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Friday, October 7, 2016

Mary Konior's "Patchwork" as a magic square

In my last post, I talked about wanting to create a magic square out of four ringed flowers, similar to those used by Mary Konior. The more I thought about it, the more I wondered, "Why not transform one of Mary's patterns into a magic square?" That idea seemed like more fun, and so I went along with it. I'm a big fan of Mary's patterns and I think this one turned out nicely.


This pattern is called "Patchwork" and appears in Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns. The original pattern is a small repeatable square that can be connected to other squares to make a large mat. I transformed it into a magic square by adding trefoils to the corners of the small squares.

For those who would like to try this pattern adaptation, here are my notes. As you tat this, keep in mind that the central flowers have a slightly different stitch count so they can attach to the trefoils. I've also changed a lot of the original stitch counts to suit my tatting style:


Right clicking and opening the photo in a new tab should make the stitch counts large enough to read. Numbers in the diagram show one repeat. The flower in the lower left corner (where numbering begins) is a good place to start tatting this pattern.

If you are really ambitious, you could make the square much larger. I digitally altered the photo to give an idea of what a larger magic square would look like:


I'd recommend starting in the corner and working your way around like this:


This larger square is all done in one pass, but it is quite a maze and careful attention is needed to keep your place!

20 comments:

Jane McLellan said...

Fantastic! Well done. Thanks for showing us how it's done I'm going to bookmark this page. I do have the book, though I realise that looking at the original could be distracting.

Gilles Innocenti said...

Beautiful !
I love Mary Konior's "Patchwork" and I found this is a really nice variation you created, with the appealing interest that you can do it in one pass. Your magic square is also superb, I started yesterday to make just one square to train.
I wanted to say how much I admire your work, always looking for the better number of knots, to get a nice and flat shape. And moreover, you always respect the shapes of rings and chains (as Frivole, by the way), not forcing them to be too linear or too curved.
I'd be very happy (and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one) if you make a book with your diagrams one day (of course, you're already sharing them on this site and on your shop, but a book is such a nice object to keep... :)
I'm looking forward to discover the next nice works of yours ! :D
Greetings from a french tatting guy,
Gilles

Madtatter80 said...

Wow it's beautiful and fun to work with something already there love your adaptations and the digitized one letting you see into the future :)

God's Kid said...

Looks awesome!!!!! :)

Bernice said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. It amazes me how you can manipulate the patterns electronically. It just seems like magic.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Your adaptation looks wonderful! I think I should give it a try. Thank you for sharing your notes!

N. Maria said...

I love the way you think! I will give this a try soon! Thank you for making me think outside the box.

Margarets designer cards said...

I also love Mary Koniors patterns and this is a lovely adaptation of one of her patterns. Thank you for sharing it with us

GraceT said...

Just brilliant! And very beautiful, too. Well done! :-)

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks so much Gilles! I hope to create a book of patterns someday, though it is more of a long term goal as it will require tons of research, planning, and preparation. Glad to hear you are practicing the magic square, I think this is a fun pattern to make :)

Sally Kerson said...

I'm a great fan of square designs and this one looks great, must have a go one day!

Anna Katarzyna said...

Fantastyczny pomysł!

Conny said...

Sehr schön!

Sarah said...

Very clever to think to adapt the pattern into a magic square, and quite striking when worked up! Lovely work, and thank you for sharing. You are tempting me away from my snowflakes. :)

Portela Julie said...

Wow! I love Mary Konior's patterns, and this square is just amazing !

Claire said...

Thank you so much for sharing your adaptation. I love Mary Konior patterns, and this magic square Patchwork is amazing.
Some members of the Francophone Tatting group "Frivolité : dentelle aux navettes et à l'aiguille" on Facebook have started doing it in order to make window shades.
I am so tempted to try it myself, but have too many projects on at the moment, and too little time to tat.
Thank again.

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks for the information. I don't have a Facebook account, so I can't check it out myself, but it sounds like an interesting project. I imagine it would take a while to make window shades, and I'd be curious to see how they turn out!

lequita hicks said...

Thanks for the post. I can't wait to start this project.
I shared your post in our beginning tatters chat group on fb.

Robin Perfetti said...

Hope you like it! I find it to be an interesting and somewhat challenging project (more so if you decide to expand the square).

lequita hicks said...

I started the square tonight and I'm doing 4 squares. Wish me luck lol. I'll try and post a pic so you can see well (or not so well) I do.:)