Friday, 19 May 2017

ring as a fish

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Is she daft, you ask ?! A tatted ring is tear drop shaped and everybody knows that !!!

Tatted Ring as a Fish
Ah, but when we tat a ring, what do we call the 2 threads dangling beneath - the ones we dread coz they need to be hidden ?
Tails (thread tails, tail ends) , correct.
And what does the opposite end look like - the one that is broad ? Add an eye Picasso-style, and what have you ?
Head - of a fish :-D
And this broad head determines how the rings are facing in a medallion or in a motif.

Inward and Outward facing rings

Being able to identify whether rings are facing inwards or outwards, can be of help in knowing 
  • which joins to use (for instance, do we need to know the folded or twisted picot join when we need to join to the right),
  • which shuttles to use and how 2 colours will be positioned, 
  • how to orient our diagrams, 
  • how to read tatting diagrams, etc. 
  • It also makes it easier to explain to others – see images below.
  • This is applicable to medallions which enclose a space, and also to rows and rounds in larger patterns - how are the rings joined - inwards or outwards. This also determines the overall Direction in which we work that row, round, or medallion - left/right; clockwise/counterclockwise. This in turn can help us decide what to tat backside in case of directional or fs/bs tatting.

The pdf shows how to identify inward and outward facing rings in a medallion or pattern, using fish as an analogy for a tatted ring.

The pdf is largely graphic. While it is important to know and understand tatting terms, the future of tatting is going visual. Be it books in languages we do not understand and rely only on the diagrams they present, or videos, it becomes important to understand, at a glance, what skills and tools we require.

So, head in the right direction -  follow the head of the fish ring !

If the heads are facing outwards in a motif or medallion, it is outward facing medallion -
are the fish trying to get away from each other or from a fisherman's bait ?!

If the heads are facing inwards, it is an inward facing medallion -
the fish are in a huddle, with their heads knocking each other !

With a fish analogy, it becomes Quick and Simple to tell at a glance and in a couple of words!

While I was working on the pdf, unknown to me, Sandra Figg was working on this video to show us the difference (we both saw the need, generated out of the same discussion thread!). 
Like I said - the future of learning to tat lies in graphics :-)  

The pdf has a few basic terms such as motif, trefoil, clover, medallion, scroll, etc. Hopefully beginners will have no problem in understanding them, and others in identifying which is which.

In case help is needed, I will explain them briefly, with comparative images/collages in next post. Your feedback is awaited. Please leave a comment or email.

whether you like to be in a tatters' huddle or running away from life's bait, 
keep tatting happily always :-)


  1. I love the fish as example, it makes it looks very clear!

  2. funny :) silly :) tatting lace information thanks :)

    1. It's fun to be silly whenever one can, Carollyn :-)

  3. I love your creativity! Now I'll have another story to tell beginning tatters to break up the tension and make it easier for them to succeed! Thank you!!

  4. It's the first time I have seen a ring called a fish, but for a beginner it might make more sense, sometimes describing something to a beginner can be hard, I must remember your fish in future.

  5. Thanks Mel & Margaret :-)
    There was some confusion/lengthy discussion/explanation relating to this topic on Craftree. That's how I hit upon using fish as an analogy. I sure hope beginners find it amusing and delightful :-)))

  6. Perfect and simple explaination.