Monday, 18 December 2017

and on we go

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I just Had to share the completion of this round! It looks so pretty in real – like a large flower. A very good stage to stop, too, if one so desires.
But I changed the background to bring in some more interest.

As usual, I chose to work the few rings backside since it is largely a chains round with lots of picots.

My logic for using 2 colours? – to avoid contamination. I wanted to maintain the lovely arching effect of round 6. And secondly, to avoid too much cream at this stage, what with the cream in the floral motifs.

Now here’s something – the chains are lock/shuttle joined to flowers. But despite a different coloured core thread, I managed to minimize the colour blip in a lock join without resorting to a CWJ, a JSS (join on smooth side) or even a slope & roll join. I wanted the dip that a LJ provides and avoid the slight change in plane of a S&R join.

TIP: how to hide colour blip in a lock join - When working from the front, pull a down loop of shuttle thread through linking picot (instead of up loop), pass shuttle and snug the join. Then make the 2nd half stitch almost overlapping the join. Continue with pattern.

This hides the blip to a large extent when seen from the front, but is visible at back. For backside tatting, do the opposite (up loop followed by 1st half stitch).

Oh, and as you know, this is Agnieszka (Frywolaga) Gawron’s Doily #10 or “Pikotek” and we are attempting to a picot adaptation row by row. Dec 31st is the last day for joining in, but we work at our own pace.

My Previous Rounds using picots :

happy tatting always J

Friday, 15 December 2017

a floral path

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Round 7 of the ‘Pikotek’ or Doily #10 is now completed and sent to Agnieszka.
In Anchor size 40, it now measures 8½ inches at its widest. 
This gives an idea of how deeply set these 1 inch flowers are since round 6 was 8” across.

These little flowers are a joy to tat!!! I can easily finish 3 in just one evening, 
including sewing in tails.
Yet other activities slowed down this round, but not the pleasure.

And in order to reduce the pink dominance, the centers are made in cream.

I dallied whether to use them alternately with all-pink flowers (as in above pic), 
but the 2-colour ruled. 
Which meant I had to cut out and tat 2 extra but who’s complaining! 
See the pic below for comparison.

TIP : If the entire pattern was available, I would've worked each flower separately, 
and joined to the floating ring while working round 6 (as I had done here).
I did a quick rolling pin block without pulling out/shaping every double picot...will do it at final stage. 

3 more rounds to go, but they are mostly chains, so should tat up quickly.
While I have a couple of ideas on where I'd like the colours to go, 
it's up to the shuttles to behave themselves!

Previous Rounds :

shuttles are like pet cats – they rule!
happy tatting always J

Monday, 11 December 2017


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Here’s a peek into my current tutorial project - multi-colour Cluny tatting.
Georgia asked whether I could do a tutorial on 3-coloured Cluny leaves. Always up for a challenge and broadening my horizons!
But first I had to refresh my memory, hence started with a Hanging Cluny in single colour. Then went on to 2 and 3 colours, with a bit of experimentation in the repeats.
These are merely my practice & experimental pieces.
I find myself unable to make a diamond-shaped tally; it invariably turns into a spindle or leaf. Not that I mind, personally - I like this shape.

Then on to regular tallies in 4 colours (inset shows  a close-up)
The last one in purple has uneven number of passes – 2 purple and 1 mustard.
All woven on a card stock loom with tapestry needles.

These are all done with scrap threads, hence colours may not be as distinguishable. For the pdf, I am using other colours.

Dagmar Pezzuto is the only one I know who has made 2 and 3 colour tallies. I watched her video and made a few of my own tiny tweaks.

For the pdf I thought a sequential presentation from 1 to more colours will be a good idea? It does increase the number of pages, but it will also keep everything under one roof and progress logically. It also gives us a chance to refresh our memory before embarking into multiple colours.

QUESTION : Do you prefer this type of all-in-one pictorial or only one separate 3-coloured Cluny Tatting pictorial ?

The weaving itself is very easy and basic, but I must admit that it takes a bit of practice to  manage the many threads required for coloured weaving ;-P I've gotten better!

Related posts
All my Cluny Tatting Tutorials, along with many resource links

Happy tatting always :-)