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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Catching up

I've finally started Jane's Tat it and See (TIAS). Here is my progress up to Day 3:


This is my second time participating in the TIAS, my first was the sailboat:


It's too early to tell what this one will be. I was so far off in my guesses last year that I think I'll wait a bit to start guessing this time.

Onto other things: When I posted this bookmark, God's Kid asked to see the tassel closer up.


Here is a closer shot of the front and the back. This is done in size 80, and was my first time making the interlocking split rings, so it is lacking a bit in precision:


I had gotten the idea for the bookmark tail after reading muskaan's posts about interlocking split rings. If you scroll to the bottom of her post you will find links to Part 2 and Part 3 of the series.

I wanted to do a slightly different style so I followed these instructions found on Georgia Seitz's website.

Working with four shuttles can be frustrating. I found that my threads often tangled. Using a table (or maybe even a zippered bag) to hold the unused shuttles probably would have helped. I tried to keep all four shuttles on my lap and they tended to flail around.

For the tassel itself I used a technique posted by Rachael (xstchntat) on InTatters (now Craftree).


If you are a member of Craftree, you can click here to go to the forum topic where Rachael has linked to two videos. The first shows how to make a twisted cord and the second shows how to make the tassel. I don't want to link directly to the video because it goes into her Photobucket account, and that seems more of a private place than something like YouTube.

I still have some catching up to do on the Inkscape posts (I haven't forgotten about you Phyllis!) and I will get to them as soon as I can. I tend to get distracted easily by other projects and have been busy designing a Valentine Heart. I've posted a photo of the heart at the bottom of my Design Gallery page but won't be writing any more until I can properly diagram the pattern. I was thinking of adding it to my Etsy shop when it's ready.

16 comments:

  1. That is a really neat boat, a gorgeous bookmark and a professional looking tassel!

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  2. I've only completed one TIAS, the baby carriage. Somehow I get all messed up when it comes to split rings. I guess I should practice them more. I love the tail on your bookmark! I don't think I'm ready to tackle four shuttles!

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  3. Your Interlocking SR braid & tassel are exquisite, & a Gorgeous colourway !
    Your work is Always do inspiring :-)

    Jane McLellan shared her easier technique for this kind of braid, which requires only 2 shuttles (scroll down to comments here : http://tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.in/2014/09/tatting-away-vii.html) . Make one SR braid. Then while making the 2nd, weave in the previous braid Before closing the ring ....alternating between up & down ....

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    1. Thanks for the tip. When I was working with four shuttles, I was wondering if there was a way to do it with two. Will have to try this out next time, I'm sure it will make it much easier.

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    2. It is. Used Jane's version to make paci keepers.

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    3. Jane has a tutorial as part of the pattern (for choker, etc, -- the ones on her blog header) if I remember correctly.

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    4. Robin, I need to put this right .
      Was trying out Jane's method and realised that the effect is different from the one you have made. Your IRs cannot be made with her method. So as far as I know, 4 shuttles will be required.

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    5. Hmmm...I never did get around to trying this myself. Now you have me more intrigued because you say it won't work. I, like a curious child, always want to understand "why" :)

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    6. I may have done it wrong .... was in a hurry and the pic seemed different. Blame it on a fuzziness of mind ;-P
      Will get to it more seriously. And I love your curiosity .... that is what results in interesting ideas, techniques, applications . :-) Hope to see your experimentation ....

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    8. Sorry to keep posting, .... I keep forgetting to add that Gina Brummet's Split Ring Woven Cord is the technique that will give you the same result asthe IR braid, but using 2 shuttles only. It is what I used in the same post I mentioned above.
      You make 2 SR chains of desired lengths. Then simply weave one thru the other.

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  4. Thank you so much for your patterns. Your design tutorial snowflake is one of my favorite patterns!!!

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    1. Glad you like it, I have a lot of fun designing them :)

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  5. This is beautiful, and your work is wonderful you too have golden hands in tatting. I am tatting the big doily form the book Robotki and I noticed that you left a comment on Diane's blog and and you were on or starting row 7, I was looking ahead and can not find the number count for the chains on this row only rings have a number. Do you see them or am I crazy if you see them let me know where Please! and I don't see them on 8 as well :)

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  6. Oh, thank you so much for showing that gorgeous "tail"!!!! :) I love it and will have to try it sometime. After tatting 2 bracelets using 4 shuttles I can relate(I hate it, but it's worth it).
    And the tassel is so pretty too!! :)
    Love your tatted heart!!!!!! :)

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  7. Isn't the TIAS fun! Your starting small ring is nicer looking than mine. Hint: I used how to break lines for a diagram on interlocking chains. Worked great.

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