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11-11-2010, 07:30 PM
This is an adaptation of a triangular motif by Mary Konior in her book Tatting Patterns. Triad is the last pattern in the book.
I really like that the pattern is just one round. I simply completed 6 repeats instead of the 3 in the original and modified the points with more picots and used an SCMR for the floating ring. By snugging the SCMR close to the chain, it causes the chain to come to a point instead of being rounded. (Snowflakes are spikey!)
I intend to make another snowflake and modify the outer points to have more presence, they seem a little small to me.
In looking at this I'm wondering what effect a subtle color change might have in calling attention to them.. say a pale blue or violet, or adding iridescent beads at your 3 picot clusters. I also love to work variations on others' patterns, but I haven't tried anything this bold.
12-11-2010, 12:13 AM
12-11-2010, 01:47 AM
I simply completed 6 repeats instead of the 3 in the original and modified the points with more picots and used an SCMR for the floating ring. By snugging the SCMR close to the chain, it causes the chain to come to a point instead of being rounded. (Snowflakes are spikey!)
It looks great to me. But I think you are right that a little beefing up of the points might be an improvement.
Susan B T
13-11-2010, 11:00 PM
Patty a wonderful snowflake.. You are so good at pattern adaptation, wish My hands could carry out what my mind sees. Thanks.
14-11-2010, 02:52 AM
I too like that pattern. I'm making notes as to your adaptation. Will this go to the Museum also? If so, I hope to see it before it sells!
14-11-2010, 02:55 AM
Yes, we don't do decorations at Christmas at our house.
15-11-2010, 05:14 AM
Re-blocked and re-scanned, now I don't think it needs a redesign.
15-11-2010, 02:59 PM
Wow! It's amazing what a difference a simple shaping can make. Definitely no redesign needed! :)
Looks great to me
15-11-2010, 11:00 PM
The snowflake looks great! I might have to try it while I'm on my snowflakes-for-Christmas kick.
15-11-2010, 11:00 PM
WOW! The blocking made such a difference. I must not be blocking my tatting correctly. Would you post what you did please?
15-11-2010, 11:39 PM
I usually just lay the piece on a flat piece of acrylic sheet, spray with starch and use my fingers to shape the piece, making sure that opposite points are lined up and picots are open.
When I re-blocked the snowflake, I pinned it out (I use an old mousepad made of foam with a cloth cover. It get pretty icky, but it works!) If you look closely at the second picture you can see the pinholes. I don't pin picots, they get all wierd. I pin at the places where there are joins or a ring and chain meet. I paid special attention to the outer points because that's what was bothering me.
16-11-2010, 01:43 AM
You don't iron it?
16-11-2010, 01:55 AM
I think it looks great :biggrin:
16-11-2010, 02:39 AM
No, I don't iron tatting. Tatting is three dimensional, it's not like a sheet of paper. I think most tatting that is ironed looks sort of lifeless. That's my personal taste. I think the best tatting has the the proper tension to not need anything as a finish. Each stitch is put where it needs to be, under the tension that it needs to have. It's a high bar, but those are my thoughts on finishing tatting. Not that I don't have to work on a piece rather ferociously sometimes, but my best work hardly needs anything.
16-11-2010, 03:23 AM
Great explanation of blocking. I wondered exactly what was supposed to be done. I have pinned and finger pressed into position on large pieces for their original blocking, but never read what is suppose to happen. This 'pins' it down!!
16-11-2010, 10:37 AM
It's beautiful! I wish I had the ability to see new designs in familiar patterns. I think I'll just leave designing and redesigning up to others!
16-11-2010, 12:16 PM
That's just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. hugs