Tuesday, October 25, 2016

100!

Here it is, the last pattern in the book.
I've really enjoyed working systematically through the Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito, published by Lacis Publications, ISBN 4-529-03570-0. There were a number of patterns that I probably wouldn't have chosen to tat, but was glad I had. Some looked fiddly, but were worth the effort.

 The book has been translated from Japanese and consists of pictures and diagrams, no text. Sometimes the photos conflicted with the diagrams - I went with the one that seemed most sensible. Sometimes I had to study the diagrams for a while to figure out how to work the motif, but hey, I tatted them all, so it's perfectly doable.

The most striking thing I learnt from the book was the importance of picot length and bare thread spaces. It stands to reason that if picots are too small the work will cup, but I hadn't realised that making picots too long would also distort the work. Thread is not as forgiving as I supposed.  Given how important picot size is to many of these patterns, it's a shame that there's no indication in the book of how long picots and bare threads should be. Trial and error can be  a tedious way of getting them right! I did like the way Teiko Fujito played with picots, not only varying picot length but using double picots and picots with rings on them. I think that's what is most distinctive about the book.

13 comments:

  1. A Standing Ovation !!!
    I enjoyed your journey through the book - thanks for taking us along :-)
    Nice doily .

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  2. Wow! You did it. It's been very interesting watching your journey through the book.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your tatting!

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  4. Wow! Your work is incredible! The doily is breathtaking!

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  5. What a wonderful journey you have taken us through this book. Many thanks and wonderful tatting. What's next?

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    1. Hardanger embroidery, believe it or not.

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  6. An important body of work, I think - it's certainly a huge contribution to the tatting world. People have worked their way through the entire little Danish snowflakes book, but this is the first time I've followed someone systematically tatting every design in a large book. Gina, our Tatting Goddess, had begun to tat all the designs in the DMC book by Madame de Riego, but sadly she didn't get the chance to finish the undertaking.

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  7. If it's useful to anyone I'll be very glad.

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  8. It is a beautiful book. I think I've avoided tatting from it because of the number of bare thread patterns. I guess the only way to get better is to practice!

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  9. This is lovely. I also am intimidated by the bare thread patterns, but they are so appealing. A wonderful accomplishment to complete all the designs in the book!

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  10. Jane Dear your dedication to tatting each piece in this book has resulted in many beautiful projects. Thank you for imparting your trial and error wisdom to us. Embracing Tatting Bliss...

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