Tuesday, 30 October 2018

heart to heart buddies

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It’s good to have friends in High places – High in creativity and generosity!
I had been in a kind of tatting funk for the past several days, despite the several ongoing projects. And then my buddy Anita sent a pic of her hearts with counts inked and I was immediately inspired into action! 
Loaded my shuttles and went to work, with a couple of my own patterns emerging. Couldn’t stop for 2-3 days! Towards the end I switched to 2 colours just to get a sense of the possible effect.

I keep forgetting to give the link to Anita's multipurpose site – Lavender & Laces. Do check it out. 

UPDATE (Feb 2019) : patterns shared here

Inside Your Heart
Anita Barry
The Anchor size 20 (in red) measures 3½ cms x 3 cms
I like how quick and simple this is! My ring didn’t turn out a perfect circle as her's did. A slightly loose tension while closing would help? It’s a bit better in the size 40 2-coloured version where I used a self-closing mock ring.
Cross My Heart
Anita Barry
In Anchor Size 40, it measures 1” x >1”

Worked with 2 shuttles using split ring to climb out, and thrown/floating rings in outer round.
TIP: Start with the top ring of cross, to climb out with a split ring on the left.

Not happy with my first, I made a few more with slight tweaks if you look carefully. Still not as pretty as Anita’s, it does give the sense of soaring wings - it's an angel; it's a butterfly; no, it's a heart! I like the 3-heart arrangement in the collage!

There was another folded ring heart which I didn't make. If interested, we can ask her to share all her patterns. 
So are you wondering what happened to that vintage butterfly from Corticelli?
It is still in same state as I left it (I have something else in mind to finish it off), but the lower wing florets have been purloined! I trapped them in my heart …

Budding Heart #1 
Worked in Anchor Size 40 & 20, it measures 3½ cms x 4½ cms
The floral rings have longer chains on the outside than the original, as I’d mentioned before.

TIP : Any pair, cluster or spray of florets can be used. Place it on a grid paper and draw the heart shape. Then join thread and tat the chain outline. Using the sketch as a constant guide. 

Here’s the heart pattern :
Floral Rings -
For central ring : Make 8 long and 7 normal picots separated by 2ds. Close ring and climb out with a mock picot.
Chains : 4 – 4 lock join to smaller picot … all around (8 times).
Similarly make the 2nd floral ring, joining to the first at any point in the outer chain.
For the heart outline, I switched to Anchor size 20 (similar to Lizbeth 10).
Join continuous thread to the picot of top floret, and work chain :
Chain: 3 CWJ 8 p 5 + 35. Join to 2nd floret, cut and tie and hide ends.
CWJ – Catherine Wheel Join gives a smooth continuous outline.
Budding Heart #2 
Months back, I had tried these Blossoms motifs in 2 strands of embroidery thread for my MIL’s hanky corner, but didn’t use. After snipping off a 3rd floret (forgot to take a pic), I placed it on the sketch, and hey, the same outline worked!

Wondering how a butterfly would look perched on the heart …
For the 2nd version, I actually tatted a Blossoms butterfly linking the right and left halves through additional picots for lifted wings. The body ring was worked Under the wings and curled around the heart chain lengthwise. For further reinforcement, I tatted a smaller ring behind and repeated the attachment. Butterfly should've been worked with 2 strands, instead of 3 - seems a bit disproportionate now.

Future Ideas : Instead of butterfly, wrap some green tendrils with leaves around part of the heart, emerging from the lower floret. 
And pearl beads in the center of the blossoms?
Interlocked rings for #1?
Trailing Hearts
I rarely go back to my old patterns, but just for the fun of it I tried this heart again. Could definitely do with some improvement – it is a bit dense in the center! Perhaps a single common join between the 3 rings? The pattern can be found here.
And speaking of hearts the Tiny Heart Poppy – a 3D flower made from a 2D heart - is back in this week’s popular list (see right panel)! Happens without fail every year during the Remembrance Day period (and occasionally when some group swoops down to tat it).
keep tatting buddies close to your heart, always


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  2. Love the budding hearts! I thought of angels too, though I realize it’s really Anita’s heart.

  3. Awesome hearts and I really love the flowers and butterfly additions!!! :)

  4. Thank you all :-))) I thoroughly enjoyed tatting these up!
    Jane, I'm going to attempt the angel makeover, if I can ;-D

  5. Śliczne serduszka :)
    Podobają mi się wszystkie i pewnie wykorzystam kiedyś ten pomysł.
    Pozdrawiam ciepło.

  6. It is good to have friends. I look forward to reading your posts. I must study this one more. I love hearts!

  7. Thank you Margaret, splocik & Mel :-)))
    Anita & I have decided to create a joint pdf of all these patterns. I will share as soon as possible.