Tuesday, 16 May 2017

workings of a dreamy tatter

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Usha Shah

Tatted throughout with 3 strands of Anchor embroidery threads. Probably a size 30.
TIP : How to separate embroidery floss. This video link and handy tip shared by Martha Ess in the comments here, really really helped ! This time the hubster watched amused, from afar ;-P Life is easy :-D
Techniques : 2 shuttle tatting, split ring, mock picot, dot picots, dots, thrown rings, decorative joinlock join, long or decorative picot join, rosette, bare thread space, fs/bs tatting.

Workings of a dreamy tatter ...
I wanted a floral look, with emphasis on the black, hence the choice and placement of colours.

Rounds 1 & 2, worked continuously, form the foundation of this medallion.
After climbing out with split rings (remember to leave BTS on both sides of the SR while climbing out, and a very small mock picot before SR of rnd 2), I switched shuttles. Thus I could work the chains and dot picots and thrown dots frontside, using SH1. 8m thread in SH1 was completed depleted , and barely 2m in SH2. That worked out well – no short scraps left!
Both rounds were worked clockwise because of switching shuttles.
Check out her video on how to work dot picots 
I blocked only at the very end, hence the tatting is not as flat as should be.

Round 3 is the highlight of this pattern, worked Over the previous round, creating a layered effect. The decorative lock joins form a lovely ‘V’ at either end of the ring.
It is made in the same way as in these cute flowers here.   
This is how I did it : Make sure the chain stitches are snugged properly. Place the core thread over/across* a ring, and pull out a loop through the ring and above it. Pass shuttle through loop as in any lock/shuttle join. Tension just enough that it does not distort the ring.
Now this is lock join that is easy to undo !!!
* I didn’t like the end look of the join when loop was pulled up instead of down.  

Rounds 4 & 5, worked separately, are rosettes or flower medallions, attached ‘above’ !
Worked with single shuttle, the rings are separated by bare thread, and joined cleverly to the rounds before, through the ring ! These are simple picot joins, but with visible lengths of the loop that go round the ring base. These are worked in the same was as the long or decorative picot joins shown in these flowers.
All 5 rounds were worked in clockwise direction. Although if shuttles are not switched after round 1, then round 2 will be worked counterclockwise.

There’s a lot going on in this cleverly constructed and enchanting pattern, yet it is all pretty simple to work. I got to play with some of my favorite effects of layering and intertwining.
And this dreamcatcher is woven around the talents of so many designers and their techniques – a tatting dream J

Many many thanks to all the designers who clear the path for future creativity 
a special thanks to Usha for sharing her pattern

always dream tatting ! 


  1. It boggles my mind a bit, but is very effective!

    1. You'll easily accomplish it, Jane :-)
      The joins are also so simple - instead of a picot, one is pulling a loop through the ring, that's all .

  2. Very simple and clever design, your tatting looks beautiful

  3. Your medallion is beautiful. Color combo looking too pretty!!!! Idea of using black highlights layered effect. You made pattern look very simple to tat with your 'Muskaan' style explanation. Thanks a lot.

  4. Your medallion is superb! Thank you for the tips. I've been practising the dot picot for a while. Now I'll take a very deep breath and add your tips to Usha's wonderful pattern, and give it a try :)

  5. Beautiful medallion, thank you for sharing the information and the links to Ushas blog, I can't get it let me leave a comment on her blog at the moment, so I will try later

  6. Ninetta, I can't tell you how happy you make me - coming from you it is a real compliment :-)

    Haha, Usha, love your "style" :-) I thoroughly enjoyed working this.

    Thanks Sylvie :-) If you can do thrown rings, you can do dot picots. Glad to be of any little help - the pattern is indeed beautiful.

    Margaret, I'll look forward to your version :-) Thanks

  7. Love the colors this is beautiful!