I have been following Janes's TIAS from Day1 but did not join in until now. I guess, I was put off by having to use so many beads. I have used beads in tatting before. Most of the time, the beads are strung on the thread before tatting. I try to avoid putting beads on joining picots because my tiniest crochet hook is still not small enough to go through the holes in the beads that I have.
But, the recent discussion in the tatting community about how to add beads to tatting finally pulled me out of one of my 'duh' moments. With the many tips given, I finally took my shuttles and load up for the TIAS. And I did Day 1 right to Day 6 in one sitting. Here it is -
Still can't figure out what it is ... but after seeing the look of Day 7, I'll venture a guess. ... On the other hand, maybe not.
Anyway, I took a look at Day 7 but only at the diagram and thought .... It's the same as the other half, working in reverse. So, feeling clever, I did just that. I tatted the rest of it without looking at the written instructions. And ended up with this -
I didn't see the RW after SR19 and the right-side/wrong-side tatting for R20. Serves me right! If you look closely, my thread for Sh1 is on the wrong side of the ring.
Now I have to wait for Day8 to see which direction it is going. But I think it won't be much of a problem because the red thread of Sh 1 has run out and I have to add more thread anyway.
While I am on this, would the guesses on what this is be different if we had been looking at it this way?
Okay .... ignore that ..... just trying to be funny ;-)