One can never have enough bookmarks ! And I have been itching to tat one for quite a while. Hence what started out as a practice braid out of curiousity, got extended into a bookmark for my latest book.
Rings and Curves Variation
Braid to Bookmark
Original braid : 'Rings and Curves' by Elaine P. Gan
Variation : Judith Connors, on Craftree
This variation of the braid pattern was shared by Judith on Craftree as part of her description of & practice for Elaine’s Reverse Join (“The handy reverse join”). I have used the RJ frequently since the Wiosna doily & prefer it to the SLT (shoelace trick/overhand knot).
So here is my practice piece of the braid which I later decided to extend to a full bookmark.
Having used leftover green thread, it soon ran out. So I used Ninetta’s ‘elementary’ technique to add the chain thread and it felt a bit like deja vu. Loved the ease with which the thread was added & no ends to sew!
It was interesting to do directional tatting (RODS) in this braid - the changes were made in blocks of elements, just as in the Spinning Wheel mat
With the main body length completed, I had to think of a tail. A lock chain would be too narrow for this braid. The tail needed some width to be proportionate to the width of the main body. Picots on both sides !
For the few who actually read through my posts, do you recognize this? I tried it with metal here.
Yes, it is not a pearl tatted braid, but a S-Chain with picots. And the S-chain is a simple extension of a lock chain with complete stitches. Refer samplers # 10-12 here for comparison. I love how the stitches are diagonal to each other !
The tail still felt too narrow; so I decided to go for 2 tails & snipped off after desired length. And as always, the NanoMoment you snip, there comes this Big brainwave sweeping in all kinds of regrets ! Why have 2 separate tails ? Why not have them interlaced ?! I could’ve simply turned back ….
Oh well, damage was done. Reconnected threads to base & started 2nd tail, intertwining it with the first. Here, I used Martha’s ball thread join (explained in her Butterick Butterfly Bookmark pattern) to mask the links & keep the picots seemingly intact.
Look carefully & you will notice a green join on the lower left overlap & a pick one in the upper overlap.
Threads used : Anchor Mercer size 20 Art 4054. (pink – 052; green – 0241)
Measurements : Main body – 5½” x 1¼” ; Tail – 4 “ x ½”
Techniques I used : 2 shuttles, RODS/directional tatting, reverse join, S-chain, ball & thread join, adding new ball thread in a chain
Without planning it, this bookmark has 2 adaptations/variations of the lock join – the reverse join & the ball thread join. The latter is already covered in Part II of the Joins series, & the former will come later.
My Observations/thoughts on Reverse Join :
- RJ eliminates the visual dip caused by a lock join, and another dip when using SLT (I am not a fan of SLTs). Due to the encapsulated thread, no dip is produced.
- There will remain a colour blip which can be incorporated as a design element.
- RJ is much easier to undo than a traditional LJ, because of the encapsulated thread.
- In the bookmark, I deliberately used a down loop throughout to make the RJ. And since I was tatting fs/bs, some of these turned up as up loops. It doesn't change the spot of colour, but it Does change how the colour bar appears !
I enjoyed tatting this braid to bookmark - although only rings & chains, it needed one's attention. Another page in my learning turned :-)
Many thanks to all the wonderful tatters named in this post -
you enhance my learning at every step !
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