Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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.