Wednesday, August 31, 2016

More Leaves

These are numbers 63 and 64. I wasn't paying enough attention on 64, perhaps because it's pretty straight forward, and didn't keep the bare thread that goes from one brown ring to the next on the same side on all the rings. You can see if you look closely.

These motifs inspired by nature are good for using up small lengths of thread. I've been on a mission to empty spools and have quite a few to show for it:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Leaves

Page 58 is full of leaves, more 'Motifs inspired by Nature'. Well, motif 62 on the left looks like a leaf only in the company of other leaves. I guess the clue is in the word 'inspired'. These are motifs 62 and 63.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mandala Cushion


Right, well, the cushion is now done, apart from putting some sort of fastener at the back. I'm not going to say how many times I redid the back.  Suffice it to say I've reached the "@#$% it, that'll do" stage, to quote Jo Brand.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nature

Motifs 58 to 61 are from part 5 of the Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito, Motifs inspired by Nature. I struggled a bit with motif 60, top right, it seems overcrowded. They all involve twisted picots, so I'm glad I've already got the hang of those.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Half

I'm not absolutely convinced this will work for the back of my cushion, but it is more a semicircle than half a hexagon. The back of the cushion has to have an opening, so has to be worked in two parts. I couldn't find a pattern for a crocheted semi-circle so had to do a lot of experimenting and unraveling! I struggled to get the top edge straight, so I worked a strip and then attached the rows as I went along.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Picot Play

These are motifs 53 to 57. Motif 54 involves self closing mock rings, but the others all have double picots. I had to do some practising and experimenting to learn the technique and find the best picot lengths. The picots with thrown off rings require a different picot gauge for each side, for instance. My top tip is to adjust the inner picot before doing the second half of the join. It's less likely to get distorted that way.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Front

This is the front of my mandala cushion. It measures 36 cm across.  There will be one more row, to join the front to the back and form a border. That is, once I get the back right. My first attempt turned out to be half a hexagon, rather than a semicircle:
More research needed!

I managed to work in most of the thread ends as I worked the front by crocheting over them. I started each round in a different place so that I could crochet over the beginning thread in one place and then the end thread of the previous row in a different place. I read about an invisible join, but was put off by Dedri Uys's warning that it needs to be absolutely correct or the mandala would be distorted.