Friday, 10 March 2017

revisiting options

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When learning, we move from easy to complex to consolidation. Further learning and explaining requires an ability to break the complex into easy. I’ve come full circle with this tutorial. In my defense, I am continually learning J

A Craftrean is working on Renulek’s Wiosna 2015 and referring to my notes. This prompted me to read through my Round 9 notes. Errrghh ! Unnecessary complication!
In light of more experience, here’s a simpler, more direct method of working that round, with shuttles always in position (no SLT or ungainly cross-threads). And how changing the base join can change colour placement. 
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Wiosna 2015 Round 9 REVISITED

Start with 2 shuttles, CTM (if using one colour).
I have used 2 colours to differentiate the 2 threads at a glance and also to illustrate colour placement options.
When working from the backside, you can use the reverse order of half stitches (RODS - optional, but indicated).

Start with shuttle 1 ring, working from backside. (RODS)
Reverse Work
Tat chain from front.
Lock/shuttle join to ring picot. Continue around the ring as per pattern. 
Last chain is to be attached in space between ring and chain as indicated by the pin in #5.
Lock join to base. (see join options below).
Turn Work
Switch shuttle and work the chain from backside. (this chain is attached to Round 8 in doily)
Switch shuttle and work ring backside. Notice that it is worked like a thrown/thrown off ring.
After closing ring, Reverse Work.
Work chain frontside and join to previous motif as per pattern. Continue around.
2nd motif complete. Continue in similar fashion for entire round.

Colour Placement Options
When working with a single colour, the above method is sufficient. But when we work with 2 colours, choices need to be made between colour of ring, colour of chains around ring, and colour of chain between adjacent rings.

Shoelace/Overhand Tie
We already know that colours can be switched using the SLT or shoelace/overhand tie. I am not a great fan of this method, but it does the job.

Onion Ring Join
Instead of a Lock Join at base of ring, an onion ring join can be used.
Pull a loop of chain thread & pass core thread through it. Tension and continue as before.
Compare the change in colour placement with first two motifs.
If we use onion ring join, the switch in colour will happen naturally after every 2 repeats.

Reverse Join
Pull a loop of core thread as if making a lock join. But encapsulate the chain thread within, and then make the lock join.
This tends to switch shuttles/colours automatically. What we would do with LJ+SLT, is accomplished with one RJ.
Compare colour placement with earlier motifs.

In conclusion, for the same pathway and working, we can choose our colour placement by choosing the type of join.
And, of course, there are many options available to work Round 9, as discussed in the earlier post and here.
Also, this same path can be used for onion rings ! I've been using it since Robin's Frauberger Bookmark which I learnt later (so I'm excused, right ?!)

If anybody wants larger pictures or a pdf, please let me know through comment or email and I will mail the original pics to you or upload the pdf.

till then, happy tatting always J


  1. Interesting for you to see how far you've come yourself!

  2. Very interesting to learn!! :)

  3. ... and explaining is your skill :-)

  4. Interesting...Now I'm tatting WIOSNA (spring)2017 , and you?

  5. Interesting, colour can change a pattern completely, either use two colours one for rings and another for chains or as you have done swapping the colours around.
    Interesting read

  6. Ditto on what Ninetta said, you do explain so very well.

  7. Thank you all so much for your kind words and constant support ! You energize my journey and keep me focused on improvement :-)

    Anetta, I am not tatting the doily this year, but am enjoying watching all my friends' beautiful work.

    You are right, Margaret. And how simple it is to switch colours with a change in join. Why should the Entire round be done in rings one colour and chains other colour. Mix it up and have fun ;-P