Sunday, 23 November 2014

Deconstructing Patterns 3

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So far we’ve been able to find many smaller motifs ranging from Squares to Triangles & Hearts & miscellaneous other shapes , hidden in the Magic Square. (click on highlighted links)

Many of these small motifs can be joined as one tats, or in one pass, to create longer lengths for edgings, insertions, & the like. This has been my attempt for the current post. In general, I have refrained from creating new variations/derivations, sticking to the basic flow of the magic square. But the potential is just so vast & I couldn't resist a few glimpses! I am sure you will be able to recognize many of the patterns drawn below.

Edging past the square
Basic Edging (Figs 1, 2) : The most basic, following the flow of tatting, is this edging in Fig 1. In the same pic, I have superimposed the same basic pattern, but with slight additions/changes – eg. the black Josephine Knots & the Double Picots in both the chains, as well as in the joining rings. A sampler of how the basic edging would look in reality, using 2 colours.  
Fig 1.
Fig 2.

Basic Insertion/Bookmark (Figs 3, 4) :When one returns back (mirror-imaging), another edging/insertion evolves ! It could also make a nice simple bookmark, with the addition of a tail or tassel !
Fig 3.
Fig 4.
Elegant Cross (Fig 5) shows the Same pattern continue into a lovely Cross !
Fig 5.
Beginners’ Edging (Fig 6) is another very easy rings-and-chains-only edging (one side) / insertion (both sides), ideal for beginners. How often have these rings & chains edging been used to fill up patterns, including doilies ! 
Fig 6.
Broad Edging/Trim (Fig 7) is yet another lovely edging pattern, slightly broader, where no stitch count changes or special techniques are required.

Fig 7.
Fig 8, below, depicts 3 patterns – A, B, & C.
Simple Edging (Fig 8-A) : The bottom red edging is simple, again going with the original pattern flow. No change in stitch count required.
Insertion/Bookmark (Fig 8-B) : The center edging/insertion (Fig 8-B), with blue Split Rings on either side, is also made in one pass, with a mirror-image return of joins. SRs are depicted with a black line within the ring.
Abstract Floral Bracelet (Fig 8-C) : The topmost edging also requires Split Rings (black-lined rings)  to move from one set to the next & one has to return back to complete the pattern. It would, however, make such a beautiful dainty floral Bracelet (where the yellow ‘flower centre’ are beads) .
Fig 8.
Motif Border (Fig 9) is a collection of tiny square motifs.
For beginners (Fig 9-A), the motifs can be made individually & joined as one tats them, to desired length.
One-pass (Fig 9-B) : It can be made in one pass too ! I have tried to visually explain the path in Fig 9-B, by breaking it into 2 colours. Start with the brown; you will notice that the basic flow of pattern is very similar to Fig, 8-A.  BUT instead of a solitary ring above, make a very small Downward Picot (DP), shown as a black square. When desired length of edging is reached, return (this part is shown in teal) & join once with a  ring to the other 3 rings , & once to the DP.
Fig 9.
Elegant Motif Bracelet (Fig 10)  shows a simple cute bracelet pattern of tiny motifs joined with a red bead in between.
Fig 10.

In my deconstructions, I have not attempted to show any “extensions” of the square to form Larger motifs or laces. For instance, one can add triangles to each side to get a larger sq, ; or add the pinwheel triangles to get a zig-zag kind of surround ; … It’s all geometry ;-))
Or continue with the winding maze to make a beautiful shawl eg. Barbara Sears’ shawl.

I would also like to share another ‘deconstruction’: Ninetta found a Heart in the Mystery Doily here, when she was working Round 6!   
Kristen, has needle-tatted “Star No 2” from “Tatting: Patterns & Designs” by Blomqvist & Persson. This is the medium-sized square motif (Motif 2-B) deconstructed in this earlier post.

(I will be adding the Magic Square to my Resources page & keep updating 
with any & all examples/samples I come across in future)


My Experience with Magic Square

For those of us who have made this square, the reactions are varied. Some find it pretty easy while others have found it a bit tricky. I belong to the latter group. Having made 2 complete squares & 1 individual triangle, these are my thoughts :

  • I needed a good referral diagram. Since I had used a written-only pattern, I had to draw my own diagram as well as write out more detailed notations for the 1st square. For the 2nd square, I kept the 1st square beside me for frequent referencing.
  • Using Size 20 thread & ball & shuttle, 2 bobbin loads are required to tat one complete square.
  • Working with 2 shuttles will probably be easier ; in any case it will be neater.
  • Working with 2 colours might make the movements & joins less tricky – it will bring out exactly where the next element goes, which should be joined where, etc.
  • It helps to do this motif in all front side tatting, using 2 shuttles & reverse stitch for chains !!! I did this for the triangle, & it helps because one does not have to keep flipping the piece over; it makes referencing to & following a diagram easier.
  • Finally, and this is meant as a tribute, one needs an MC Escher type of brain-wiring to get it done easily; something which I sorely lack ;-/ While I Could clearly visualize & understand the flow, the path & the ‘logic’, when it came to tatting, it was tricky, what with having to RW after each element ! Hence all front-side tatting is of immense help !
  • As an aside, I Really need to practice the Dora Young Knot or Split Chain. I used it to end the square & is quite an eye-sore !

Motif #22 for 25 Motif Challenge 


  1. So much patience - for the tatting, the designing, the explanation and the posting! Impressive! : )

    1. All this I enjoy, Fox, but Not the slow connection, erratic server, temperamental network ;-P
      Makes me wonder how long I can keep up the patience ....

      Thank you for your kind sentiment - really appreciate it :-)

  2. The other thing fun about this is that all picots are used and gives a wonderful picotless look less frilly and sometimes I am in moods for that look :)

    1. So true, Carollyn !
      And some versions have almost straight chains, giving it an angular look.

    2. yes that seems to happen I guess with the tension, and is fun and wonder how that could have been for-seen

  3. Seeing this and Ninetta's post makes me wonder how many more patterns within patterns there are! My brain isn't wired in a way to be able to come up with all of the possibilities as you have done. Maybe I will start looking for them now :)