Early last year I had bought variegated thread online, and though the colours were gorgeous & thread good to tat with, it turned out to be thicker than even size 10 – probably a size 7 or 3? Nevertheless, I was impatient to tat with it, having used only one of the 5 variegation thus far. Both coasters were tatted in 2015 & some parts of the post may appear dated due to my subsequent learning. I have given away all my circular coasters (tatted up until July 2016), so I don’t have exact measurements or photos after blocking.
Melt into Spring Snowflake * ‘coaster’
Started : 15 Feb 2015
Challenges come in many forms, when/where least expected !
I was so happy when Marilee posted & shared her latest Melt Into Spring Snowflake pattern here. Daisy Picot was on my to-learn list. So the snowflake came at just the right time. Also, since it is a 6-point pattern, it could work well with the Chicken Wing Coaster I had recently made. So off I went & printed it out.
ariegated thread (no
colourway, dye details or size mentioned). Probably a size 7 or 3. Bliss ( India) v
South Maid Mercer
. Art. D-54, White. Size 10. Cotton ( USA)
Techniques : directional tatting, daisy picot, thrown rings (Josephine knots/rings)
Now, one would expect all the challenge & difficulty to lie in the daisy picot round. But that went off quite nicely ! What with her instructions & pics, as well Riet Surtel’s technique posted by Jane Eborall here, it was a very smooth & enjoyable round. No mistakes, no unpicking & retatting. Perhaps working with a large thread helps when doing a new technique.
The 2nd round is simply rings & chains ….beginner level. Yet, I kept making mistakes in stitchcount, joins, horrible thread sensation, you name it ! Finally, very frustrated with all the unknotting & retatting, I snipped it off. Glad Jane had gifted us these scissors ;-)
Started the 2nd round afresh the next morning & it was a breeze. But I learned something else about my own tatting….
The pattern indicates that the 2nd round is worked counterclockwise. Hence the chains are tatted on the front/right side, but the rings after RW, on the reverse/back side.
I found that my shuttle movement is such that the already tatted trefoils interfered with the shuttle, coming in it’s way. That’s when I realized that perhaps I tatted more easily, more smoothly if it is clockwise ?
So, when I started again, I went round clockwise, with FS/BS tatting & it Did work ! Must keep this in mind for future.
I anchored the JRs, by adding picots on either side & decreasing the stitchcount to compensate.
Marilee kindly permitted me to make any changes I wanted, but I am deeply unsatisfied & ashamed with what I did in Round 3. That was the reason I hesitated to post it for so long….
I loved the curves of the outer chains, but wanted the trefoils at the tips to be smaller or different. All I came up with was to make daisy picots like a corona/outline around the central ring.
Someday I will tat this again, in smaller thread.
tatted on 20th July 2015
Spot the Odd One out !!!
My notes reveal that I had taken a hiatus from tatting last year as well, for a week. I think I was sewing during that time. Anyways, this simple but lovely doily was my ticket to get back into tatting mode. It was quite a rage on Craftree at the time, where I first came across the pattern.
. Variegated thread (no
colourway, dye details or size mentioned). Probably a size 7 or 3. Bliss, India
South Maid Mercer
. Art. D-54, Color 430,
Cream. Size 10. Cotton, USA
Techniques : directional tatting, thrown rings (trefoils)
Started with this colour placement, but switched to the other because of thread size mismatch & also it seemed like the central flower effect was being lost.
This is one of those easy, almost generic, triangle motifs that can be used to create large fabric when joined in different ways.
Very quick tat, joining individual motifs as one goes.
One realization about working with variegated threads in directional (fs/bs) tatting dawned. I had started the 1st motif with normally tatted inner rings, & RODS for the chains & trefoils. Since this latter was a larger chunk of working, in next motif I switched to RODS for the inner rings & normal sequence for outer ecru part. This reversed the colourway (from clockwise to counterclockwise)!!!
Can you spot the odd one out ?
Again, many thanks to both designers, and my apologies to Marilee.
Hope I can do a better job next time.
happy tatting :-)