Janice's Doings in Tübingen


Beginning to Shuttle Tat - Part 4

Slowly advancing through the book 'Easy Tatting'...
Here's my first attempt at the Large Heart and the tidier example from the book.  I didn't pay enough attention to the sizes of the various picots that I was supposed to make so it is quite wobbly-looking and I definitely need a bit of finesse along those edges and joins. 

Here's the center section only of the Large Rosette done in two colors.  This doesn't lay flat, probably because the two threads are of slightly different thickness.

Beginning to Shuttle Tat - Part 3

Here is some of the progress I've been making with shuttle tatting.  I've gotten a good hang of the knots, my picots are coming along nicely and the joins... well, they need a bunch of work and aren't exactly trivial yet.  Practice, practice, practice!

These two patterns are from 'Easy Tatting' by Rozella Linden.

This pattern is from Marilee Rockley.  It's a nice little edging for practicing rings, picots and spacing as well as to use up the last bit of yarn on the shuttle.

Beginning to Shuttle Tat - Part 2

 Slowly, but surely...

Here you can see three attempts, with growing degrees of success going from left to right.  I'm still getting the hang of the counting, picots and joins and the beginning was something completely foreign until I had an AHA! moment on the trick with the paper clip (which was necessary since I haven't found written instructions for what I needed to do yet - but see below).  

All of these are an attempt to make a Celtic Snowflake from the book Celtic Tatting by Rozella F Linden.  It really just involves chains, joins and picots with no reverse work or making rings.
Here if you follow where I started on the bottom right, I got the first 2 loops (roughly) okay, but then failed to read the instructions properly and missed putting in another 5 double stitches to move the 3rd loop to the proper place.
Here I actually got all the way around and only messed up on the last loop!  Here you can clearly see where I didn't join those top two picots in the middle early on in the loop when I should have.  Again, another case of not really reading the instructions properly.
My last attempt (so far) doesn't quite have consistently-sized loops or picots and that left loop got a bit twisted, but I'm fairly satisfied in that I can say the following:
   - I DID make it all the way around
   - I'm getting more consistent in my picot sizings, especially those involved in joins
   - Joining still needs a bunch of practice
   - To get started I was supposed to make a first loop onto a paper clip (that would hold that 'picot' until the final join).  I figured out that I need my shuttle thread to be still attached to my ball thread (so that it's really just one continuous thread and not 2 separate one, as I think the instructions implied), hence my AHA! moment. 
 Here you can see that these babies are pretty tiny:  the snowflake using size 10 thread is only about an inch (2.5 cm as you see here) in diameter!
Not bad for starters and now I'm confident to try a few other things.  I'll probably plunge into another  Rozella Linden's book 'Easy Tatting' published by Dover; that seems to have more instructions on the various tatting moves than the Celtic Tatting book does.

Apropos 'instructions':  I've looked at a few of these now and I must say the instructions are not mathematically logical to my mind.  You'll find an instruction that has 5-5-2-2-5 where the number represents the number of double stitches and the '-' represents a picot, so I would read this 5 double stitches, 1 picot, 5 more ds, 1 picot, etc.  BUT the understanding seems to be that a picot is counted towards the number following it, so the instructions are meant to mean 5 double stitches, 1 picot, FOUR ds, 1 picot, ONE ds, 1 picot, ONE ds, 1 picot, FOUR ds!!!  That's just silly if you ask me, but I suppose I'll get used to it. 

Beginning to Shuttle Tat!

Last summer when visiting my sister-in-law in Poland, one of her household helpers, Pane Janine, showed me how to tat.  I tried it out a bit, but never quite got the 'flip' action of the knots.  I wanted to try harder and so bought myself a cute shuttle and some sweet patterns to inspire myself, but have only just now tried it out again.

Here you have the first feeble attempts, culminating in a botched-up ring (at the bottom).... not very consistent and certainly I bungled the ring completely and decided to start over. 
Then I found my own personal round-the-clock teacher:  Marilee Rockley and her Shuttle Tatting course on www.craftsy.com.  In case you don't know Craftsy, they have a wide assortment of video courses that you can watch over and over.  Each class covers a topic in-depth and provide lists of the materials needed as well as all the necessary techniques and lots of the instructor's favorite tips, tricks, insights and experience as well.  I took full advantage of this course; I watched Marilee over and over and over to see how that 'flip' knot was made, how she placed her hands, how she held the shuttle - everything, really - and then tried again and again to do it myself.

Here you can see where I started off rather shakily on the left trying to do some rings with chains in between and the odd picot (loop) tossed in!  Those first two are indeed quite shaky (okay, the word 'deformed' comes more to mind!), but then I started to get the swing of it and on the right are some recognizable chains with picots and rings with picots!  So exciting!

And here is a close-up of my fairly tidy tatting!

Back quickly to Marilee and her course:  The zoom-in camera angle where you see up close how to do the various parts of shuttle tatting was amazingly helpful and her commentary on just what needed to be done was a great accompaniment.

By the way, I got my cute shuttle online from Karrieann at her shop 2TomorrowsTreasures on Etsy.

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