Friday, 26 January 2018

dancing or flying ?

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Peacock is the national bird of India and today we are celebrating the adoption of our Constitution in 1950. Seemed like a good day to share the pattern inspired by peacocks – one of my favourite birds.

Dancing Peacocks
        


It all started with my desire to make a medallion enclosed with onion rings. If you remember I shared the design process & trials here...

There are reasons for choosing certain techniques and effects, most of which I have already explained in that post. I have detailed my own working in the pdf. 

However, it is left to the tatter’s own preference to work the pattern as s/he sees fit. I have deliberately not tried to work it in one colour, though.

I found it Extremely difficult to take a photograph of the blue/green model alone without having something else beside it. It always turned out hazy. Below is the only pic that survived the dump.


I find that if picots are added to the thrown rings, we can join medallions for a longer lace. Placed side by side, this is how they would look.

The previous post contains some more details and pics of the earring adaptations.

I got back to Inkscape after more than 2 months and it took a few moments to recover my motor memory for icons, etc. But once I got going, it was exhilarating. Which is how the earring schematic came about ;-P
And in the process I figured out another Inkscape hack on how to quickly draw an over-under thread - as a continuous curved line undulating around a previous element. Hope I have time to make a proper post.


Lots of links are included in the pdf. Click on the blue text to go to the source.
There are also suggestions for some variations and adaptations of the pattern.

Republic Day is also celebrated by flying kites. The late afternoon/evening sky is filled with colourful kites! I don’t know how to string and fly a kite, but I can sure string and let my shuttle fly!!!


hope you dance & fly with this pattern as I have :-)

19 comments:

  1. Oh I like that! Can see that as the eye of a tatted peacock feather :).

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  2. Thank you, love the captured colors in the design馃挅 I can't find a peacock emoji sorry :(

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  3. I love your peacock design! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Most welcome dear tatters! Thank you so much for your support :-)

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  5. The patterns are very pretty in the blue and green, and you’ve got some nice colorful diagrams to go with it! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'm pretty proud of the way the diagrams turned out, Robin ! Getting better with every project ;-P
      Glad you like the model colours, too.

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  6. oooh I love the colors. Are you an Inkscape expert? I have never got around to learning it..I sketch and ask my daughter to convert :)

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    1. Awaken some warm/monsoon memories of India, Deepa? I got these plumes from the head groundsman of the hotel we stayed in when in Jodhpur.
      I'm getting pretty good at Inkscape, especially at creating shortcuts for myself. You can access them here : https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.in/p/patterns-designs.html (scroll down to the bottom). I will keep adding new links.
      The real master is Robin who's tutorial links, & free templates you can find in my respective posts. tattingbythebay.blogspot.com
      She has made it look easy and adapted the program especially for diagramming tatted lace. I'm sure it will help with embroidery as well.
      But you are lucky to have Li'l Miss do your diagramming !!! Inkscape is not an easy program to master - so all kudos to her :-)

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  7. Love the peacocks and the colours are so real, I love onion rings I must put this pattern on my to do list.

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    1. I used embroidery thread just so I could get the desired colours. Glad you approve, Margaret :-)

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  8. Lovely patterns!! Onion rings,peacock colors fabulous work!!! Tatting can be soooo beautiful.

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  9. Wonderful motif! Thank you for the pattern :-)

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  10. Thanks Usha & Daniela :-)
    Yes, it is fun to try to convert nature into tatted lace :-D

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  11. Thanks for sharing the patterns! Your colour choices are really fitting for the peacock motif. I tried using Inkscape, but it takes a bit of practice before I can learn my way around it.

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    1. Thanks Lavi :-) I'd given up on Inkscape earlier. It was only with Robin's help and later her tutorials that the lightbulbs went on ;-D

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  12. Love love love this design! I'm follwing your round robin on craftree.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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    1. Thrilled you like it, Vickie :-) Designing in a round robin can be tougher than going it alone!

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