Warning : This post is Not for the weak-hearted, eye-candy-loving, perfectionists :-)
I am posting this as my process-documentation ….
Inverted Tatting – Inverted Learning !
In early 2014, I was so impressed by Judith Connors’ exquisite 3-D flowers & compositions with inverted tatting, that I plunged right in. And plunged in the deep end ! Went straight for 3-D tatting. I would start a piece, reach midways, then wouldn’t know how to proceed because the thread had a mind of it’s own ! Drowning, & obviously frustrated, I discontinued the exercise, promising myself to get more techniques, skills & practice under my belt, before taking it up again.
I had shared these on InTatters at the time, but the pic quality was bad; hence have re-photographed them ….
So first off, here’s what I made then, sometime in March 2014.
Revisiting after One year !
Inverted Tatting was still not on my horizon this early . But, well, Judith recently posted a picture of beginner level Beaded Damselfly on Craftree & I felt that I could probably tackle that. Now this piece is more 2-D, & it struck me that hey, This is the end I should’ve dipped my toe in first ;-P
So here are my latest ( I did not attempt the Damselfly, simply played around). Again, not good, but I can see my own slight improvement with a few do’s & don’ts for future practice (that are shared below, some of which were instructions by Judith herself) & definitely something I can go back to repeatedly, trying new shapes, etc. till I really improve.
Lessons learned so far :
- Use fine thread, preferably perle cotton. The variegated green, and the brown were in Anchor size 20 (last year), & latest white are in size 40. Unfortunately, no perle cotton.
- Start with simple, equidistant , equi-length picots. It is easier to come back & join as in a mirror-image.
- Lock join should be Tight ! Gives a neater, even, more pleasing look.
- Gradually increase the number of LJs in a single picot. I have made a few with 2 joins in the white paisley.
- Tension is Crucial. Lots of practice required there.
- Do not tug/snug the stitches too much ! My mistake in initial attempts, in order to convert to 3-D, was to really tug at the chain. It just ends up distorting the whole piece !!!
- Do not take extreme close-ups Until you have good pieces to show, lol !
Tutorials referred to so far include (click on each for direct link) :
I will add these & more resources to my Tatting Resources page, as I come across them in future.
What is Your favorite tutorial & tip for Inverted Tatting ?
A Little about Inverted Tatting
And here is what Judith Connors said about her 3-D projects :
“These samples use an inversion technique, an idea of Elgiva Nicholls and developed by To De Haan-Van Beek in 'New Dimensions in Tatting' (English translation from Dutch). It uses two shuttles and sometimes a tapestry needle. It's like sculpting with threads.”
That’s it for the present. As you can well see, I need tons of practice here !
And this technique might well take quite a few posts in future :-)