Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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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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18 comments:

  1. Love the cute bookmark and I was thinking it would be a beginning to a hankie edging. The s chain is fascinating reminds me of a smaller version braid my mother used to buy for upholstering chairs when I was young. We have used it on many other projects and now I wonder if could use in a doll house :) Sorry you got me wondering and off the subject :) have a good day hugs from Carollyn

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    1. Ah, I think I know what you are referring to, Carollyn ! Had the same thought. And forgot to mention that there is an elasticity to that chain - it was fun tatting it, though needed care with picot lengths.
      I like your edging idea too :-)

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  2. Pretty bookmark and I really like the tail! Have to look at it twice to see that it's not pearl tatting. Interesting.

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    1. I call it the lazy tatter's faux pearl tatting, Jane ;-) Can be done with just 2 shuttles/threads, but gives a double-sided tatting effect.

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  3. Lovely bookmark and a very unusual tail, nice to see something different, love the colours
    Margaret

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  4. Beautiful bookmark!! And I love the tail!!! :)

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  5. Thanks a heap Margaret & Sue :-) I like the tail, too, and it is also has a very distinct tactile appeal ... Hope you try it some time.

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  6. That braid does make a beautiful bookmark! I'm fascinated by your process of making the tail, which looks perfect to me. I'm seldom happy with the tails for my bookmarks. I guess I have some experimenting to do!

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    1. Thanks Diane :-) Come to think of it, I seem to have tried a lot of different things for bookmark tails, depending on what would go with the body pattern. Tails become just as much fun then

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  7. another beautiful project Muskaan. It looks very difficult to me but oh so pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne :-)
      It is a tad beyond beginner level, even though it's only rings & chains.

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  8. Lovely bookmark! This encouraged me to sign to Craftree. Thank you Muskaan!

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    1. How exciting, Marja ! Will look forward to meeting you on Craftree :-)

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  9. This is a gorgeous piece! And I'm happy to say I found another blog to follow! I've included the link to my own blog if you wish to check it out :)

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    1. You just have to click my name.

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    2. Thanks Meagan :-) I checked out your blog & love the tat-alongs and other stuff going on there. Will add your blog to my list, too . We can never have too many blogs ;-)

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  10. I love it! I was curious about Martha's ball thread join, but the link didn't work.

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    1. Thank you so much for bringing it to my notice, Eliz. I checked, & the link url is correct, but it works only through Martha's pattern page here : http://marthas-tatting-blog.blogspot.in/p/patterns.html Butterick Butterfly Bookmark I will update both posts. Someday I hope to make the bookmark, now that I am comfortable using embroidery thread :-)

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