Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hanky Edging Trial & Learning New Techniques

I made my list of techniques I'd like to learn or practice. Wow! There were many more items on the list that I expected. I've tried a number of them at one time or another, but didn't master them well enough to use them regularly. I'll start by experimenting with different types of joins and mastering the split chain. Those seem to offer the most benefit to me at the moment. Later I'll pick a few more.

Feeling a strong desire to get the edging started on the hanky Diane gave me, I opted to begin with someone else's design rather than create one of my own. (I think I have enough design projects underway already.) I chose Mary Konior's Beaded Braid (page 9 of Tatting with Visual Patterns).  Ignore the single ring. Mary's pattern has the clover with the bead at its base repeating over and over again with a final round of chain to finish it off. With my little practice piece of edging, I can already see a need to lengthen the chains between the clovers. I have some ideas for the corners and rounding the largest part of the scalloped corner.


After adding the round of chain scallops on the outside, I think the tatting will be the same width, or slightly larger, than the "ribbon" of the corner. And even though they don't look it in this picture, the beads are white. What do you think?

12 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow, the beads are white?

The color of your thread is PERFECT for your hanky. I like the pattern!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I like it! Your thread seems to match the color in the hanky perfectly. I like that the white bead picks up some of the color as well. And look at the way the pattern fits right into that little scallop... beautiful choice!

Isdihara said...

I LIKE IT! You have made an excellent choice and I am impressed that you are using such fine thread.

RandaGray said...

That's a great color :) What kind of thread is that???

Eliz (tatknot) said...

The beads pick up more of the color of the thread in the picture than they do in reality.

The thread is Mettler Machine Quilting Thread. It is smaller than a size 80 tatting cotton. I'm guessing about size 100, but that is just a guess. It is wonderful to tat with--slides so smoothly!

God's Kid said...

Can't wait to see it finished since it looks like it will be great! :)

mahiru said...

Wow, is this Mettler?
How beautiful!
The combination of colors are elegant and the pattern is also so.

JB said...

WOW!!!! Machine Quilting thread!!!! That is going to be gorgeous and SO delicate. I can't wait to see the finished hanky.

umintsuru said...

Hi Eliz, I like how you decided to tat the clover into the hanky. Love your choice of colour and beads. You are so brave to use such a small sized thread.

Carla said...

...wow... wonderful work!

Julie R said...

Absolutely perfect...what a lovely pattern...can't wait to see more of it as it progresses!

Eliz (tatknot) said...

Thanks for all of the encouragement. It is wonderful motivation.