Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In a Twist

Motifs 51 and 52 have twisted picots. The technique is not quite as simple as I thought. Lesson one: twist the picot in the direction of the thread twist, not opposite to it.  Unraveled thread looks scruffy. Lesson two: don't make the picots too long or they become a twisty mess. The ones at the top (my third attempt) look better than the lower ones because they're a little shorter.

6 comments:

  1. Your motifs look really nice! I especially like the top one. I haven't tried twisted picots, not intentionally anyway! ;-)

    Enlarging the picture helped me see what you mean. Did the patterns call for twisted picots, or did you just want to see how they would look? It's a very interesting effect!

    I wouldn't have thought of needing to twist in the direction of the thread twist. I'll keep it in mind if I decide to try this technique.

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    1. Yes, the patterns call for twisted picots.

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  2. Not as easy as it sounds, but I think you have got it, the top motif looks good

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  3. I think they both look great for learning the technique!! :)

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  4. I can see why someone would want this technique but getting the length right would be trial and error as each thread behaves differently. Great little motifs

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  5. In my beginning Needle Tatting trials I have somehow twisted my picots. Mine do not look good such as yours do. Lovely tatting you always create.

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