Tuesday, 15 August 2017

designed to be a bracelet

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patterns for vintage edging and bracelet

Continuing with another vintage edging from the 1921 magazine. ), with 3 edgings posted out of 7 patterns. I believe this edging was destined to be doubled up into a bracelet or bookmark !

Vintage Bracelet from Edging #2
Needleart 1921 (Vol 8 issue 3)
Original Article - BellaOnline
New schematics-only pdfs of  Edging #2  & it's Bracelet variation


This is the original edging, with pattern. I used Lizbeth & Anchor threads in size 40 . 
Keep picots normal sized. Elegant scallops with a pretty straight header !
An easy ball & shuttle pattern for beginners and good practice for trefoils. 
This image is converted to pdf. Download Edging #2 pdf here 

Remember the simple tip about counting from tatted models? In this case, the rings are facing correctly, but chains show their wrong side. Hence while counting the chain stitches care should be taken to not count only the bars as 1ds. Hence each chain has 2ds between each picot.

 In order to avoid gapsosis, fold the trefoil before starting chain. Stepwise pictorial here.

I turned the corner using split rings. I like how the black continues to outline the contours.
My intention was to use this as a bookmark.
But findings can be added to the ring at the tip for jewellery, as I eventually did.

Notice how there were no beads initially (top left). 
Not that I minded the gaps along the middle, but beads would make it more ornamental. 
First sewed on large beads (top right), then added smaller beads. 

This is how the bracelet looks lying flat.
Size 4mm wooden beads & size 15 seed beads. 


I did a little Paint and Inkscape switcheroo with the scanned edging 
to see how a phase-shift return would look. 
What do you think ? Would you like to give it a go ?


We are celebrating 70 years of our Independence and I had a few ideas to tat with the colours of our flag. But time slipped away. This spring garland is probably the closest , though not in right order! Hopefully next year .....


I hope you enjoy tatting the bracelet as much as I did ! 

21 comments:

  1. Lovely scalloped edging, clever to double it for a bookmark or bracelet. Yes, I like the colour combination, the black outline is very effective.

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    1. Well a vast majority of vintage edgings can easily be converted & adapted, but I do like how this one turned out! Thanks Jane :-)

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  2. It looks great! Yes please... give the staggered look a go. I'd love to see it!

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    1. You really do want to keep me busy, Diane ;-D

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  3. Ooh a bracelet! It's so pretty, I love the black outline, reminds me of stained glass with the vibrant colors inside. I'm going to give it a go(rats, school starts today, could be a while)

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    1. Michelle you won't like that I sewed on the beads later ;-P
      Stained glass was the effect I was after, yes !

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  4. Great choice of colours! I like your idea to change an edging into a bracelet or bookmark :)

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  5. Lovely bracelet, I like the pattern and how you moved the pattern in ink scape too. Would make an interesting look.

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  6. Lovely pattern. I'm really drawn to the trefoil/single ring mix. And I see beads on those long icots between motifs. mmmmm Definately going in the to-tat folder! Thank you!

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  7. Beautiful bracelet! Your colours are wonderful :)

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  8. Love it all! The offset idea offers more stability with such good opportunities to join the two sides between every pair of clovers.

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    1. Good point, Eliz !! I was a bit queasy about the offset coz it looked like an intestine to me ;-P
      Always good to see you, m'ami :-)

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  9. Thank you everybody for your lovely comments and ideas :-)))
    The right colour/colour-mix can make such a huge difference to any pattern.

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    1. Thanks Renata :-) I'm sure you'll do an amazing job !

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  11. The phase shifted pattern looks great, more visually interesting than the standard orientation. Though I do think the original is pretty too :)

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    1. Ah well, Robin, so there's going to be another tatting project - will make it a bookmark this time ;-D

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  12. Thank you for the pattern, I love how the black outlines the design.

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