Wanting to get back on track last month, I chose a ‘simple’ one like Day 10. But as always, I have a penchant for complicating everything ! I have continued to play with colour combinations & placements in this snowflake, too.
The Tenth Day of December Snowflake
Visualization : The USP of this snowflake, for me, is the elegant curves of the long chains, which I wanted to highlight in a single colour (yellow here), keeping the rest of the pattern in the background. Could this be accomplished without an overhand tie, since the SLT would create a slight dent or break in the chain ?! If not SLT, then what else ???
Round 1 – measures just over 1”
3 strands of Anchor embroidery cotton : 0325 .
Techniques : single shuttle, rings-only, join last ring to first ring, hiding ends with SSSR, and hiding ends with whip stitch.
Simple round. To avoid hiding ends, I used SSSR for last ring . And hid the other tail with whip stitch on pink segment of 1st ring.
The whip stitch really works !!! Much easier, too, and I have been using it this past month. Thanks Carollyn !
Round 2 – measures 3¼” final
Anchor Size 40 yellow 4054-0293 in shuttle 1
Anchor Size 50 lavender 4054-098 in shuttle 2
Techniques : 2 shuttles, mock rings, Reverse Join (RJ), outer thread join (otj) , ball thread join, folded chain, picot joins (PJ), floating or thrown rings (FR), decorative & graduated picots.
fhs - first half stitch ; shs - second half stitch ; vsp - very small picot
To fold chain, start with a very small picot followed by seta (2fhs) or by setb (2shs). Folding the chain automatically reverses work, re-positioning the shuttles/threads. The same is true for reverse join, where shuttle positions get switched. Hence, one may have to continue to tat from the back side, even though this has not been indicated in the pics. (Please note : all pics, except #6, are taken from front side, even though work may have been reversed)
Working Round 2
Except for the lavender floating ring, all tatting was done with shuttle 1 .
1. Mock ring in order to split it into 2 colours. Reverse Join used to link to Rnd 1.
I also experimented with outer thread join, but preferred RJ.
2. Fold chain (vsp, seta) at end so that lavender thread comes to the left ;
normal picot join to vsp of previous chain to make a 2-coloured mock ring (inset)
3. Make last picot of floating ring very small ; fold chain (vsp. setb) at end .
4. Reverse Join to Round 1 ; again complete 2-coloured mock ring, but with reflected colours.
5. Ball thread join to vsp on lavender floating ring.
Now there are yellow picots on either side of lavender ring !
6. (as seen from back) Make normal picot on chain; fold chain ;
Reverse Join to Rnd 1, and continue from 1.
My notes :
- To compensate for difference in thread sizes, I added a few stitches to size 50 lavender in Round 2.
- The picots on both sides of the lavender floating ring should’ve been longer. This would’ve prevented the yellow chains from being pulled into an angular curve. The yellow chains stayed continuous, no breaks or colour blips, but the elegant curves were lost due to the picot lengths.
- It was only after the 2nd join, that I realized that the picot colours on either side of the lavender ring were different !!! (arrows in pic below show the mismatch on either side of lavender rings)ball thread join came in handy here. I chose yellow picots, but the alternate is equally possible – keeping all picots lavender. (pic #6) Hmm, yes, I should've gone with lavender picots !
Outer thread join is something I have used (& spoken of) in my patterns for a long time, without knowing the correct name. It is Teiko Fujito's "outer thread joining method". I even confused it with the slope & roll join since it's construction is basically the same, except that one ‘pops’ the shuttle thread through the picot. This ‘pop’ encapsulates the core (SH1) thread, giving a blipfree join. The formative movements are the same as split ring joins .
And the fun part is that shuttles can be switched in function, but the result will remain the same !!! (more on this in a future post - Part IV of Joins in Shuttle Tatting series)
My visualization did not take shape, but the happy note is that I could figure out how to choose a path(s) in order to reach the destination. Learning never goes to waste, and my growing repertoire of tatting techniques & diverse joins afforded me this freedom. I may tat this one again.
I have completed Day 7 using 3-coloured onion rings a long time back, but haven't been able to put together a post. Am currently on the last part of Day 17, where again I have used the running scroll to create mock rings in same colour, without SLT. That takes care of 10 snowflakes. To be on par, I still need to tat 2 more snowflakes this month.
Renulek's Wiosna Round 10 is over, but needs to be blocked before photographing.
happy tatting :-)
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