Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Joining the Challenge

I've joined the 25 motif challenge. What I want to do, is to challenge myself to try different techniques that I either haven't used before, or have struggled with. Like the layered tatting I used yesterday. So I count the earrings as my #1 for the challenge.

Months ago I downloaded a PDF called Single-threaded Tatted Platonic Solids Tutorial. Phew. Daunting name. It's a tutorial by Andres Mancenido showing how to create 3-dimensional geometric shapes - cubes, pyramids etc. I don't know where I downloaded it from, and I can't create a link, but In-Tatters is mentioned as a contact, so anyone interested may be able to find it there. The tutorial shows the principles for creating any such platonic solid. The tutorial is clear, but it might have been easier for a beginner if it showed specific directions for one solid to start with. I'm working on it, but I realise that I need to get my head around getting the planes right in relation to each other. This first attempt will have to be abandoned -  it's not going to turn into a cube with a bead at each corner - but I have learnt a lot in the process.


  1. Oh, dear! The terminology alone is daunting! I think I'll have to follow your progress before deciding if I have the ability to try tatting platonic solids! Good luck!

  2. Well, welcome to the challenge! Also, neat! lol

  3. Glad you joined the challenge!! Can't wait to see what you make for the remaining 24 motifs! :)

  4. Good luck with the challenge, I admire all those who do take part in it and watch with interest.
    Sadly I would not be able to live up to the challenge, as my tatting time is limited.

  5. https://creativasuculencia.wordpress.com/patterns/
    the link above is the place you can find the download.
    Hang in there Jane, you will get it figured out. If you can knit like you do, these shapes shouldn't be a problem.

    1. Thanks so much for the link, Ladytats, and the encouragement!

  6. Hey, I am late in seeing this, sorry!

    Thanks Ladytats for the link to my blog, the tutorial is available at InTatters too.

    I will now sit down with a cup of tea to see all your progress... Expect more comments from me! I am happy and excited that you are trying them. As we mentioned, they had never been test-tatted, nor the instructions checked other than by me (and my brother's and my brains do work similarly, LOL!)