Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wiggly Flowers, Butterfly Liberated, and Wiosna 2016 update

Wiggly Flowers by muskaan
Motifs #22, #23, and #24 in 2nd 25 Motif Challenge of 2016
Pink variegated (size 10 Manuela), Other variegated (size 20 Lizbeth)

After my last few posts, you were probably wondering if I was ever going to finish tatting something. :) Well, I did! And they were all quick, easy, and fun.

I'm always looking for great patterns for emptying my shuttles after a project is finished, and I tend to prefer ring only ones. Wiggly Flowers and Butterfly Liberated are both great for this and muskaan has shared them first as part of This Way or Tat? Set 1 - Rings Only, but she will be adding the patterns individually to her pattern page.

Wiggly Flowers is a great variation of the daisy diagram on page 9 of the pdf (1.A.iii.) as it uses half-closed rings. I love using beads in the opening of half-closed rings, so, after tatting a bead-less one to get the size, I searched through my bead stash for something the right size and a suitable color for a flower center.

Butterfly Liberated by muskaan
Motif #25 of 2nd 25 Motif Challenge of 2016
Same size 20 Lizbeth variegated thread as Wiggly Flowers

This little flutterer is also a variation of diagram I.A.iii on page 9, but with "a twist" as muskaan puts it. I tatted this with all traditional double stitches, including the little half-closed ring that is tucked in between the outward facing rings. While I've made loads of those 4-ring butterflies where the ends become the antennae, I find myself thinking every time that the butterfly needs a body! That little 4-ring design is just 2 wings (4 wing segments) and antennae. I like to think the knot I tie is the head. :) Now my ring-only butterflies can have a body. Thank you, muskaan.  (Tat it for yourself and notice the flow of the work. Did you find it to match that diagram, too?)

Progress update: Serwetka Wiosna 2016 by Renata Renulek Niemczyk
size 80 (DMC & Lizbeth)

I'm finally back at work on this project and enjoying it. I'm working round 10 with yellow on shuttle 1 to form the inner-joining rings and white on shuttle 2 for the chains and thrown rings. All of my tatting on this doily has been traditional double stitches, but I do have a definite front side in mind. I've deliberately tatted each round so that the yellow rings and multiple picot rings that I view as flowers (like those in that first purple and white round) are all facing the same side up. This is how you are seeing it in the image above and how I plan to display it. Since this round has more of my little yellow flowers, I wanted those yellow rings to be face up compared to all of the other yellow rings in the doily so far. When I reversed work after that first yellow ring, I found myself moving around the doily in a counter-clockwise direction as you can see. I've found some similarities to the ring-only diagrams that we covered in the online class last night, but I know muskaan is going to cover ring and chain combinations as well, so I'm going to save my thoughts until then. :)

Happy tatting, everyone!


muskaan said...

Oh, I do love both you adaptations ! In fact I'm going to steal your beaded flower idea for charms on bookmarks (I don't use beads on the main body).

So, did you add picots to the 4ds ring ? It will be interesting to read what you did :-) I had to intentionally use & place that tiny ring to introduce RW and how it affects our tatting.

Your doily is looking beautiful!! Glad you are back to this WIP. This round actually answers Sherry's question in class :-)

God's Kid said...

Love your flowers!!! :)
Great butterfly!! :)
Your doily is so elegant!! :) It looks so tiny next to the shuttles.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thank you, muskaan and Sue.

I don't use beads within a bookmark with the exception of the confetti ice cream cones. I just can't resist candy sprinkles in the ice cream. :)

muskaan, I assume you are talking about the 4 ds half-ring in the butterfly? No, I didn't add any picots. It tucked up into the space perfectly without any. I didn't mention the change of direction that the reverse works before and after that ring cause. It isn't really noticeable since we immediately follow the half ring with the 2nd reverse work putting us moving back in a clockwise direction. I suspected that may have been your motivation for putting it there, but I love the appearance of it. Ingenious!

Jane McLellan said...

Muskaan is keeping you thinking! I love the colours you're using for the doily.

Margarets designer cards said...

Love the butterfly, I must try that pattern, I do a lot of four ring butterflies to use up thread.
Lovely flowers,
Your mat is coming along beautifully

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thank you, Jane and Margaret.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful mat! It will be great.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thank you, Lilas.

Madtatter80 said...

All your tatting looks great and I know what you mean about placing a bead in the empty spaces in between. have great day!

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thank you, Carollyn.

TamaraART said...

I really like that idea of a butterfly with body, I think this is how I will be naking butterflies from now on! Your doily is beautiful! I don't know if I would ever have the patience to work on a project as big as that!