While we think of early tatting to be either in white, cream or natural thread colours, Norma Benporath advocated the use of colours for these edgings. As with the earlier patterns, it was not stated if is is a shuttle-and-ball pattern or a two-shuttle pattern, or when to reverse and when not to reverse. I started with shuttle and ball and soon enough I realised that part of the long chain is going to twist when I joined it to the ring as per the instructions. (I did not take a picture of this so cannot show the twist). To avoid the twist, I needed to make the SLT in several parts as I progressed, so I stopped.
I started again with two shuttles, and this is the result.
But even with two shuttles, there are still some parts that I think could have been tatted better. The parts that I was not happy with is in the short space in the chain which I have pointed with the arrows. To achieve the symmetry in the chain before and after the ring, I had to reverse work, switch shuttle and made a picot on the the underside of the chain. Well .. okay, call me a perfectionist ... but I know that, that non-symmetry is going to be staring at me each time I look at it.
I don't tat edgings so much but I like edgings because they can be turned into bookmarks. That is what I did with this edging,
|Thread used is DMC Dentelle #80|
I may reduce the number of picots in the middle when I tat this again.
On another note, there is a discussion on In Tatters about sharing charts drawn out of worded patterns that are already available for free online, whether such action infringes any copyrights or not. When I started tatting these Norma Benporath's patterns I can see that the instructions may be difficult to follow to someone who is not used to the old style of writing tatting patterns. Although the Trove website provide for readers to make corrections on the OCR text, the corrections did not really simplify the patterns itself. I had thought about drawing charts for the patterns that I have tested and maybe sharing them with other tatters. Now that the issue of copyrights has been raised (not directly to me on these Benporath patterns, by the way), I am unsure of whether this can be done or not. The discussion is still open on the topic.