Friday, 22 July 2016

the hedgehog turns !

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The Hedgehog Turns !
(tatted on July 28, 2015)
While deep into the Cluny Tatting series I posted last year, some relaxation & distraction was in line. 
It came in the form of this cute hedgehog pattern that I first saw on Craftree, here . What drew me to the pattern was the use of Reverse Ring (RR) . I hadn’t done this since my first time in Teri’s Dandelion ChainLink Bookmark ! High time I tried it again. (In 1998, Teri called it the Split Quadruple Directional Ring (SQDR).

And sure enough I had forgotten ! SQDR or RR is tatted all from the front, including the thrown rings that emerge from it. But I used reverse order stitches in the thrown rings. That’s how the hedgehog turned !!!

Ruth Perry (Rozella Linden) 
Materials :
Anchor Mercer Crochet Cotton Size 20. Shade White w/ Tan 4054-1218
2-shuttles CTM.
It measures approx. 3”x 1½” 
Techniques used
SQDR or RR, fs/bs tatting (RODS), decorative picots, thrown/floating rings, padded double stitch, SLT (or turn work/folded chain or direct tatting) , split ring, lock join.
Abbreviations :
CTM - continuous thread method of winding 2 shuttles
LTROR – loop-tatted ring on ring
pds- padded double stitch
RODS – reverse order double stitch (as in frontside/backside tatting)
RR – reverse ring
SCMR – self-closing mock ring
SQDR - split quadruple directional ring

My Notes
The central ring can be tatted in at least 3 different ways:
i.         SQDR / RR (remember to tat from front only & post shuttle 2 before closing ring)
ii.       Mock Ring ( preferrably SCMR) with thrown rings
iii.      LTROR (loop-tatted ring on ring) 
We are quite spoiled for choices :-)

As mentioned above, I tatted the thrown rings in RODS. Decided to continue with RODS in chains, resulting in a hedgehog that faces the opposite direction to the one in the pattern ! This pic shows the hedgehog from the back side.

Added more picots for a fuller spinier back. At one point I thought of making twisted picots (floating) but wasn’t in mood to do the twist. 

I most probably skipped the SLT for snout. Either made a folded chain (vsp, 2 half stitches) to turn the chain; or I may have switched shuttles for direct tatting (reverse stitch). I don't quite remember after 1 full year.

Used padded double stitch for tail : 1pds(3,3), 1pds(3,2), 1pds(2,2), 1pds(2,1). Tie & cut.
Basically, 4 padded ds with decreasing number of wraps .

I could’ve added a black seed bead for eye. (shown in the pic is a painted black eye).
The piece is unblocked - fresh off the shuttles.

Many thanks to Ruth, for sharing this cute & fun pattern

happy tatting :-)

I'm on a tatting-free break for the past week in order to recharge my batteries. Yes, there is a whole backlog of posts (projects, tat-alongs, tutorials) & tatting to accomplish, but it was getting stressful & slow-paced. I am, however, taking this opportunity to upload some such old projects & reduce the backlog a tad.

update : 
This segment is in response to a question in the comments below.
It is a quick post, & limited to my understanding at this point in time. Hope there are no errors !
common threads - SET II 
Ring with thrown rings

I have included 5 techniques by which we can have thrown rings on a ring : SQDR, RR, SCMR, LTROR.

What is Split Quadruple Directional Ring (Teri Dusenbury) 
or Reverse Ring (Ruth Perry) ?

(( Direct tatting aka reverse stitch, wrapped stitch, unflipped stitch, hitch, encapsulation, 2nd half of split ring stitch. ))
  • I learned Split Quadruple Directional Ring SQDR from Teri’s instructions & diagrams which form part of her bookmark pattern. Can perhaps be called Split Ring with thrown rings or Rings off Split Rings. 
  • I don’t have Ruth’s tutorial or instructions for Reverse Ring (RR). But her RainBeau hedgehog pattern instructions/diagram seemed to suggest that it was very similar to SQDR.
  • So what is SQDR or RR ? It is a ring worked with direct tatting or like the 2nd half of a split ring.
  • We start with a loop of SH1, but use SH2 to make the unflipped stitches, thus moving in a counterclockwise direction.
  • Rings can be thrown off this central ring, using SH2.
  • The entire central ring can be completed in this fashion & it will be a RR, as in the hedgehog above.
  • The central ring can be started as a split ring (SR) & then worked in direct tatting, making it a SQDR. (in this case, rings can also be thrown off with SH1 on the 1st side of SR), as in the Dandelion ChainLink bookmark pattern where the first part of central ring starts with a single double stitch. The rest of the pattern is worked as a reverse ring with thrown rings.
  • In both cases, we are tatting True Rings.
  • We need to remember to post the shuttle through ring before closing it.
This video of Rings off Split Rings by Karen Cabrera will give a very good idea of how to work such rings, and the possibilities can be visualized.

  • We can get the same effect using SCMR, which is perhaps easier if one is not used to direct tatting. In Self Closing Mock Ring, the central ring is a Mock Ring - a chain, from which rings can be thrown off. It is worked in clockwise direction, with normal Double Stitches. And we need to post the shuttle through the loop left at the beginning, before tensioning it. 
  • In SCMR, all thrown rings are limited to SH2 (as in RR).

  • Another technique where we can throw rings off a ring is Loop-Tatted Ring on Ring (LTROR)

I came across this term & tutorial/diagram from  Anastasija P.Yelisejeva
In relation to the above : It is a True Ring. The thrown rings are also true rings, tatted using a loop pulled out from the ring loop itself. Tatting follows a clockwise direction
I used LTROR for part of Iris Niebach's doily It has an added advantage of being naturally blipfree, unlike a SCMR.
Another advantage : these can be worked with a single shuttle.
Karen's video for LTROR

To Summarize :
  1. In all the above 4 methods, multiple rings can be thrown all around the central ring. And when the central ring if finally closed, the thread(s) emerge at the base/start. 
  2. SQDR & RR are worked in counterclockwise direction, and we need to tat the thrown rings from the backside of the work ; LTROR & SCMR are worked all from the front, in clockwise direction.
  3. SQDR, RR, SCMR require 2 shuttles ; LTROR can be done with single shuttle & finger tatting.
  4. SQDR, RR, LTROR are true rings ; SCMR has a central mock ring.
Which technique one chooses will be determined by ...
  • colour placement, when working with 2 colours 
  • skill level, 
  • pattern requirement, 
  • number of shuttles used, etc.

all about the padded double stitch
LTROR in Niebach doily, with notes
SSSR with thrown rings in Sunshine Snowflake Lace
Common threads Set I


  1. He is an adorable hedgehog! I'll have to try to tat him some time.

  2. Enjoy the break. Cute little hedgehog.

  3. And this was done for relaxation? It is cute. Can you explain what a reverse ring is?

    1. Jane, I have updated my post to answer your question. And one technique led to another, resulting in my 2nd set of Common Threads (rings on rings).

  4. Ooh, isn't a h adorable? Well, done you!

  5. Thank you so very much Diane, Bernice, Jane, Michelle, & Sue for your supportive comments :-)))
    It's not as vibrant & colourful as Ruth's, but I like it, too :-)

  6. Ah, I see! Thanks very much muskaan. I have done some of these, like the loop tatted ring, but I was a bit blank on reverse ring. I've seen references to it, but not an explanation of what it is!

    1. I was fretting whether the explanation was clear enough, Jane. This pattern was my first introduction to the RR term, but it reminded me of the SQDR. Working on your question helped me clear my own concepts :-)

  7. Hedgehog is a cutie. Is it possible to make different elements and stitch it on to a fabric - a garden scene,perhaps :)

    1. Definitely, Deepa ! Tatters have done this with beautiful results, including sewing on to quilt blocks, gluing on to cards, making a framed wall piece/scene, adding a multimedia mix, etc. Do we see a garden scene tat-embroidered from you soon ? :-)))

  8. Cute pattern. Thanks for the explanation, very instructive, I didn't know the terminolgy.

    1. Welcome, Ninetta :-) Just putting 2 & 2 together . You do it instinctively !

  9. Cute little hedgehog :) It's a good idea to take a break now and again.

    1. Thanks, Robin :-) This Ring on ring common thread is making me itch to pick up my shuttles again & refresh my muscle & mental memory of the 4 techniques above! And if I find something helpful, I'll bore you lovely people with a repeat/updated post of my trials ;-P