Sunday, 5 April 2020

what social distancing?

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The road to friend’s house is never long – Danish proverb
And our digital age has proved this despite social distancing norms and lock downs in countries. A friend can reach out any time and connect 1000s of kms away – a mere hop, skip, and virtual jump :-)
Ninetta Caruso’s Girotondo - Ring of Rosies edging will be taught in the Online Tatting Class on Monday (April 6th) and she sent me an advance copy for feedback, etc. In order to confirm an idea, I tatted it as well. So here are my notes, at her request. It is a simplified option, eliminating a few steps.

NOTES on my working of the Girotondo Edging :
1.  Edging/work moves from left to right. For fs/bs tatters, only the head ring is worked backside. This piece starts with the green motif.
2. Since I intended to use this as jewellery, I started, CTM (green), with a ring using Sh2. Switch Shuttle.

3. Work the chain (arm), SCMR (body) with floating rings (feet). RW and tat head. RW and continue with 2nd arm. One motif in green complete.
Notice no Turn Work or Under-Over/Alligator join is required. And the shuttles/threads are in the right position to start next element.

4. The left and right arm of each motif has a different core thread colour. The new colour is added before tatting the head ring.

5. Here’s how I worked in the new thread colour differently. I took pics only when reaching the white head, but the green and white tails ends were done similarly.
(fig-1) Snip green tail. Add orange thread. I crossed the tails as usual. This crossover creates a barrier to any accidental pulling out of tails and one can give a good tug to hide any colour blip.
(fig-2) Green tail gets hidden in the white head ring, and
(fig-3) the orange tail in the white arm chain.
Securing tails in different elements means barely any bulk.
(fig-4) As seen from the front.
(fig-5) 3 motifs completed – as seen from back, and 
{The multiple orange tails is coz I ran out of thread and added new}.
I always snip off the final bit of tails at the very end.
(fig-6) from the front.
NO COLOUR BLIPS, back or front, even without the alligator join.

6. I did a long picot join in the orange foot for symmetry and equidistant. This was an after-thought. 

7. I made only 3 motifs, ending with a SSSR to hide the final tail, as suggested in the pdf. Jump rings linked to a chain were inserted through these end rings for a pendant necklace. In finer thread, these could be earrings!

8. Worked in Anchor Pearl cotton size 8, 3 repeats measure 5½ cms without end rings and 6½ cms including end rings. Each motif is 2½ cms tall.


9. Saffron, white and green are the colours of the Indian flag. Timely symbolism …
Tonight at 9 pm, for 9 minutes, we will be switching off all lights and lighting diyas or candles in solidarity with Nature & Mother Earth against our global enemy. Will you join us?


I enjoyed test tatting this fun edging, long on my to-tat list. Glad for this opportunity! I always learn something new from Ninetta’s patterns – she is such an ingenious and innovative designer. She made a new version in rainbow colours – gorgeous and lively!!!

The original pattern (8 years old!) can be found here and hereI will update with the new pdf link later, in which she has stepwise pictures and other details, including written instructions.
UPDATE : Ninetta has written a detailed post about her working, along with the pdf link. Check it out and start tatting :-) 

Don't forget to attend class. I can no longer attend, sadly.


Thank you for a Wonder-full pattern, Ninetta !

19 comments:

  1. Next amazing pattern. I know that is old but now is really live. Thank you for sharing. Greetings from Poland :-)

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    1. Thank you, Justyna :-) The pattern is so symbolic of what is happening in the world today!

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  2. It's very beautiful pattern - I love it :-)
    Stay at home and be healthy :-)

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    1. I wish you the same, Iwona :-) Keep tatting!

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  3. Thank you very much, love your "flag" version and all tips 👍. Thinking of you at 9pm... 🕊

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    1. Thanks for the thought, Nin :-)
      You know, like your pattern, if I turn my flag on it's head and change saffron to red, it becomes your flag ;-D This Way or Tat?!

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  4. I’ve admired the little people on Ninetta’s page. Extra special in different colours.

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    1. Thanks, Jane :-) I, too, loved her header with this pattern and lyrics!

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  5. Ninetta's new post where she gives the pdf link - https://ninettacaruso.blogspot.com/2020/04/girotondo-rainbow-hug-to-all-tatters.html

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  6. These tips on hiding the tails are so very helpful, thank you.

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    1. This has been my go-to method for a few years now, Marilee, perfected over time 💕 I have pictorials showing a few scenarios.

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    1. Wonderful pattern takes credit, Sue :-)))

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  8. Cute!!!! So much to learn. Most importantly being able to go to blog and comment. I'm finally getting the hang of it Muskaan. You will see me more often here hencefoth

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    1. And I would love to see and hear from you more often, too, Madhur :-)))

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  9. Wonderful design, its nice to hold hands across the miles, and continents

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    1. Absolutely, Margaret!! Virtual reality negates physical distance in this case ;-D

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  10. You're right, I am so glad to have internet these days. Lovely pattern! Hopefully soon we'll all be able to hold hands again.

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    1. I love how we are still able to hold hands virtually and keep in touch, Tamara :-D ((Hugs))

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