Thursday, 31 July 2014

Tatting Away II

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TATBiT’s
Tatted Dandelion Chain Link Bookmark



The buzz, the refrain in the tatting community at present seems to be “Teri is back, Teri is back…” ! And she’s back with her bountiful goodies of free patterns, video tutorials, tatting tales galore !

I choose this beautiful Dandelion Chain Link Bookmark as my first Teri Dusenbury project. It is a free download in pdf format (click on link; this particular pattern is mid-way down the page, done in beautiful pink), with detailed instructions, explanations, diagrams, & written pattern.


Thread used : Anchor Mercer Crochet Cotton, size 20.
Black
Yellow : 0289
Green : 0229
Measurements : 9 inches long ; 2.2 inches wide.

A scanned image of  TATBiT's Dandelion bookmark

My Jottings  

Some terms & their equivalents :

Directional Ring (DR) ~ front side/back side tatting (FS/BS)
Double Knot (DK) ~ double stitch (ds)
Larks Head Knot (LHK) ~ reverse stitch (rs) or 2nd half of Split Ring method.
Split Quadruple Directional Ring (SQDR) ~ Floating / thrown rings or rings on ring. But here, one works with a Split Ring (therefore reverse stitches) from which 5 directional rings are thrown off.
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Black color used for chain links. For the filler chain segments, I ended the last ring as an SSSR (single shuttle split ring) in order to hide the ends.
I added a small SSSR of 10ds at the very end to again hide tails And also to insert & tie a tassel later (I love tassels).

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Since dandelion flowers are yellow, the ‘petals’ or florets were done in yellow, & stem & leaves in green. Now here was the dilemma ! I had wanted green for the ‘calyx’ as well, but my skill levels were found wanting, even though I tried a few techniques.
Finally, I settled for an all-yellow petal & base.
However, while starting the yellow SQDR, the green thread was encapsulated & hidden within the yellow, so that later, there would be continuity of pattern, when the flower part got over. Thus, 
Shuttle 1 & 2 : yellow CTM. For SQDR center & DR petals.
Shuttle 3 : green. Encapsulated till required later for stem & leaves.
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This was the first time that I have actually done FS/BS tatting where it Really mattered ! And I kept forgetting to start the directional ring correctly, leading to unknotting the 1st couple of stitches almost every time ;-(
Another realization : It becomes essential to post shuttle in DR or FS/BS rings ! The 2nd ring in dandelion A has curled slightly since shuttle was not posted to front of work before continuing.
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When joining the DR petals, join to chain link from Back of work, since one is already working on the BS in a DR.
And the join is a downward or Down join, in order to avoid color blips.
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Once the SQDR was closed, I cut off one of the yellow threads, (hiding the tail inside the next few stitches), & continued with only one yellow thread as core & green as the working thread.

SLTs (shoe lace trick) were required when tackling the leaves from the stem because the core thread was yellow.
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The dandelions are tatted in an counter-clockwise direction ! So it needs a bit of getting used to.
I do wonder whether it can be done in a clockwise fashion, using SCMR (Self Closing Mock Ring) for center, with thrown rings for petals. I hope to try this out sometime, although it did not work out with 2 colors.
From my own failed attempts, I realized what an intelligent & clever pattern this was and why the need for an anti-clockwise and directional tatting ! It has increased my learning manifold, opening up the tatting field for me. I challenged myself to do the dandelions in 2 colors & am pretty happy with the result so far. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish ! And there are so many many more patterns, that one doesn't know which to choose next ...
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Before signing off, here's an amazing  Time Lapse Dandelion flower to seed head film by Neil Bromhall that I'm sure you will enjoy :-) It is a very short 1.41 min film only.

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Motif # 10 for 25 Motif Challenge

30 comments:

  1. Very crisp and clean, nicely tatted! I have yet to try any of Teri's patterns...too many other projects to work on

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    1. Robin, you already have the Jan Stawasz mega doily to keep you challenged & busy :-)) Enjoy !

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  2. Well done, and I love how colorful your duplication is. Thank you for tatting my pattern and blogging about your quest. I am a very happy designer!

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    1. I'm so so so glad you liked it, Teri. If designer is happy, then that is the best & ultimate compliment ! As I tatted, I got to appreciate the thought & effort that would've gone into creating this pattern. Thank you for sharing :-D

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  3. That's lovely! Could make a good bracelet too perhaps. I used to read Teri's blog a few years ago, then she 'closed' it. I'm glad to see her back!

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    1. Jane, that is a lovely idea ! Yes, it would definitely make a nice bracelet.
      Hmm, and with thicker thread (for greater stiffness), or sewn on to proper fabric, a lovely belt too ?!
      I'm glad Teri's back, too. I didn't get a chance to read her earlier tatting blog(s), so this is a wonderful opportunity; & with so many free patterns ....wow !

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    1. Thanks, Sue :-)
      I always enjoy having you stop by :-)

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  5. That is great! Thank you for the information can't wait to check it out!

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    1. Carollyn, thank you so very much :-)

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  6. Great bookmark and how brave of you to tat one of Teri's designs. You should be very proud of your accomplishment and to have Teri comment too. I hope to be as well of a tatter as you some day and I too am learning by retro tatting.
    Best,
    Bernice

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    1. Thank you for your kind words :-)
      Bernice, you are too modest! I've seen your perfect Spring Napkin & now you are tackling the Stawasz Mega doily !

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  7. Beau~~tiful !!
    Excellent color choice.

    And thank you for gooooood video.

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    1. Lee, I've been browsing through the dragonfly collection on your blog. You truly put in a lot of effort in researching & compiling, besides actual tatting :-)
      Glad you liked the video, too.

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  8. This is amazing Muskaan! I think I will be doing this bookmark. I love your colours too. The previous post with the six shuttle project is mind blowing. Pinning it to my board for future reference. Thanks for sharing the how to!

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    1. Thanks, Aysh :-)
      I will be looking forward to seeing your versions of bookmark & mac-tatted braid :-)

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    1. Merci, Lilas :-) C'est le pattern de Teri Dusenbury. Un beaute, non?!

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  10. Love your bookmark. I've downloaded the pattern to try it out. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I will be looking forward to seeing your version, mb :-)
      Glad this helped. Email me if you ever need any assistance ...

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  11. This is lovely. Thank you for your explanations!

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    1. You are most welcome :-))
      So glad you appreciate it. My learning took a new perspective, with this project.

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  12. Amazing design, you did a lovely tatting. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. You have aroused my curiosity about Split Quadruple Directional Ring. I try to find it on Teri's blog. Can you help me?

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    1. Hi Lilas :-)
      The instructions for SQDR are in the pattern pdf itself. Here is the link to above pattern : http://teridusenburystattletales.blogspot.in/2014/09/tatting-bookmark-tatbits-dandelion.html
      When you download this, you will notice that the pages are is a kind of mixed order. I arranged each page in Word, according to the page number given below each page, before I could start.
      If you need any help, please feel free to ask here or send me an email through my profile page. Happy tatting :-)

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