Tuesday, 10 January 2017

states of matter - 2

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Ripples !
Thirteenth Day of December Snowflake
Lene Björn

Clearly, this is the liquid form of water. I went for an ombré ripple effect. There's no white foam that one encounters if the ripples were closer to the shore, so perhaps the ripples are never-ending ☺  

Techniques : lock join, graduated picots.
Rnd 1 – >¼” ; Rnd 2 – ~1¾” ; Rnd 3 – >2½” ; Rnd 4 – 3¼” ; Rnd 5 – 4”

All embroidery threads (Art 4625 Anchor), 3 strands each.
I find that it is much easier to tame long chains in embroidery thread than in crochet cottons. Probably friction between the fibers prevents stretchability in the former ?

I didn't use split chains to climb out. However core thread from previous round was continued into the next round; only the chain thread was changed. This carry-over masked the lock joins (no colour blips).
Complete frontside tatting in clockwise direction.

The tatting went very quickly. It was separating the strands that took all the time ! Even got my DH to chip in – he held the skein, while I wound 2 cards simultaneously (one in each hand – quite a circus performer !!!).
I chose one card (acting like a ball), joined the thread to the work and continued to tat the round.
After round was complete, I wound the leftover thread on to a shuttle to use as core thread for next round. I now had less thread to wind J

TIPgapsosis in adjacent chains – midway along the chain ‘stem’ in round 2, I should’ve added a vsp to join adjacent chain, thus avoiding the gaps seen between a couple of the chain ‘stems’.

Future Idea : offset the graduated picots in each chain arch to create a swirling spiraling effect !
Or go 3D - smaller, with closer concentric chains, only 4 or 5 repeats, the right colours - voila a tuberose or some such!


A question to all you experienced tatters :

When can a working be termed an “adaptation” of another designer’s pattern ?
  1. If only different colours are used or beads are added ?
  2. If techniques are changed but not the stitchcount ?
  3. If both are altered ?
  4. If something ‘different’ in appearance is created ?
  5. Any other ____
eg. I doubt the above Ripples would be termed an adaptation, right ? But could the Poinsettia be an adaptation ?
I would really appreciate your thoughts and answers to clear the confusion in my head ...

 happy tatting always  

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  1. Fun to play with colour like that! I like the effect. Mmm, I'm not sure, but in my book colour changes would be 'variation' rather than 'adaptation'.

  2. That is a wonderful snowflake!!! :) I love the color gradient!!! :)
    I think Jane is correct in her thought. I would think an adaptation would be changing the design some, but I am just a beginner yet in my mind. :)

  3. I love your idea of using the gradation of color! Like a crescendo in fiber!! The water around here (the sea) does get foamy tips to the waves. So, your snowflake is a sea-foam-flake. As for when is it a new pattern, I vote for when the geometry changes. That's a hangover from music again. A singer may "cover" a tune, but it's still the tune. A tatter may tat a design with different color, picot placement, size thread, beads or even adding another round or something, BUT, it's still the design. Just my 4 cent worth.

  4. Wonderful snowflake! As for a new pattern, I think like Picotsnkeys:)

  5. Love your comments, ladies and thank you so very much for the clear explanations !!! (((Hugs)))
    'Variation', then, is a better/safer bet when in doubt. Part of the doubt arose when a Craftrean called the Poinsettia version an adaptation.
    Great imagery, Mel :-) So now I have a sunflake (Day 1) and an almost sea-foam-flake ;-P

  6. I was waiting for this success from you with the embroidery threads.. You were just one more blog post away?
    Nice beautiful elegant cold flake..
    change the color, add more petals, add beads, change the length of the chains etc etc.. however keep the base form of the design same.. becomes your "adaptation"

    1. Thanks, Usha :-) You, for one, should've understood the limitations we face here with regard to tatting thread. Both online shops have Not changed their range (in terms of colour & size) for over 3 years & I have All the shades they offer. To complicate matters, these may still not be compatible because there are at least 3 different thicknesses in the same size (20 or 40), besides the much more superior vintage threads I have left.
      Now, embroidery thread I have quite a decent collection with no problem of compatibility except for the colour/shade choices themselves ;-D
      Okay, your conception of "adaptation" is more encompassing than previous answers. Hmm,I should probably ask this question in more forums ...
      Thanks again, Usha. Glad you liked this version :-)

  7. I love the effect. I avoid embroidery thread for the very reason you said, more time to fuss with it than to tat.

  8. Someone taught me this easy method for separating embroidery floss. I hope I can express it in words. Take a piece of cardboard and cut a notch near each end. Separate a bit of the floss so you can put the two ends in the notches in the cardboard. It helps if you can add some weight to the floss skein by attaching a hairclip or similar. Hold up the cardboard and the floss makes a Y shape with the split halves going to the ends of the cardboard and the skein hanging down. Put your thumb inside the Y and turn the cardboard to wind the floss onto it, and your thumb will separate the halves as you turn. Pull more floss from the skein as you go. When you are done, you can cut the cardboard down the middle and have two cards of wound floss. The first 2 minutes of this youtube looks like this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1OWL3g_yAk

    For me, an adaptation would be a change in the stitch count or shape.

    1. Great explanation & precious video, Martha! Thanks a heap :-)))
      Now I won't have to ask hubby to hold the skein or do callisthenics with my wrists ;-D

  9. You've really pushed the edge here with this question of adaptations or variations using these two projects as examples. :) Of course, we can only chime in with our opinions, and, either way, I like that you are faithful to credit the original designer and the original work. I made a trip to the dictionary to make sure I clearly understand the differences in the two terms. The result is that I can't decide whether these two projects qualify as adaptations or variations. While the basic shape of the projects remain the same, you changed the instructions and techniques for both projects (for the Poinsettia more so than for Ripples) in order to produce a different effect. Yet, I think I would still call these variations of the original designs. I'm printing some of these to keep in my copy of Lene's book for future reference, so keep them coming.