Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Bit of Bling

This is another beaded crochet rope, probably the most complicated one I've done. I must be getting the hang of it.

I thought I was also getting the hang of tracing back from Pinterest where a pattern came from. vk.com, right? Wrong. vk.com turns out to be a social media site, not the website of a particular bead designer.


Here it is, the last pattern in the book.
I've really enjoyed working systematically through the Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito, published by Lacis Publications, ISBN 4-529-03570-0. There were a number of patterns that I probably wouldn't have chosen to tat, but was glad I had. Some looked fiddly, but were worth the effort.

 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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Working On It

I'm working on the last motif in the book, using Coats size 40 thread.  And making heavy weather of it. There has been a lot of snipping:
I hope I can get to the end now without further mishap. There are two more rows......

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Butterflies Tethered

Edging 99 is essentially the same as 98, with an extra row added to join them together. It's my least favourite of the butterfly edgings. In any case, it's the last edging in the book.  Only one more (largeish) motif or doily to tat I'll have completed my self-imposed challenge! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

More Butterflies

I wondered why the butterflies on Edging 98 weren't joined to each other. It occurred to me that it would work for a circular or curved edging. Do you think that's the reason?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Butterfly Edging

Edging 97 is a lot more original than Edging 96. I must admit I had to peer at the diagram for a while to work out how it was done. Then I practised the half open rings. Hmm, they boggled my mind a bit before I started, but turns out they're an easy alternative to split rings or SSSRs to get from A to B. The diagram and photo showed the little josephine rings in the same colour as the butterfly wings. I did that on the first two repeats, but wondered if it wouldn't make more sense to work them in the same colour as the antennae? So that's what I did on the second two repeats. There's a colour blip in the join and I had to do the SLT for the second one, but I think it works.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Not Quite

I aimed to finish the first sleeve yesterday evening, but I didn't quite make it. Tonight.....