Tuesday, 17 November 2020

arranging motifs

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Oh what fun!!! Working pattern #37 from Endrucks' 1920 book. The beautiful motif in the center of that doily really caught my attention and I went to town with it. Not merely for it's beauty, but for it's clever construction! I will speak of the construction in another post, sharing only the numerous arrangement ideas here.

Presenting the Square Diamond Motif in possible arrangements

The yellow motif below is in Anchor 20 while the other 2 are in Anchor Pearl size 8. Hence the difference in dimensions. and I think the orange one may have been tatted too tightly. All motifs also served as trials and experiments. 

 
arrangements #1 & #2 : Simple linear joining of motifs - vertically or horizontally. Keep going, adding more columns and rows for a larger lace fabric.

 
arrangements #3 & #4: Attached tip to tip, in different sized threads and decorated with beads, could make a beautiful mobile or window ornament.
I like the triangular placement!
arrangements #5 : But this is an arrangement I think is new in tatting, as far as I know? Tip to center joining. 
I noticed that one can add a 2nd row using only 2 motifs in a triangular arrangement, and then the 3rd row with this offset joining. And so on, alternating rows/columns with one motif less. It creates a very interesting rectangular fabric with negative triangles.

 
Square Diamond Motif Bookmark : I made a 4th motif in size 8, inserted a satin ribbon at the tip for tassel and a cute bookmark took shape.

Square Diamond Motif Bracelet : Here a white satin ribbon is laid below the linked motifs, and crystals added in center and on ribbon.

Here I hadn't yet placed the crystals in the center. 
I used Reverse Join to change colour placement in the outer rounds in each motif. And the last 2 rounds are worked a bit differently in each motif, although not immediately visible since the rings are small.

So here's a little exercise if you are interested (this post was intended to showcase it, but I couldn't get the presentation completed and I like opening it up ...) :
Disregard the colours. Consider the last 2 rounds and specifically the 5 small rings and 1 thrown ring in each arm.  Can you identify possible pathways/sequence to work these rings and chains? How many ways can you trace?


Meanwhile, finished projects and samples are trickling in from participants around the world. Ninetta and I are engaged in finalising presentation, guiding, interacting, and so on. Lots of activity! And only about 5 patterns left unclaimed so far! Tatters have returned for more patterns after doing one - they have discovered the magic and cleverness of Eleonore Endrucks!!!
Do take a few minutes to check the samples and the final patterns in modern format in the Endrucks 1920 Project doc here https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view
The document also contains links to the 1920 book (with tatted models) and another book with diagrams and pattern - both can be downloaded either from there or from Georgia's archived books.


I am so thankful to Martha Ess for scanning and uploading the book, to Georgia Seitz for introducing me to it, and to Ninetta Caruso for joining And more importantly for converting it into a Community Project ! And of course, how can we forget the volunteers and their lovely creations?!

10 comments:

  1. Fantastic that these 1920s patterns are being revisited, and in such a communal way. Bravo to you all.

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    1. I agree, Jane :-)))) It is fun watching the colourful renditions and tatters appreciating the century-old fashion

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  2. Absolutely awesome!!!!! :)
    When I first looked at the picture I thought you had some new beaded designs(mostly all beads), but then I looked closer and saw they are all tatting!!! Fabulous!!! :)

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    1. Hey Sue, that reminds me that I Do have a single-shuttle mostly beads pattern that I made for a tutorial series early this year! Must share it - it is so visual that no words required really (what a change for me that will be ;-P)

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  3. Wonderful book, no wonder that many joined the project 馃グ There are effects that only show up with colours 馃コ Those squares are beautiful!

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    1. I agree, Ninetta 馃槂 and glad you opened it up to the community 馃挒

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  4. You know, I told myself I'd read something other than tatting books next. I may have to find a short kid novel to read so I can read the Endrucks!

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    1. Wouldn't that be great, Mel :-D! Only 3 patterns left to be claimed (probably 2 in a couple of hours). Love how this Project is turning out. Tatters are asking for more after completing one, or even learning block tatting, etc. A truly collective endeavour

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  5. Ooo, that #5 arrangement is quite intriguing!

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    1. I guess it may not be new to quilters, but I certainly don't remember any tatted motif arranged in this manner 馃槈 Thanks Emily

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