15 December 2006

Sharing a Pattern

No new item for the challenge today.

I just want to wish everyone Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. And since this is the time for giving I am sharing one of my patterns here. It is the beaded rings-only snowflake which I posted for the challenge a while ago. Here is the pic again.

R = ring
SR = Split ring
+ = join
^ = small picot
C = Chain
o = beaded picot
RW = reverse work
DNR = Do Not Reverse
SS = Switch Shuttle

String 43 beads onto Shuttle 1,and 7 beads onto Shuttle 2. I would normally add a few beads extra, just to be safe.

Sh 1:
R1(4 o 4^4 o 4) cl R, DNR

The next step between (* - * )describes the self-closing-mock-ring (SCMR)
(*) Using Shuttle 2;
- C(4 o 2), SS
- R2(5 o 5), cl R and SS
- C(2 o 2), SS
- R3(5 o 5), cl R and SS
- C(2 o 2), SS
- R4(5 o 5) cl R and SS
- C(2 o 4) (*)
Close the SCMR
Sh 1:
SR5(4 o 4/4 o 4)
Repeat (* -*) for the next point of the snowflake, joining R2 to picot of R4 instead of adding the bead to the picot.
Make three more repeats .

For the last repeat, join the SCMR to the to the sp of R1 to complete the motif.
Just post a note if you need explanations with the instructions; this has not been tested-out yet.

5 December 2006

No. 19/25 - Doily Motif

This is a motif that I will be using to make a doily or table-runner as a tat-along, together with a small group from my local tatting circle.
The base motif, the daisy is made using one shuttle. I started out with the idea of making a circular doily, but when I joined up the daisies together and then joined it up with the rings and chains, it looked better as a square.
Now I am contemplating whether to stick with this square and join up more of it together. Or expanding it with more rounds but sticking with the square shape; but I can't seem to get new ideas to fit into the design.
I wonder whether this is common. You know, somehow you manage to come up with a design that you are very satisfied with and can't seem to go any further with it.