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Monday, 20 June 2011

A Turn in the Chain

We tatters know that the chain is always a curve. If you need a straighter chain, then it can be straightened somewhat through blocking. Alternatively, you can do it by following the technique shown by Jane Eborall in her techniques site called the Double Double Stitch.

I, for one, try to avoid the need to block any of my tatting.  I made that a point in most of my design.  I don't know if it had that effect or not when someone else tat my patterns, the need to block, I mean.


Here is a picture showing the natural shape of chains in a small sample motif.

But, I am working on a pattern where I think a subtle turn in the chain would look quite nice make it a little bit pointy. Something like this,

I know I can tat the chains as normal and block it to achieve the look that I want. But, I think I may have something here.  Can you see the point in each chain? Or am I the only one who can see it.

15 comments:

  1. I can see what you want to do, the flower looks lovely with or without the point.
    Margaret

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  2. Yep, see it! This is often done in the ears or beaks of animal motifs, where you need a slight point.

    I find that the thread and tension has more to do with whether something needs to be blocked or not. A nice crisp thread and even tension usually leave the motif looking very nice. Blocking can even out small imperfections and I do have those!

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  3. No blocking! Gads! I usually have to block my work. Sounds as if this could be a very good standard by which to measure my work - do I need to block or not?

    I must notice if I require blocking on your patterns - for sure not on any of the ring ones! But the others, I do not recall specifically . I will pay attention to this in the future, as some patterns I tat MUST be blocked and some others I do not have to apply a dousing and the Criminal Code!
    Fox : )

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  4. yes, Jon, I can see the subtle point. what did you do differently?

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  5. I can see the point, and I think it would be very useful! There are several motifs that would look nice as stars or snowflakes, but because they are so rounded, they look more like flowers to me. It looks like I have some more investigating to do!

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  6. I can see the point in the chain. Usually when I want this effect, I do two chains instead of one, so I am interested how you accomplished this.

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  7. I can see those points all the way from Minnesota in the U.S.

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  8. I see it! How do you do it? You are a master of suspense ;)

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  9. Oh yes, I can see the difference. It's like a Gothic arch. I sometimes achieve this look by doing a lock stitch at the top of the curve. Is that what you did?

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  10. I do see it and yes, I hate having to block my pieces. But so far, most of my doilies I do have to block.

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  11. Yes, I see the point in the chain... looks like a pointed flower petal. What did you do? (I like this)

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  12. I see it! :) It looks great for a little difference! :)

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  13. Please, please, tell us QUICKLY how you did it ..lol!

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  14. In reply to your comments, I made a separate blog post explaining how I added the point in the chain. Unfortunately, this method works only in chains and not in rings.

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