Tatting for Holi
It’s Holi time – a festival of colours, of advent of Spring, of start of lunar New Year (for some Hindu communities), a washing away of the past & starting afresh, ….
A while back when I searched for tatting related to Holi, I couldn’t find anything; so decided to try something myself.
This doodle composition, which makes a nice greeting card, too, gradually took shape as well as symbolic meaning.
I visualized 2 pichkaris (pronounced as pitch-kaa-ree), the quintessential image of Holi with water curlicues in Spectrum colours. I have deliberately not used the term ‘water pistols’ or ‘water guns’…. Later I added a 3rd pichkari doodle.
Made with Bliss variegated threads, perhaps a size 3 or 7. Main body of each measures approx 1½” x ½”
|Floating Chain, Block tatting|
|Floating Chain, Block tatting. |
The longer piston has picots for attachment
Lock Chain piston, Twisted picot handle,
Lock Chain Block tatting
Techniques used & Tutorials referred
(click on each for link to page)
Lock Chain BlockTatting (although I did it a bit differently, using 2 shuttles & switching at each row)
Twisted Picot for handle bar of 3rd pichkari doodle
Each pichkari spouts a different colour of water, one each of the 3 basic colours, red, blue, yellow.
I used fine Rayon &/or silk threads & worked almost blind (stitches based mainly on experience & tactile decisions).
|Floating chains (SSSCh) for water|
|The tiny ring in some chains |
is a water droplet
|Yellow thread kept breaking ;-(|
In a later post, I will detail out the process & stitchcounts (wherever possible). It was a continuous process of learning & tweaking & adapting. Not happy with the Lock Chain Block Tatting in this instance, but persisted because I wanted to add to my ‘new technique learned’ list.
|A little cheating here. Simply tied a secure knot & snipped.|
A greeting card for Holi,
using tatted doodles & symbolism
So, what do you think this composition, and it’s elements, signifies ?
Happy Tatting :-)
Motif # 15 / II for 25 Motif Challenge