Monday, 21 March 2016

A new CKP voyage

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When the class material for March 14 was posted, I grabbed hold of the opportunity to try my first CKPs. No, this is not Vulcan for ‘Live Long and Prosper’, although I do wish the same for all you wonderful readers :-)
Welcome aboard …

Patricia Lyn Cobb
* click for pattern; pdf from class material link

Threads : When trying out something new, I prefer size 20 thread.
Anchor Mercer . Art 4504. Copper/Burnt Sienna – 0896 ; Dark Yellow – 0289
Metallic wire/thread in copper & silver.
Measurements :
Inner Circle : ¾”  ;  Outer Circle : < 1½” ;  1¾” with CKP
Techniques I used :
Celtic Knotted Picots (CKP), Split Rings, picot gauge for CKP, Catherine Wheel Joins, S-Chain, S-Chain with picots.     
One can climb out from inner circle with a SR or a double core SSSR, but this time I followed the simple route of cut & tie.
I love the use of CKP – a lacy way to cover negative space, and join 3 elements together !
When not adjusted/opened, the outer CKPs produce a single-picot angled effect which can be used creatively in an ensuing round !
TIP : While making the CKPs, in order to hold each loop in place, I had cut out little card stock picot gauges that I left inserted till joining was required (forgot to take pics).
Since the CKPs needed to be blocked, in order to keep them open, I inserted spacer pins. These weighed down the medallion & made a Lovely carousel. Photograph does not do justice to the fun transformation. 
TIP : One can add beads to the CKPs or chains of beads all around to weigh down the medallion; add findings above & Voila, one has a jhumka earring ! Or use as decorative tree ornament.  
The outer CKPs definitely called for blocking before I could proceed further. And this time, a rolling pin would not work, since each loop had to be opened & pinned individually !
I didn’t have a bangle of required diameter & was too lazy to look for a substitute. Instead I tied 2 metallic wire threads, joined them to one CKP loop & tatted an S-chain of 10 stitches, 1ds in next CKP loop, 1picot, 1ds in next loop of same CKP. Continue. 
To finish off, I continued with an S-chain with picots between spaced-out stitches. This can hopefully be used as a tree ornament.
TIP : The stitch count was arrived at by marking the distance between CKPs on a paper & drawing a straight line between them since I wanted a hexagon.
After 3 sides were tatted, I panicked, thinking that the hexagon sides were too tight. So 2 sides on the left have 12 stitches in the S-chain, hence the curvature.
What I don’t like is that the weaving overlap of outer CKP loops is not clearly visible. Maybe another stitch would help separate the loops ?
Before using the S chain with picots, I did a quick trial with the metallic wires. The first part (on left) has closely snugged stitches, while the latter half has stitches pulled apart by the distance of each picot.
This gives a mock Pearl Tatting effect, using only 2 threads.
I really enjoyed tatting this little medallion - worked in just one sitting - & converting it into a hexagon. Love the Celtic Knotted Picots – both for their effect and their multi-utility. They are a bit fiddly, though, & I may be wary of using them with size 40 thread. But who knows what lies beyond the horizon, in the vast galaxy !

Thanks to Patricia for her lovely pattern and don’t miss her delightful allegorical tutorial of the Catherine Wheel Join here. 


  1. Beautiful medallion! Metallic thread in tatting is very interesting idea.

  2. This one is on my "To Tat" list. It's a technique I really want to learn and Patricia's motif looks like he perfect project for it. I enjoyed reading about your success and appreciate the additional tips. I think I'll read the class log as well before I start it.

  3. That is toooo cooool! I need to tat this for my sister and I!

  4. Thank you so very much Sue, Marja, Eliz, Marie, & Jenn :-)
    Metallic thread does have the advantage of holding the tatting in shape !
    Hope we get to see your workings, Marie :-)

  5. musk great works really inspiring the doddas hibiscu flower are the ones i mentioned previously.where do you get bullion knots tutorials

    1. Thanks Amritha! In the Hibiscus post itself, I have linked the source to Georgia's article. Besides that, there is no specific tutorial I know of, though Karen will be uploading a video in future.
      Please read my notes on Bullion Knot in the previous post here : and you can watch Karen's video on Roll tatting here : Lesson 27 -
      I hope these will help you get started :-)