And the snowflakes march on …
My March installment of 2 snowflakes per month for the Year Long Snowflake Tat-Along on Craftree
There’s nothing much to write about these snowflakes, except for my colour adventure in one & my split chain practice in the other.
Day Four Snowflake
Pushing my colour boundaries.
Threads : Anchor variegated embroidery cotton 1325. 2 strands
Anchor Mercer Crochet Cotton size 40 pink 052
Measurements : Rnd 1 - 1.5" ; Rnd 2 - under 3"
Techniques : 2 shuttles, directional tatting, floating/thrown rings, Reverse Join, Lark's head picot joins (LHPJ), Lock Join
My go-to colour with this variegation would've revolved around blues & purples , or white, black. But pink ? Never. Hence had to give it a go. Coz these snowflakes are also experimental ...
Rnd 2 continued clockwise after a Reverse Join to switch shuttles.
Added very small anchoring picots to a couple of outer Floating rings to stabilize, then discontinued.
LHPJ to link outer chains.
TIP : Elaine Gan's Reverse Join enables one to lock join to a point below the working element while simultaneously enabling the switching of shuttles, which is what I needed in order to change the colours.
Day Five Snowflake
Chaining the split chain
Threads : Anchor Mercer Cotton size 40. Aqua Blue. 4054-0185
Measurements : Rnd 1 : 1½” ; Rnd 2 : 2¼” ; Rnd 3 : <3½”
Techniques : 2 shuttles, directional tatting, lock join, split chain (SCh).
Started rings in Round 1 with RODS (reverse order DS) so that the chains would be normal stitches.
Deliberately done in single colour because I wanted to practice SCh. I want to become comfortable working the SCh.
TIP : During the Craftree Mystery TAL, I realized that after a chain is lock joined to a picot & returns back up for another picot join, the adjacent chains lie flatter together if 1 half stitch is reduced. Or in other words, if the LJ is considered as a half stitch in the stitch count.
Lene’s snowflakes are much larger than I used to think before, and I’m glad I chose size 40 to work them. But each pattern has something new to learn or try out, besides being so beautifully designed.
I'm still behind by 2 snowflakes but hope to catch up soon. And I've skipped Day 3 for the present. Want to work on it at leisure.
happy tatting :-)
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