ;-D
Such a wonderful Beaded ip - as seen from front and back! Think of the scope for play....

Anita Barry - Independently, she came up with the Pearl tatting effect.
In the trefoil, one can see the dimpled effect in the side rings, and she has pulled up the ip in the middle ring! Creates a matted/woven effect.

Anita Barry - sent in this exploratory trial piece as well. The messy one on the right makes me think of snipping the ip and ruffling them!

This is my Filled Ring trial using ip. Didn't come out right, but I can put it down as proof of concept at this stage. Had thought of twisting them, but that was too fiddly. However, it can be quite easy if done on a chain.
I want to try it with SCMR. I also want to try it with folded rings and chains. Could we weave them as well or am I getting way ahead of my skills, head in clouds?
Lots of homework ;-D

UPDATE : Jane McLellan created a lovely bookmark using interlaced rings and intruding picots! Check it out -

Present Summary -
So, what a spread, with many more ideas to try out besides a downward facing picot - Rolled, Pearled & Maltese (using a single thread is now possible!), Filled, Beaded, Dimpled, Ruffled (inside!), Mock rings, Onion rings, bead in center of ring and other functions ..... this is just the start of the Intrusion!
UPDATE : I have used it successfully with dot picots, dot picot strings, double picot, twisted picot, and even a half-closed ring with twisted picot as it's base!

And speaking of welcome intrusions, a few more prettified butterflies flew in after 2 years! Did they get lost in migration - I hope not. Care to send in more Make Me Pretty Butterflies?
Corinne worked her cute version for an event by Association Francaise de Frivolite.

 Krystyna Mura posted her version - I couldn't even recognise it - so great is the transformation!

Madhur Dadlani was inspired by Corinne's version and posted this cool freshness!

Keep Intruding, dear tatters. No 'stings' attached :-))) 

Friday, 3 July 2020

picot is posted

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I am so happy with the interest and response here and on facebook! Hence worked quickly on the pictorial. For those who know what ‘posting a shuttle’ means, you don’t even need to follow the pictorial. Yes, that’s how simple the answer is – Post the Shuttle, leaving some bare space that will become a picot! So pick up your shuttle and play :-D

I had more names (posted, double-duty,  upside down, 2-way picot),  but due to my haste, and the need to notate my pics, I am continuing with ....

Intruding  Picot  Pictorial

Intruding picot proposed symbol/notation : or ip

Ring: 5 – 5 5 – 5.

1. Start ring 5ds, picot, 5ds.

2. Post shuttle – pass shuttle front to back, through the open loop of ring.

3. Once shuttle is posted, pull core thread to transfer the thread (not seen here), leaving some bare thread length. Hold in pinch …
NOTE: Just think of it as starting a 1st half stitch, with bare thread for picot, but instead of making the 2nd half stitch, make another fhs & shs. 

4. … and immediately work 1ds. This is how it will look.

5. With just a slight touch or brush, the picot falls down!

6. Adjust (notice the intrusion?) and continue to complete the ring working 4ds, picot, 5ds. Close ring.

7. 1 ring with intruding picot made.

Follow the same technique to make s in chains as seen in previous post. Practice first on rings, then move to chains. There is a tendency for the chain to flip around after posting the shuttle. Hence, hold the picot in pinch till chain segment is worked and all stitches snugged.

My Initial Thoughts
  • This is still in a phase of exploration, development, and refinement.
  • Intruding Picot is made with the ball or working or knotting thread, hence it remains in position though facing downwards. In the drop, down or inward-facing picots (tutorial links compiled here -, we hold a picot space on the core thread (using a paper clip or any holder) till a join is made. The intruding picot holds it’s shape and position without any help.
  • Now that I think about it, it is like a single interlocking picot (picots in a Josephine Ring after each half stitch)! links here -
  • Intruding picot is a double duty picot as we have seen in the ‘lollipop onion ring’ (termed used by Colette G) where the picot can be extended in both directions – down and up.
  • It is a textural picot when left free as seen in the bare thread over the line of tatting. It does not lie flat, and may not be acceptable to many tatters or in classic patterns.
  • It is of great functional value as evident in the onion ring and mock rings. It can also be used to add a bead(s) in the center of a ring after closing the ring! I will show it next time. 
  • It can be measured. There is a little trick to use the picot gauge here, but I need to study it further. With the trick, this heart-shaped ring is formed.
  • A lot of uses and applications are still left to try. Hop in and play around. But please do share your thoughts, experience, experiments, and of course, pictures! happy playing :-)))

Thursday, 2 July 2020

what an intrusion

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A few weeks back, while tatting the doily, a simple mistaken intrusion brought on the realisation this could become a new picot method! Hence I'm calling it the Intruding Picot for now. Suggestions for a different name are welcome.

And as I thought over it, more and more applications arose, making this picot not just practical, but versatile. Some applications are not visibly elegant, while for others it seems tailor-made. A peek into my first trials .....

The topmost scroll shows a picot, including 3 graduated picots in 3rd, intruding in the ring space.
In the 2nd ring, a direct comparison can be made between normal picots and this slightly textural one.
On chains, I tried directional tatting with these new picots.

Tried it on onion rings. The sequence of tatting is altered - outer ring made first, with one intruding picot in the middle. Then the inner ring is worked and joined to that picot. The extra length works as a decorative picot.
I first came across this altered sequence by Ninetta (please see details in section 1.3 here). But there is no need for 2 picots with this unobtrusive intruding picot as you can see below ....

Next the outermost chain/mock ring was worked and joined to that Same single intruding picot!
Nifty, eh?! And pretty invisible, too.

And finally for the present - mock rings. No more holding the core thread with a paper clip! Make intruding picot, tat the 'ring' segment, and join to the picot. That's it!
Oh, no there's more... unlike the paper clip inward or core thread picot, we can actually alter the length of the picot. Notice the difference in the base of each mock ring - the variability in 'distance' is deliberate.
There is a slight twisting of chain segments near the picot - needs work and practice.

There are a couple more ideas I want to try out (one as a ring filler), but couldn't resist sneaking you a peek! So, what do you think? And can you guess how it's done? It is so simple, you'll be stumped!
Do you think it is worth sharing - will you be willing to try it/use it? Can you think of more applications? Waiting eagerly for your comments and suggestions .... please don't disappoint :-)))