Friday, 3 June 2016

Part 3 snaking it's way through

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...... continued from Part 2
Starting the last leg of our picot tat-along, with a treat.

Method 3 picots of Mituko Ikuta (from her book "Shuttle Lace - Tatting & Bead Tatting 3", is the effect that, to me, distinguishes it from all others. I haven’t come across this intertwined overlap so far. The picots are not just layered and overlapping, but also snake in & out through each other. This effect is more visible when the picots are spaced apart. (Please read discussion at end)

We have made them on a chain in Part 1 - Sections III & IV
We will now try that effect on rings.

We start and work exactly like the layered picots in Part 2. However, there is one extra step involved : POSTING THE SHUTTLE THROUGH THE RING. Hence TWO shuttles become necessary here. That’s all there is to it.

(inspired by Mituko Ikuta)
PART 3 of tat-along exercise

To refresh memory, the pic below shows how to wrap & position the threads. (it is fine to drop the ring loop while working on the chain, & pick the loop again) .
In my first pictorial pdf I have used the terms ring segment for the blue stitches since these are made on the ring loop; and chain segment for the yellow stitches since these are made on the chain thread.

And this combo pic below shows the parts that the text will refer to …

VI. Over-Under Overlapping Picots on a Ring

Each overlapping picot on the ring interweaves with adjoining picot. It lies over the previous picot but under the next picot.
Load 2 shuttles and Start ring for each section with blue thread (SH1) and make 3DS.

Make 3DS on the ring loop with the blue SH1. 

Post SH2 back to frontPass yellow SH2 through the ring loop from back to front , but …
... keep yellow thread Between ring loop and blue SH1 thread.
Thus we have SH1 thread in front, followed behind by SH2 thread, and the ring loop right at the back.

Leave picot space and tat yellow chain of 3DS (with SH1 as core thread). (notice that the ring loop is not active in this step & remains at the back)

Let yellow SH2 remain to the left.  Leave picot space and tat 3DS (blue) on ring loop. 

Post yellow SH2 back to front again, as in Pic 29 ; leave picot space & tat 3DS yellow chain.
Continue to make alternating segments for required pattern, posting shuttle back to front before each chain segment, and close ring.
Yes, that's all there is to it !

The Treat !
Are you confident ? Then here's a treat. Try out Ninetta’s Butterfly pattern which uses over-under overlap.

I tatted this in embroidery thread - 3 strands 0325 and size 40 Anchor 0185. 
It measures less than 1 inch
Please refer to Decorative Alternatives in this pictorial for hiding tails when starting and ending (Sec III) ; continuing with the next ring (pics 21-22 on p4) ; and for the faux picot (Sec IV). These are on pages 5-7.  

Now that we know that the chain shuttle (SH2) needs to be posted, I encourage you to try the alternate effect of under-over picots without reading Section VII. Only remember to do the opposite : post the shuttle from front to back, in order to get under-over overlapping picots. 

VII. Under-Over Overlapping Picots on a Ring

Each overlapping picot on the ring interweaves with adjoining picot. It lies under the previous picot but over the next picot. 
(This was covered in Sec I of pictorial pdf )

Start ring with blue SH1 and make 3DS (blue). Then leave picot space & make 3DS yellow chain with SH2 using SH1 as core thread . At present both shuttle threads are in front of the ring loop.

Post SH2 from front to back through the ring loop.
Notice the position of threads – blue SH1 thread is in front, the ring loop is in the middle & SH2 thread is behind.
Compare with pic 30.
Leave picot space & tat 3DS (blue) on ring loop.
Leave picot space & tat 3DS (yellow) on SH1 core.
Remember what to do next ?
Post SH2 from front to back as in pic 36/37. In above pic, the shuttle has been posted & threads re-positioned. SH1 is all set to tat 3DS in ring loop...

Continue to make alternating coloured segments for required patterns, posting shuttle front to back before each chain segment, and close ring.

This completes the tutorial. But so much fun can be had by trying out 
variations of the picots  ...
different picot sizes ;
spaced by a single double stitch or more ;
in single or different colours ;
with addition of beads ;
interspersed with normal picots - within or between ; etc.
These picots, besides being decorative, also provide two (or more) joining points if required in next round, with slight Celtic effect !

sources of confusion

the name

The name Ikuta’s Picots has confused many, and also been challenged.
Method 1 is what we commonly know as Double Picots ;
Method 2 is a variation of the Double Picot where the very long Double Picots are joined to adjacent rings, creating a criss-crossing Celtic effect ;
Method 3 is a variation of the pearl tatting picots described by Mlle Riego’s, where instead of simple layered overlapping (as in Riego’s Raised Tatting Book, and covered in Part 2 of tat-along), there is also an interweaving between adjacent picots.
The reason why Georgia Seitz chose this name, in her own words
“I used the name Ikuta out of respect from Mrs. Mituko Ikuta from whose book I learned the method and it was to honor her memory that I taught the class in Spokane . Ok so no disrespect to anyone, this was just my way of indicating the type of picot.”

She has now decided to discontinue the name, and hence in this post I have used only Overlapping Picots. The term gives some idea of the effect created. I will be updating previous posts, too. But changing the notations on the pics will require a major overhaul, so I will have to let that be.

the Daisy Picot
Another source of confusion was the Daisy Picot . Now that you have successfully completed the exercise, what do you think ? Is it similar to or the same as the Daisy Picot ? 
Section II of the Pictorial pdf also shows how to use direct tatting for the chain segments in ring.

Here's a collage showing the main steps of making a Daisy Picot, and a couple of variations.
For easy comparison, the thread/shuttles remain the same – SH1 is blue thread, SH2 has yellow thread.

and to add some more confusion .....
the Dizzy Picot
Now consider Mark Myers’ Dizzy Picot. And Sherry Pence’s variation of the Dizzy Picot.
How similar or different is it from the overlapping picots discussed in this Part 3 ? The effect, the construction ?
This is your homework :-)

I have a few more interesting picot effects to share (some already shared on Craftree), but that will have to wait. I’m kind of tired with all these picots snaking in & out of my blog, aren’t you ?
So it’s tata to the current tat-along 

Happy tatting with a :-)

Related Posts : Tat-along Part 1, and Part 2