Monday, 25 October 2021

bagatelle to bagaball

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Reworked patterns from Frau Eleonore Endrucks-Leichtenstern’s ‘Die Schiffchen-Spitszen’, 1920, for Endrucks 1920 Project.

Am I getting too OC in my tatting? I can’t seem to stop tatting, telling myself ‘just one more repeat’ or ‘one more tweak’ or ‘now let’s place this colour there’ to see what comes up - to upload the best possible for the pdf. But despite the time constraint I cannot stop enjoying the tatting play – way cooler and way more exciting than bagatelle! 

Above are 5 pieces of pattern #28, no two identical. The ruffling settles in later rounds but each piece needed some tweaking of chains.

This time, though, I am very proud of my diagramming skill! In one single diagram I have managed to incorporate 3 versions of the pattern! To see it you will have to click on the pdf url - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vG2g0JCVsy8cy2DfGKHEhxleq_7Rveba/view

These 5 pieces were tatted in a different sequence, spanning 2 years, to the one presented in the pdf. Here, I’d like to stick to my chronological timeline.

The Valley of Flowers mandala version from June 2019. 
https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2019/06/valley-of-flowers.html
In order to incorporate the colour palette, lot of false CTM is used to transition to the next round instead of cutting both threads each time. And the thrown rings in one round were shifted to the next round and worked as regular rings.
This pattern modification is included in the diagram.

This is from June 2021 tatted for the current project using single colour and climbing out using split rings and split chains. I even took round-wise pics for the pdf but did not find it necessary to include them, especially since I later tweaked the count some more.

You can find Georgia Seitz’s written transcript and tips here - https://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art304446.asp

Since the previous piece encountered cupping and ruffling in some rounds, I decided another tweaked piece was essential for the pdf. Much better result as regards laying flat, though a bit of simple blocking along the way helps too.
The count used in this piece is presented in the pdf in written format as well as in the diagram.

Empty 'hands' are a devil’s workshop ;-P I got to thinking that so far none of us has used Endrucks’ method of climbing out and was curious to see how it would look and compare! (I discovered only last week that Marina Mad Jar had already used it in pattern #34 - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/10/when-time-flies.html). 
Sep 2021 This is as close to the original count as possible, but using extra chains to climb out à la Endrucks’. https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/07/continuous-paths.html The octagonal shape is lost a bit because of the extra stitches added in every 3rd chain. This is an unfortunate feature of all my versions unless the tatting tension was loosened.
The original pattern brings up the last 3rd of the diagram.

Sep 2021. This is the final piece where the chain arch above the 3-ring cluster is pulled out unlike the flat-line of the previous.
Can you detect the extra chains used for continuous tatting? I deliberately chose ecru in size 40 trying to go for 'vintage'. If one uses 2 colours, some juggling might be called for, but in single colour it is easy-peasy! So, here’s an easy alternate for those who find split chains and split rings difficult to work.
 
All 5 together for size comparison. Details of thread and measurements are included in the pdf.
Pattern #28 (3 versions) pdfhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1vG2g0JCVsy8cy2DfGKHEhxleq_7Rveba/view


When Anita saw what I was tatting, she immediately pointed out that these would make a great little baggie, and even sent me a pic! How exciting! My limited imagination only had me thinking of using them as coasters. So here’s what came of my attempt …

Lining it with fabric would enhance the durability.
Choice of fabric colour will also help highlight each side. Different sides means the bag is easier to mix and match with your outfit, besides using up spare tatted lace. It can also be an exciting gift purse for a little girl!
As a reflection of Endrucks’ stacked chains (block tatting), I connected the 2 pieces using simple chains. By working alternate chains in direct tatting (reverse or unflipped stitches), it was a matter of one shuttle and ball, working continuously. Longer chains will obviously increase the capacity.
Lined the edges with beaded chain tatting for some bling. A large teardrop with beaded loop closes the opening, ....
....while those solid cylindrical beads finish off the handle. Good to hold a ball or 2 and shuttles for a project on the go!

Although there's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip, ‘twixt my conception and execution, and nowhere as elaborate as Anita’s, I am happy with my first such bag-a-ball baggie! 


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Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!
We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it for your version to show up in a search.
We all enjoy sharing and the project is awaiting every one of you!
All info and links (original and modern) are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view
Remember there are many more modernised patterns, derived and extracted patterns/ideas, already listed in the project document, with more still to come! So, do visit and scroll through.

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Saturday, 23 October 2021

when time flies

Pin It now! Reworked patterns from Frau Eleonore Endrucks-Leichtenstern’s ‘Die Schiffchen-Spitszen’, 1920, for Endrucks 1920 Project
When time flies the best of intentions cannot stop it! Marina was an early bird, selecting 2 patterns in Nov 2020 and starting immediately. She even went to the trouble of watching videos to improve her block tatting after her first trial. And within days she sent me a beautiful snowflake pattern from her shop so that we got an idea of how she presents her patterns! No problem … the hidden beauty of this community project is that we have an eclectic mix of presentation styles, with something to learn from each.

Time had seemingly flown so fast that it was July 2021 in a blink and time to hurry! But the more you are in a hurry, the faster time goes by, especially if your pc doesn't cooperate!
My pc was crashing like crazy and losing data, so I had to restart drawing several times.
Such behind-the-scene roadblocks rarely get highlighted by a crafter, but we all go through such hurdles to produce the best we can. And that she did!

Following is Endrucks’ pattern #6 where she turned the original edging into a lovely Square Motif with a simple skipping of chains. 
 
As with all patterns in this book, the edging uses block tatting and thrown/floating rings besides the regular chains and rings.
Look closely and you will notice the square motif is tatted in 2 colours - white and ecru.
If we skip the thrown/floating rings on either side of the block rings, we should be able to get yet another square turned the other way (as evidenced in pattern #22).

Despite being a bit “intimidated” by pattern #34 initially, she turned out a beautiful doily worked in one pass using Endrucks’ method of climbing out (I hadn’t noticed this earlier)! Resourceful tatters can use split chains and split rings to climb out. Her clear diagrams show each row with count and direction, and she has included needle tatting hints.

My ever-vigilant partner, Ninetta, noticed that her year of birth suggested she was relatively young and was curious about her tatting background. Marina graciously sent in this short write-up of her tatting journey –

"... I am from Belgrade, Serbia a small country in Europe. I found tatting through internet, by chance, while looking for next crochet project. There were some interesting earrings that I could tell were not crochet, so I did an image search, and was stunned by the beauty of this new thing I have found... That was late 2015. Here in Serbia, there is only a few people that know what tatting is, I know of 5 or 6 tatters from around here, and I only talked to one of them on the phone. Everything I know, I picked up from you tube, by rewinding videos many many times and reading blogs, like yours and few other tatters. There is no tatting thread that can be purchased here, only crochet or embroidery, so I use that or some blends I make from sewing and decorative thread. Same goes for shuttles. I used to cut plastic into flat shuttle shape, until regular shuttles I ordered online arrived. I think I love tatting so much because it is so challenging, once you think you have it figured out, new thing pops up, and there you go again... And one more thing, I have never seen tatting, that somebody else made, in person, only on photos and videos... That's it for now. Thank you and Ninetta for all the work you are doing for this lovely craft 💗"

It is truly amazing the wonderful designs she has created in this short span of time! I’ve been saying Marina, but you might recognise her as Mad Jar Tatting (sometimes Mad Zar, depending on the translator). All our contributors are on Facebook and you can visit her page here - https://www.facebook.com/mad.jar.tatting/  

Her etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadJarTatting) is a treasure to scroll through! Some of my favourites are her Sea Star and Dragon Egg patterns! Imagine a Dagger as a bookmark! I sorely wish I’d had the time to offer to test tat her Manohary Doily when she called for volunteers. (manohari is Hindi for enticing). Her designs span simple to advanced, 2D to 3D, jewellery to lace. Her 3D Pine Cones and Sunflower are enticing, as is her latest 3D tatted shuttle.

I had the happy chance to try out her stacked rings earrings in 2019 – a technique that immediately roped me in! Applying techniques is something this talented designer does really well and is a sure way to tempt me!

Though time flew again from July to Oct before I got this opportunity to publicly thank Marina, I know she understands the behind-the-scene issues and will forgive me for my lapse. Ninetta joins in to profusely thank Marina for her valuable contribution and perseverance against all odds.

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Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, we welcome every one of you to join in! Please let us know where we can find your renditions and derivative tatting!
We created the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project, so please use it for your pics to show up in a search.
We all enjoy sharing and the project is awaiting every one of you!
All info and links (original and modern) are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LEVftXweztBIOWh4sL4BB7bX65ssoOsOn4oXIgCepY/view
Remember there are many more modernised patterns, derived and extracted patterns/ideas, already listed in the project document, with more still to come! So, do visit and scroll through.
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With love and gratitude,
muskaan and Ninetta

Related posts –
Endrucks’ #22 square derivatives - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2015/11/pattern-eleonores-angels.html
Endrucks’ method of continuous tatting - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/07/continuous-paths.html
Stacked Rings Earrings - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2019/11/sidetracked.html

Thursday, 14 October 2021

spirited seventeen

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When posting the pattern recently, I said I'd share some possible ideas from pattern #17 in a separate post. Well, this will be like a static slide show, without much text except for the idea. I hope you put on your coloured glasses to figure/pick out the possible images from this spirited #17!

Endrucks pattern #17 - possible ideas, adaptations, extraction, derivations 

By simply folding, removing 'unwanted' areas, and/or joining at appropriate points, a plethora of patterns are possible ...

1 - kimono
 
2 - Eskimo or gingerbread man

3 - wheelbarrow with flowers or prams with babies in between
Or Marilyn Monroe in her iconic flying dress image
The wheelbarrow and pram are what Ninetta saw! Took me a few minutes to extract those images.
This is the 2-repeat sampler I had tatted and have folded to create most of these other ideas .....
Click here to download the pattern and get into the spirit -  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sStHg5IQmuwizC7QcKRaX951CvVoURbn/view
4 - yet another possible corner for a triangular motif or a square mat.

5 - is it a bird? is it a plane? is it a boomerang?!

6 - folded into a bow - good around the neck or waist,
to hold up long hair or decorate a gift!

7 - cat ears for Catwoman!

8 - a 3D crown or headgear

9 - mojaris (Rajasthani footwear) for men

10 - 2 grasshoppers munching their way through leaves! 
So what if they are the wrong colour?!

11 - 2 swans facing each other

12 - Reiko Akamatsu's rearrangement for a square frame

13 to17 - These have moved from the realm of ideas to patterns ....
Superimposed Square frame  - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sStHg5IQmuwizC7QcKRaX951CvVoURbn/view
Reflections motif and snowflake - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2021/08/more-reflections.html

So, is it just me or could you spot the possibilities as well? Did you come up with something else? Do share.


Wednesday, 6 October 2021

did it work?

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 Over the last several weeks I've been getting a lot of requests for sharing my old patterns. During one of Google/Blogger's updates, there was this notification that old urls might change. I didn't pay much attention till these requests started showing up through Google Drive. 

Fortunately there is an option right in the email itself to share the document. Now the reason I write this post is because I have no idea whether it has worked or not since nobody came back with any feedback, though I had asked a couple of emailers. 

So, if you had requested permission, it would help if you let me know whether it worked. Because when I click on the links in my blog, they open fine.

Here is one of the many requests from my Quatrefoil series from 2017 -

The pentagon and hexagon patterns are not yet uploaded ....

...but this flower and the triangle and square patterns are in public domain. 

You can find more than the motifs in this fun range by clicking on this tag - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/search/label/quatrefoil 
And direct pattern pdf links to Quatrefoil Triangle - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5MqI5ByadI4RzNtR0U3MUg1ajA/view


I chose this because I wanted a few pics from this pictorial for another RR I have in the works and the request happened to come in. Yes, I have a lot of stuff going on at my end, including completing The Big E Project, but sadly no time to compose proper posts to share. But I am also happy to see some of my snowflakes popping up in Facebook posts! 
More fun news soon ....