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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Edging for the Onion Ring Magic Square

I've created an edging for the onion ring square #2 and onion ring magic square #2.


In Lizbeth size 20 thread, the smaller square measures 4 inches across and the larger square measures 7 inches across. The small square has an edging with decorative picots and the large square has a clean edging. Substitute one for the other depending on your preference. The edging can be repeated and attached to larger versions of the magic square as well.

The pattern for the squares can be found by clicking HERE, and the edging is instructed below.

Due to irregular distances between joining picots, I had to get creative with the stitch counts for the chains. Pay close attention to the chains and what parts of the square they are attached to. Here is a photo of the stitch counts for the small square with decorative picots:


Written instructions are below (see photo above for join locations, see the Reading the Patterns page of the Onion Ring Magic Square pattern for abbreviations)

Beginning at the set of 7-7 rings in the lower left of the photo:

*Ring: 7 - 7 (during repeats, join this ring to the previous onion ring)
Ring: 7 - 7, RW
Chain 6 + 4, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain 7 + 2 - 3 - 1 + (CWJ to prev ring) 1 - 3 - 2 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 7 + 5, RW

Corner Flower
Ring: 10 + 5 - 5
Ring: 5 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 5
Ring: 5 + 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 5
Ring: 5 + 5 - 10, RW

Chain: 5 + 7, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain 7 + 2 - 3 - 1 + (CWJ to prev ring) 1 - 3 - 2 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 4 + 6, RW
Ring: 7 + 7
Ring: 7 - 7, RW
Chain: 6 + 9, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain 7 + 2 - 3 - 1 + (CWJ to prev ring) 1 - 3 - 2 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 9 + 6, RW*

Repeat instructions between asterisks around the square.

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Here is a photo of stitch counts for the large square with a clean edge (no decorative picots). Right click and open in a new tab for a larger photo:


Written instructions are below.

Beginning at 7-7 rings where numbering starts in the photo:

*Ring: 7 - 7 (during repeats, join this ring to the previous onion ring)
Ring: 7 - 7, RW
Chain: 6 + 4, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain: 7 + 6 + (CWJ to prev ring) 6 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 7 + 5, RW

Ring: 7 + 7
Ring: 7 - 7, RW
Chain: 5 + 7, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain: 7 + 6 + (CWJ to prev ring) 6 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 4 + 6, RW
Ring: 7 + 7
Ring: 7 - 7, RW
Chain: 6 + 9, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain: 7 + 6 + (CWJ to prev ring) 6 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 9 + 6, RW
Ring: 7 + 7
Ring: 7 - 7, RW
Chain: 6 + 4, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain: 7 + 6 + (CWJ to prev ring) 6 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 7 + 5, RW

Corner Flower
Ring: 10 + 5 - 5
Ring: 5 + 10 - 5
Ring: 5 + 10 - 5
Ring: 5 + 5 - 10, RW

Chain: 5 + 7, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain: 7 + 6 + (CWJ to prev ring) 6 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 4 + 6, RW
Ring: 7 + 7
Ring: 7 - 7, RW
Chain: 6 + 9, DNRW, SS

Onion Ring
Ring: 10 - 10, RW
Chain: 7 + 6 + (CWJ to prev ring) 6 - 7 + (LJ to base of ring), RW, SS

Chain: 9 + 6, RW*

Repeat instructions between asterisks around the square.

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These instructions were written from my samples and have NOT been test tatted for accuracy. If you notice any errors please contact me so that I can fix them.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Snowflake Mat

I had the idea to make tatting patterns that mimicked stained glass, and drew up several designs. Turns out, that's a lot harder to do than I thought. So, I've scrapped that idea and am instead using traditional two color tatting.

Here's one of the designs, which still needs a few more motifs and a border:


Not sure how much I like this, but since it works I'd like to see it through to the end. The colors look blue and white but are actually a dark blue (Lizbeth Ocean Turquoise Dk) and a light blue (Lizbeth Bright Blue Lt).

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Table Runner, 5th Column

I've started working my way down the 5th column of the table runner:


When I reach the bottom, I will be at the halfway point. Then I need to create the second half the same way as the first. It's all made in one continuous path, which reduces the amount of ends I have to hide.

Here's how it will lay on the table:


There's about 150 hours of work left for this project (which includes writing up the pattern), but I'm not sure when I will get it finished. I've been working on the table runner in between other projects to keep things a little more interesting.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Jan's Doily

The final version of the doily has been tatted and the pattern can now be found in my Etsy shop. Click here to go directly to the listing.

Below is a photo of the doily, tatted in Lizbeth size 40 thread, White, Seagreen Light, and Turquoise Dark. It's next to the prototype of the doily, tatted in white:


I decided to name this pattern "Jan's Doily" because I was inspired by several of Jan Stawasz's doily designs. I really like the way he frames a central shape with a border of simple rings and chains.

The doily measures 11.75 inches wide when tatted in size 20 thread and 9.6 inches wide in size 40 thread. It's appropriate for a large vase or similar item:


Here is a closer photo of the prototype. It has a few minor irregularities because I was trying to come up with a good stitch count as I went along:


The colorized version was tatted afterwards, to test out my instructions and to make sure that everything lays flat:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

More rounds

A few more rounds have been added:


After this, there are two more rounds to go. The two rounds of simple rings and chains (in white) are inspired by several of Jan Stawasz's doilies. I wanted to try putting something together that featured a central design with a framing effect around it. More to come next week or the week after.