Friday, 13 October 2017

enclosed space medallions

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Enclosed Space Medallions
I have no idea where I got this lovely pattern or when. Years back I had made several (in blue and white) and have since given them away to my MIL, except for a couple. This was shared as part of the flower within” series of snowflakes.

Last couple of days I tatted these afresh, for a document on medallion classification I was preparing (for Design Class). It will be shared soon – with explanation and respective samples.

Based on Elgiva Nicholl’s book (Tatting: Technique & History), these medallions come under the category of enclosed space.  
Notice that there is a central negative space surrounded by rings.

Traditionally this medallion is tatted in 2 separate rounds – the inner rings-only round and then the outer one with clovers and chains. When done in this fashion, the rings face outwards and we also have a choice of using 2 different colours for each round.
(We can climb out with a split ring,  though. Even with single shuttle and ball, pull a length of tail to be used for the last split ring).

20th century tatters like to tat in one pass. The easiest way in this case is to work the inner round as thrown rings off the chains, using 2 shuttles.
Notice anything?
Yes, the rings are now facing inwards ! We thus have an enclosed space with inward facing rings. And the inner rings will take the chain colour, being tatted with 2nd shuttle.

I like the flower within medallions, but the one-pass medallion is quicker and easier to tat. The 8 rings of the ‘flower’ tend to overlap until joined (one can add tiny joining picot at base of each ring to stabilize).

Notice the difference in the size of each medallion ? These are all worked with Anchor Mercer Crochet Cotton. But –
The white-only is in the new size 20 (probably close to size 10 or thicker in Lizbeth);
The blue center one is in vintage size 20 (equivalent to size 20 in Lizbeth);
The variegated (embroidery, 3 strands) center one is in size 40 (equivalent to size 40 Lizbeth).

How can one combine threads (same brand, same ‘size’) for a pattern ??? Anchor (Madura Coats, India) has really gone down the dumps – not just in size ; even the smoothness and silky sheen are missing!

‘Picots’ is the topic for I Love Tatting’ series, posted this time by Renata. It actually translates to “picnic” !!! Either way, it was an enjoyable picnic tatting these and the picots do perk up the medallions :-)
I was hoping to create something new - I have something in mind, but in case I don’t get the time, this is my entry for now. Do check in the other entries – lovely tatting as always !

tatting is always a picnic to be enjoyed thoroughly !

15 comments:

  1. There's certainly more than one way to skin a cat, or tat a motif! How about 2 colours, where the chains and inner, thrown off rings are different from the outer trefoils?

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    1. Definitely, Jane !! About the colour(s) I probably didn't explain properly - my limited focus was on comparing the inner rings.

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  2. How annoying that the thread quality is deteriorating!

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    1. Well, white is the Worst of the lot, Jane. And different vendors stock different sub-sizes of size 20, making it terribly difficult to combine !

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  3. I do like those medallions! I try not to combine different brands of thread, as I get very frustrated when the sizes don't match. Sometimes the thread sizes are different in the same brand because of the dye... at least that's what I think!

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    1. It's nice to do some simple tatting with a beautiful pattern, Diane! I'm veering towards embroidery skeins now - for my pleasure tatting. For sharing patterns, though, I'll still use the mercer crochet.

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  4. It will be experimental to tat inner flower in diff color in one pass. Isn't it Muskaan? Lovely medallions. I love to tat with diff sizes threads but not of brands.

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    1. Yes, anything is possible, Usha ;-D I can think of 2 ways to do what you suggest.

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  5. Such a beautiful medallions! I'm glad that you are with us. :)

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  6. Piękne medaliony :)
    Pozdrawiam.

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  7. Lovely motifs, I have not been able to comment much this week due to illness,
    Love your buttons

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  8. Thank you so much Maryla, Margaret, and Bozena :-)

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