Friday, June 24, 2016

Yellow

Interesting how motif 42 combines elements from other motifs. Variations on a theme perhaps.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Motif 41

I'm sometimes a little sceptical when tatters say a later round will counteract ruffling. But in this case it was so. The motif was a contorted mess after the second round, but the outer round sorted it out. It did need blocking, but not the bullying into shape that I thought it might. In the book, all the 'flowers' are blue, but I thought that since I  have to make them separately, I could make each one different. I like the rainbow look.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Red

I  had red thread left on the shuttle from the last motif, so I used it for this one. It stays with the chain rosette theme, but is much more open. It reminds me of an electron.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Concentrated

Phew, there's a lot of tatting for the area covered! Motif 39 is 13 cm across. I like the effect of the variegated green.

Ends

This is motif 38. I really like the way it turned out. I have to say though that my heart sank a little when I first looked at the pattern. Here's why:
Six little flowers need to be made first in two colours! That's a lot of ends to deal with. Some thoughts: I tied the threads together with a reef knot so that I was just hiding the ends in the first ring and chain, rather than securing them.
I don't know if it's my imagination, but I think that if I snip the hidden thread after the first half of a ds, rather than after a complete stitch, I get a smoother look. I was a bit worried about dislodging the ends when I made the final join, so I cut the threads before making the join and then sewed them in instead of using a hook. 
My easy thread needles do make the job a bit simpler! 

Once the flowers were made, the rest of the tat went smoothly. Joining the little flowers in is perfectly straight forward. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Case for Shuttle Joins

The book says to use Teiko Fujito's outer thread joining method for the dense rosette in the centre. The good thing is that there are no colour blips. The bad thing is that the tension is continuous; pull the shuttle thread too tight and you get a mess like this:
With shuttle joins, the tension in each section can be controlled. To avoid bright pink colour blips, I tatted just one round with pink and then used the pastel variegated thread on shuttle and ball. Once that was sorted out, this motif was pretty straight forward. I like the way it turned out.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Round and Round and Round

I've finished motif 36. I must admit I had to look carefully at the chart to see how to work it. Three times round on each 'point' before going on to the next one. Going on precedent, I shortened the inner chains, crossing my fingers that I was shortening them by the correct amount. It worked fine, the motif lies flat.