is how I visualized and rationalize my choice of colours in the next two flakes - the 3 states of H2O.
Fourteenth Day of December Snowflake
Right off, I am very unhappy with my working of the chains. In an effort to keep the silver thread from fraying, I was making the stitches a bit loose. But they are too loose and the chains are floppy and well, you can see for yourself. Lesson learned, is all I can console myself with.
3 strands each of the embroidery threads (Art 4625) are used, and the white is size 40 Anchor cotton
This 3-round pattern was split into 4 rounds due to placement of colours without having to resort to shoelace trick (SLT). After rounds 1 & 2, using 2 shuttles loaded with blue, I snipped away one blue thread, and added the silver thread for chains, with core remaining blue. Last round was worked with 2 shuttles in size 40 white.
Besides colours, I wanted to see if I could tat split rings (SR) in a way that their orientation still appeared to be like normal rings and the teardrop shape faced ‘correctly’. Except for the large ring, all others are split rings. If the silver chains had been tatted correctly, the SR experiment would’ve worked much better.
TIP : A teardrop split ring : the trick lies in closing. While closing, manipulate ring into desired shape, then hold in pinch, and close but don't snug too tight. Check to see that the shape holds and 'fiddle' till it is 'right'. Then, if required, tension further.
For the single split ring on chains, the teardrop point can be emphasized by using a lock join with SH2 (refer : 1.3.c Joins in shuttle tatting ) rather than the usual split ring join (refer 1.3.a) .
Msts : Rnd 1 - > 1" ; Rnd 2 - 1.25" ; Rnd 3 - 3" approx. ; Rnd 4 - 4.25"
Techniques – SR, LJ, LJ with SH2
Not much of a ta-da here, but Great News --- I have Completed this challenge !!! All 24 snowflakes finished, with a few additional ones (adapted versions or left halfway). Phew, just in time for Jane's 2017 TIAS . I didn't join last year & am thinking of doing both 2016 & 2017 simultaneously.
In keeping with my resolve to be less wordy, I will share the other state-of-matter snowflake in the next post ….
happy tatting & stay warm ã
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