Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Curve

I've been wanting to tat something from 'Tatting with Visual Patterns' by Mary Konior. I thought I'd start with the Spinning Wheel place mat, which is really a wide edging for a fabric circle. I wound my shuttle with Milford Holiday Red size 20 and followed the diagram. I did a few repeats and it seemed to me that the edging wasn't curving. How was it ever going to fit around a circular centre?
Then I remembered Muskaan's post about methods to make tatting curve. Shorten chains in strategic places was one tip. I shortened the chain between the repeats, ie the one that will lie alongside the fabric, from 4-4-4 to 4-4. Aha, it worked, thanks Muskaan.


  1. I haven't tatted this as an edging, but I have made a couple of Glass Mats - and for such a seemingly simple pattern - you have to concentrate! Pretty colour you're using.

  2. OMG, that is such a beautiful piece of tatting !!! It would work well as a collar, too, wouldn’t it ?!

    I'm so happy, Jane, that the tips worked :-) The difference between the initial (with 4 ds) and latter (without 4ds) repeats is quite visible .

    Now waiting to see the final result with fabric :-)

    1. Yes, I think it would make a good collar. Or add lots of beads for a necklace.

  3. Jane, I added a link to this post to my post on Encircling. This is such exquisite tatting & cheerful colourway :-)

  4. Oooh! You're tatting my favorite pattern! I just love the way MK's pattern flows. It looks so pretty in red!

  5. Looking very nice, love the colour, I know it's Diane's favorite pattern, so I will be interested in how it turns out.

  6. This is gorgeous!!! I've attempted this pattern but made a mistake! Will have to try again :).

  7. So so beautiful and what a great idea, look forward to seeing what it is going to be attached to.