Friday, 5 June 2020

peony interlaced

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Moving beyond linear designs, my next interlacing project is circular. It is still a work in progress since I want to go beyond a single round. I have an idea of what I want, but the exact number of rounds is still a mystery.
And this time there are 4 shades, one in each shuttle. Here’s how I started the first split rings without any knot(scroll down to 'C')

A short while back Anita sent me a photo of her peonies, and I have tried to capture the flower as best I can in the shades I have.
Anchor cotton, size 20.
4 shuttles. Shuttles 1 & 2 have the darker reds; shuttles 3 & 4 have pinks.


Basic pattern :
SR1 : 12 / 11, do not close. Pass shuttle #3 front to back through SR1.
SR2 : 10 / 10. Pass Sh3 front to back again, close both split rings and repeat, joining back to first pair.

Peony Wreath pattern
For a floral effect, as seen in the model, the outermost edge has graduated picots and the pattern is as follows –
SR1 : 1 (–1)x11 / 11, do not close. Pass shuttle #3 front to back through SR1.
SR2 : 2 (–2)x4 / 2 vsp 6 vsp 2. Close both SRs after posting Sh3 again.
Repeat these 2 SRs, joining to the vsp of previous ring, and back to first pair. There are 10 pairs in total.

This can be a standalone project. Add beads and findings for earrings or pendant, or use as a tree ornament. Perhaps a miniature frame? It measures 2" across.

If you wish to continue, here’s the next round with petals….
Peony pattern (DIP)
Folded chain technique or Victorian Sets is used to create the dimples – a set of 1st half stitches (fhs) followed by a set of 2nd half stitches (shs) creates a beautiful dent.

Worked with one shuttle and ball, continuous thread. Attach to space between outer split rings.
Chain : 2 vsp 8, 4fhs 4shs, 3 – 5 vsp 2. lock join to next space.
[Chain2: 2 + 8, 4fhs 4shs, 3 – 5 vsp 2. lock join to next space.] Repeat all around.
Note: I count the lock join, followed by 2nd half stitch as 1 double stitch.

Since the next rounds are going to be in variegated pink, yellow was chosen to break the excess of pink (not a shade I am fond of). However, one can continue with pinks or any colour of your choice, and climb out using split chain.
At this stage it measures 2½” across.

So, what do you think? I’m pretty happy at how it’s shaping out, though there is ample scope for improvement in all areas. But I'll let it be for now. 


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15 comments:

  1. Oh! What a great pattern!! I see so many possibilities: homophonic chordal passages like hymns, brass chords like marches, picots suggest rhythms, etc.
    You have my brain going Vivacissimo!!!

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    1. Wow, not only have I learned a new word, but also beautiful comparisons and metaphors! Thank you, Mel, for this new inspiration :-)))

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  2. Looks so intricate. As picotsnkeys says in musical terms!

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    1. Appearances can be deceptive ;-P The center is basic interlaced SR that decided to round the corner, Jane :-D

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  3. This is so pretty! The pinks and reds are just right for peonies, too, although there are white ones and probably other colors, too. :) I can hardly wait to see the next round(s).
    StephanieW

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    1. Glad I got the shades right, Stephanie :-)) I'm happy with my next rounds so far ;-P

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  4. Always ready to give you inspiration. Pictures are a means of delighting the soul. You selected great peony colors. Vibrant & rich. The intertwining of pink & reds is moving. Eager to see how you tat future rows.

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    1. Your pictures and emails always bring good cheer and inspiration, Anita :-)) I'm glad you approve ;-D

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  5. Great start! Pretty colours! Thank you for the pattern and for your clear walkthrough!

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    1. Grazie mille, Ninetta and I remembered another word - bellissima ;-P

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  6. Beautiful pattern and delicious colors.

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  7. I love this pattern, beautiful colours

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  8. Thank you, Marja & Margaret :-)))

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  9. You are very kind to design new patterns & ideas plus explaining what you have done and providing us free patterns. You also helped me individually with a problem. How do I say thanks enough? I appreciate your kindness to us all.

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    1. Suzan it's a two-way street - I learn and consolidate just as much when I share/help 😃 I hope you are keeping safe and getting lots of tatting done 💗

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