Hello, fellow tatters. The links to Element-al Approach to Tatting and its companion Techniques document have been updated to show the latest versions. Lenka's spiral rings and Ninetta's treble tatting are among the changes. I created these documents to help me when designing. Both are provided in Word or pdf formats.
Elemental Approach offers ideas for increasing the complexity of simple elements. For example, you will find lists of possible substitutions for the usual rings, chains, and picots. You can use these lists to increase the complexity of the pattern, or use it to find an element you know to replace an element you don't know.
The Techniques companion document is a listing of various techniques with links to tutorials and practice patterns.
I invite you to email me or leave comments here in my blog if you have any suggestions to be added to either of these documents. All links worked at the time they were added. Please let me know if you find any that are no longer working.