Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Cornering An Edging : Tatting

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Tatting Tutorial
 Have a lovely straight-edging pattern?
Want to use it for a square/rectangular project?
But stuck on how to tackle the angular corner ?
Here are some very simple & easy techniques to continue without a hitch ... 

(for beginner &/or intermediate level )
One finds plenty of lovely tatting patterns for an edging, but rarely for a corner to go with the pattern, especially when one is working a square or rectangle. 

I needed 3 edgings for square cushion/pillow cases. None of the 3 patterns I chose had any corner. But, for the very first time, I made an effort to try my own hand at tackling the right angle by tweaking the patterns. Here's how they look .....

Three Edgings "Cornered" !


I. Simple Alignment

Many patterns lend themselves easily to  
a right-angled corner. All one needs to do is carefully align the edging along the periphery & corner, such that there are neither any ruffles nor stretching.   
(for complete Patterns : Waves Edging  & Crowns Edging)

I-A. Simple Corner Alignment of Waves edging 

I-B. Simple Corner Alignment of Crowns edging

TIP : Tat a length just slightly shorter than that required for the entire periphery. Do not tie/break off yarn. Tack on the edging. When you come to the end, tat the remaining short distance, Then tie off. Keeps the 2 ends joined neatly; no overlap or reworking!

Sometimes, an edging is not easily 'cornered'. It is either too loose or too tight around the right angle. In the former, one may need to eliminate or decrease some element (either a chain or ring); in the latter, one needs to add or increase a chain or ring.
But how does one decide what is required ?!
Following is the technique I used, tweaking the pattern to fit : in one instance, a chain was eliminated; in second, a ring was added.

II. Eliminating An Element

(for complete pattern : Crowns Edging Pattern ) Tat one length of edging - the approximate length of the pillow side.   

Then roughly position the 2 ends (the beginning & 'last' or  working ends) at 90 degree angle to form a corner. (image II-A) 

This will give you an immediate visual feedback regarding the gap/space to be covered, & thus help you decide whether you need any additional rings / chains / repeats or not.

I-A. Positioning 2 ends of edging to decide on cornering
     II-B. Simple elimination of chain creates corner

TIP : One can place the ends on grid or graph paper for a more elaborate & accurate designing of corner elements. 

I decided, in this case, that a simple elimination of thchain will suffice. Keeping all the rest of the pattern same, only the connecting chain was done away with. (image II-B) 

TIP : One could've added an extra connecting picot to each adjoining ring, too, for greater stability. Or a very short chain of 2 ds only.

III. Adding An Element

III. Adding an Element to Create Corner 

A similar 'positioning' technique 
was employed for the Oyster edging as well. 

A single extra Ring was added at corner & rest of pattern continued unchanged. 


Update : Last night I came across a superb technique on how to turn the edging corner using a mirror. This is especially handy for the more elaborate & adventurous edgings. Always learn from the pros !!!

I value comments with constructive feedback :-)

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