Monday, 9 September 2019

changing chain curves

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The outermost round of Rosette Enchained (shown in previous post) pattern is a chain where the middle segment faces inwards. Since the side segments face outwards, we can consider them as convex, and this middle one as concave.
Please note that convex/concave is relative to a specific design and reference point in case of tatting. For instance this example by Sabina Carden-Madden.

Changing Chain Curves : Convex and Concave


There are various ways of accomplishing this change in curve, and I wanted to experiment with each to compare the effect. It’s always good to have a menu of options, allowing the tatter to choose based on project or skill specifications.

  • The first 4 methods can be done while working with a ball and single shuttle, but the 5th one needs 2 shuttles.
  • Some create a sharper point at the changeover.
  • Some methods create a mono-colour chain, or the main shuttle colour can show up in the concave segment.
  • For directional (fs/bs) tatting, the concave segment is usually tatted backside.

Do you have any other method to share? I would love to hear it.

IDEAS : Any of these methods can be used to create a long undulating chain. One can use it as a bookmark tail. Or each long chain can be linked to previous one to create a broader lace or latticed/reticulate fabric. Add beads and picots for a wonderful effect.


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16 comments:

  1. Excellent Changing Chain pdf, Muskaan! I will printed it & have it as a reference at my tatting table.

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    1. Truly a place of honour, Anita 💗🌹💗🌹

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    1. Helps me remember, Jane 😄💗🌹🌹🌹

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  3. Another great lesson!! :) Love your design!!! :)

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  4. Very useful summary, thank you! 🌹🌹🌹

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    1. I summarise, you innovate, Nin 😀😄💗

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  5. Thank you so much for this post! I have been wondering about curve techniques for some time, but did not know how to look it up.
    Also I did miss you while you were away and am glad you are able to be back. I hope your health improves.

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    1. Thanks for your kind wishes, Emily 💗💗💗 I miss blogging and sharing just as much.
      Have you seen the chains sampler listed in Related Posts above? That may be good place to start -- one resource leading to another, ....

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    2. Yes, I had seen that one before and it has been very helpful. Thanks so much!!

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    3. 👍💟 Emily, you can always ask/contact me directly in case of hurdles. I might be able to guide you in right Direction instead of going round in Curves 😄

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  6. I have been away and unable to comment but I have been keeping up with you
    Thank you for the PDF I have downloaded it to read and keep
    You have been doing some wonderful tatting recently I do love the snowflake with the beads on the ends I am hoping you will do a post about it

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    1. Glad to have you around whenever you can, Margaret 💜💛💙
      Yes I will upload the new improved snowflake Sparkle pattern as soon as I can.....everything is moving in slow motion in my life at present 😄😃😉😆

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  7. This is wonderful information! Thank you for sharing!

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