Thursday, May 26, 2016

Motif 24

It's clever how the designer has changed the shape from a circle to oval in the final round. I think this motif would've been harder for me if I hadn't done the earlier ones and learnt how to cope with long picots and bare spaces. Unlike yesterday's motif, I didn't have to 'go around again'.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Doing the Shuttle Shuffle

It may look innocuous, but with rings on chains in two colours, motif 23 is possibly the most complicated pattern I've ever tatted! This is my second attempt. The first attempt is a monstrosity that will have to be binned:
One interesting point is that it illustrates the importance of tension in tatting. I shortened the inner chains for the second attempt and there's a much better fit.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Motif 22

I had to keep my wits about me for this one, with onion rings and rings on chains, but take it step by step and it was fine.  The inner round makes a pretty, small motif too:

Monday, May 23, 2016


I tatted motif 21 in different colourways in an attempt to show the structure off better. I thought the idea of tatting the little flowers (brick colour in the top picture and white in the bottom one) separately to begin with sounded like a hassle. But actually it went fine and the technique of joining those flowers up as I went along worked well. I quite liked the orange colour blips in the second one, but I avoided them in the outer round by using Catherine Wheel Joins.

Friday, May 20, 2016


In  knitting, a big deal is made of tension - if you don't knit to the same tension as the designer, the garment might not work. Every pattern tells you to test your tension before you begin. In tatting, tension is seldom mentioned. Yet it can affect the appearance of the work and sometimes whether  elements will join smoothly. This motif works fine, but my tighter tension makes it look a little different to the original picture. Or perhaps it's just that I made my picots smaller than the original.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Level 2

When I first paged through the book, this was the pattern that really grabbed my attention. If I'd been picking and choosing, instead of working through the book, I'd probably have started here. It's a straight forward tat, with no bare threads or long picots. I made some silly mistakes near the beginning. Luckily I remembered my own advice to snip rings not chains and fixed them without too much difficulty. I used size 20 Anchor thread, white like the picture in the book. It measures about 18 cm or 7 inches across.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Getting the hang of Teiko Fujito's style

This is the last motif in the 'one shuttle' section. That it went smoothly is due in no small part to the motifs I've tatted before it. I'm getting the hang of long picots and bare threads, I think. It's a pretty motif, I like it.