Deconstructing FS/BS (RODS) Tatting
Many of us are visual learners. And a picture is worth a 1000 words anyway !
This got me to thinking of a universal graphic that could deconstruct & represent Stitches/Techniques.
This simple right-angle symbol seems to be easy & perfect to showcase Many different stitches, including some advanced ones. It is still a work in progress. But here is the 1st 'unveiling' .... It is meant to understand & compare a normal double stitch (DS) with a Reverse Order DS (RODS) commonly called FS/BS tatting.
I am uploading a picture, but for better visual, it is also presented as a pdf file which can be downloaded here.
A ring and chain pattern usually calls for RW (Reverse Work). The element we start tatting with (let's say a ring), can be considered to be the front of the project. Now, when we RW (to make a chain, suppose), we go from the front to the back side of the project. If we continue with the normal DS, they will look like RODS when viewed from front. The pattern may next ask for RW again, to make 2nd ring. So, we've switched to the front again, and normal DS will appear complete. Thus, in 'traditional' tatting, in terms of stitches, there is no Distinct front or back .... some elements have complete ds, some seem to have incomplete DS, despite the fact that the Number or Count of stitches is a complete numeral according to pattern.
Left motif is the back of project, with RODS ;
right motif is as seen from the front .
Now, since DS viewed from Back looks like a RODS, and conversely, RODS is nothing but a normal DS when viewed from the other side, we started to use RODS when tatting from the back. Hence in the description above, the ring is tatted in DS, RW, chain is tatted in RODS, RW, ring again in DS, and so on.
What has happened ?
ALL the stitches, when viewed from the Front of project, look like complete DS. And ALL the stitches, when viewed from the Back of project, look like RODS !
Thus we have a project with a DISTINCT frontside & backside. Hence the name FS/BS tatting which employs DS & RODS.
There are many tutorials that explain & demonstrate it much better (I didn't have time to take pictures of actual tatting). This post is meant more for the symbolic representation of stitches.
Hope it helps, though.
Download Free pdf of Deconstructing FS/BS or RODS Tatting
I would truly appreciate any feedback, criticism, constructive suggestions for improvement. I do intend to add actual tatting pics in subsequent posts in this series.
Thanks & happy tatting :-)