Monday, 9 September 2019

changing chain curves

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The outermost round of Rosette Enchained (shown in previous post) pattern is a chain where the middle segment faces inwards. Since the side segments face outwards, we can consider them as convex, and this middle one as concave.
Please note that convex/concave is relative to a specific design and reference point in case of tatting. For instance this example by Sabina Carden-Madden.

Changing Chain Curves : Convex and Concave


There are various ways of accomplishing this change in curve, and I wanted to experiment with each to compare the effect. It’s always good to have a menu of options, allowing the tatter to choose based on project or skill specifications.

  • The first 4 methods can be done while working with a ball and single shuttle, but the 5th one needs 2 shuttles.
  • Some create a sharper point at the changeover.
  • Some methods create a mono-colour chain, or the main shuttle colour can show up in the concave segment.
  • For directional (fs/bs) tatting, the concave segment is usually tatted backside.

Do you have any other method to share? I would love to hear it.

IDEAS : Any of these methods can be used to create a long undulating chain. One can use it as a bookmark tail. Or each long chain can be linked to previous one to create a broader lace or latticed/reticulate fabric. Add beads and picots for a wonderful effect.


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Thursday, 5 September 2019

catching up

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well, I’m trying to in my own small way.

Firstly, a very special thanks to Jane McLellan!!! I had asked for volunteers for the tree pattern and within hours she had sent me her feedback and observations – she even test tatted it. Very valuable in smoothening out the presentation. A friend InDeed.

So, here’s the link to the MatheMagical Tree pdf
And good news… It will be published in a newsletter for Christmas. Will give you details after it is published, since I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise ;-)



Here’s the collage of my 10th snowflake for Land of Laces' 25 Snowflake Project - 
Rosette Enchained Snowflake and Ice Drop

You might remember the prototype from earlier this year. Since I couldn’t concentrate on a completely new design despite starting quite a few (bobbins all engaged!), it was a good time to finalise the ice drop. I’ll let you know when the pattern is ready. However, watch out for my next post where I will be showcasing options on how to change the direction of the chain in outermost round.

This time I deliberately went with 2 colours (both Lizbeth 20) for the ice drop. The bottom left shows the cab from the back. It would good as a pendant, wouldn't it?!
Hope to be back soon with some more progress on this front... 

Saturday, 31 August 2019

life without Ts

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Nearly the entire month of August has passed by without my favourite Ts....
Typing (on proper keyboard for blogging, pattern writing, ...)
Tatting (one full fortnight without, and then some !!!)
Tunes (no breath to spare for the extra movement required to switch on my fm)
Tea (my cuppas taste like dishwater - or what I Think the latter taste like 😄).

Thankfully, one T kept me connected when I wanted - my Tablet.
I didn't want August to slide by with just 1 post! When was the last time it happened?!

I've already shared these on facebook to some good reactions....

1. Rakhi 2019. 
This year Raksha Bandhan fell on the 15th. I had assembled with Budding Dahlia Snowflake with a calyx (which later became the Starlet in previous post), bead, and string.
In lower half, the middle petals are raised up for 3D effect.

2. Peacock in the Snow flake
This is a prototype of my 8th snowflake for Land Of Laces' 25 Snowflake Project. I'm going to try adding another round in white to symbolise snow. I uploaded as is so as not to miss out on another Sunday!
I've been a good girl in this project, right, using only regular techniques.  It was time to play .... this one has treble tatting stitch with variation,  giving rise to the serrated outline.

3. Summer Rose Snowflake
This has a very long and interesting evolution (that story for another post),  and I am finally happy with the outcome. 2 versions - one with overlapping, interlaced arms, while the maroon one is flat. Where one is more organic, the other brings out the design better. 
This is counted as Snowflake #9 for the project.

It's Sunday again tomorrow, and I hope to have something for snowflake #10!

All patterns will be shared when I am strong enough to spend time at the desktop. 
Till then, happy tatting .... 💜💙💛💚