Saturday, 21 January 2023

double juggle

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 I'm calling it double juggle, not double trouble, coz I'm thoroughly enjoying myself and only wish I had more time and brain space to spare. I am deeply involved in 2 large projects with 2 different partners and have to juggle between both - I find that my brain is compartmentalised and have to 'get into each mode'. 

First project is my late friend's tatting book I am editing- it is over 200 pages consisting of a manual and a dictionary. This will take many more months but Angela is an enthusiastic and quick worker, providing excellent technical and formatting support and then some more.

Second project is our current tat-along in our EP Facebook group with Ninetta. some of our participants have already completed the entire doily even though 2 more parts need to be shared. They followed Reiko's diagrams without waiting for us ;-D Oh, and the colours and combinations that are emerging are truly inspiring!

Parts 1-4 of #TALmeEndrucks completed in size 40 threads, going for a peacock impression.
Parts 1 & 2 posted here - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2023/01/tat-along-doily.html

PART 3 - After the central 'flower' and the 'basket', we work the first half over the 'handle' of the basket, continuing from Part 2. 

There is one inward picot and the rest is simple rings and chains.

Endrucks worked the entire doily continuously. However we are following Reiko Akamatsu's modified pathway and count.


PART 4 - This is a mirror image of Part 3. Working with 2 colours means we need to switch shuttles before working the floating chains in order to get the same colour, unless one wants to use inward picots or Block Below Tatting (BBT).
I decided to work the lower chain first, then the upper scalloped chain. And since after this pair is made we need to anchor to the base and move to the right, I made an overhand tie/SLT, leaving a vsp space to lock join to later. 
I've used this SLT Picot before in a different scenario - https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2015/03/experimenting-with-colours.html

And then again, for a mirror effect so that the last ring tilts accordingly, we need an inward picot on the chain. https://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.com/2023/01/measured-picot-on-core-thread.html

As you can see, the first and last rings are reflections of each other. Believe me, I tried the ring 'normally', thinking the chain could be attached to the ring accordingly. But it looked all wrong and I had to undo it. So it is worth the effort.

I absolutely love the clever arrangement of the floating chains. Even if they are not joined to each other, there are so many possibilities - peacock's plumes, a jester's hat, a rooster's tail, foliage, .....what else?

Playing with flipping to see what comes up, LOL. Nothing to write home about.
The blue colour runs a bit and has seeped into the green below.

Fortunately, no more seepage occurred. Parts 3 and 4 are worked twice more.

Part 5 will be released tomorrow as 3 detached motifs and I will share my fun arrangements in a future post. But first I have to get back to juggling the editing and tatting the final part of this cover doily!

12 comments:

  1. That looks fantastic!!! :)
    I love how in the next to the last picture the section joined to the block tatted section looks like part of an octopus. ;)

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    1. Oh, yes, Sue, now I see the octopus, too! 🐙Thank you 😍

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  2. Good luck with the juggling. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of spin offs from the doily.

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    1. It's kind of fun, though also frustrating at times that more cannot be accomplished. I've slowed down, Jane 🙃🥰

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  3. You need a lot of time to juggle all you have on, I have seen so many different colour combinations to the tat along, I know I have not joined in this month, I am catching up on other things I have on the go

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    1. Doily TALs require a commitment that may not always be possible. However, we look forward to your participation in future events, Margaret 🥰

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  4. Pięknie to wygląda i daje dużo twórczych możliwości. Pozdrawiam :)

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    1. Thanks, Anetta, there are more possibilities coming up with the next motif 😁🥰

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  5. It looks like a funny face to me.. a male face with a mustache. Great job! Good luck in your juggles, I'm sure your friend is overjoyed that you are celebrating her this way.

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    1. Now that you mention it, it does look like a very bearded face 😁🥰 My friend is tatting with the angels and a few of her friends are getting together to publish her book that she worked on for almost 10 years.

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  6. I love following along with your discoveries. I can't wait to see your newest writing!

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    1. And I you, Mel , even if I can't always leave a comment🥰 It is good to see you teaching again at workshops, etc.

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