I have only tried tatting a cluny once before and that was only learning the technique, not even trying to make anything from it. I have to search the net for tutorial on cluny when I reach that pattern in the book.
I will be making the butterflies in the sequence they appear in the book. To start with are these three butterflies.
|Top left is Alfa, bottom left is Birte and right is Celine|
I tatted the head for Celine as an onion ring, but I think I made the antennae rather short. I had some problems with the chains in the upper wings because they overlap each other, on both wings.
Below is Diana, still a work on progress with only one side of the wings done.
|Diana - in progress|
One side of the wing is done first and ends by joining it to the body. But, that would leave me with a problem of where to hide the two ends because there isn't a suitable place where I can sew then in. I prefer to sew in the ends because the other methods don't seem to work for me, except for the SSSR where suitable. In this case, I am going to undo that chain and do it up again as a split chain coming form the body and ending at the join at the top of the ring where I have more choices of places to hide the ends.
If you have managed to read this far, you will understand the title that I chose for this post. In summary, it is important to decide what you plan to do with the ends even before starting a project. Study the pattern or picture or chart carefully before starting. If using the magic thread method of hiding ends, mark out on the pattern where the auxiliary threads are going to be placed. It can be at the beginning or the at the end of the work.
In the meantime, I also made another kilt pin with tatting attached to it.
.... and tatted these hearts.
|left, Queen of Hearts by Mary Konior; right, Happy Heart by Frivole|