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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Experiments

After finishing the doily of the last post, I thought I'd carry out some tatting experiments before picking up the Norma Benporath doily again.

An idea came to me to tat the 2-layered flower motif in two colours.  Here are the two that I tried.
On the right, I did  the two layers in alternating colours, while on the left the bottom layer is in one colour and the top in another.  I prefer the one on the left for its clean arrangement, though the one on the right may be okay too if I can arrange it so that the top and bottom rings are aligned instead of skewed as in the picture.

Exploring it further, I joined up three motifs together and I think it would made a pretty bracelet with beads in them.  My idea was to keep it simple and just have one bead in the centre of each flower.
I remember an instruction on making a 3-layer flower but I can't find it anymore.

Added later:
Fox and Charlette pointed the instruction to make the layered flower, which is by Jennifer Williams and you can find it here. It is the bottom-most on the right column and clicking on it will give you the instruction in pdf file.

Then, another light bulb flashes - Can I alternate the colours in an interlocking ring?  I think I can, and I did but only after numerous tries.
The tension is uneven and there is a big blob in the centre where I knotted the two threads together, but I think  it is possible.  Still need to polish up the technique some more and try and get it simplified.

Conclusion:
The experiments were successful.

17 comments:

  1. I really like the two layer flowers, and I think the idea of a bead in the center is perfect! I have yet to try interlocking rings. They do look intriguing!

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  2. wow!! wonderful!
    but can I ask you tha way you do flowers as in the 1st picture? I am not able to understand how you make a flower over another flower... :S

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  3. Very pretty! Love the alternating interlocking rings!

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  4. Both your experiments look great. It is certainly a nifty idea to alternate the colors in the interlocking. If you write up something in the future, I would love to try it out. I like the flower on the left also.....the other one looks too busy as you noticed.

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  5. very pretty flowers, and WOW on the interlocking rings.

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  6. Hi, Jon,
    There is a Two layer flower,designed by Jennifer Williams. in 2008, that looks like yours.

    Your rings are terrific! I cannot get the hang of it and keep watching Karen's video to no avail! Woe is me. very frustrating!
    Fox : 0

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    1. Thank you for pointing this out. I know there is already an instruction for this method but could not recall where I have seen it. I will update the link in the main post.

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  7. Great flowers!!! And interlocking rings!! I love the colors!!! :)

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  8. Brilliant, I love both your flowers, I also like the way you have alternative colours, and I little rings in the middle, Your interlocking rings are also great, Well done on your experiments

    Margaret

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  9. Très jolie en deux couleurs!!! Le modèle en 3 D est sur le site Cariad-tatting.co.uk le modèle "Two layer tatted flower Je me suis beaucoup amusée à tester le 3 D...
    A bientot

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    1. Thank you for highlighting this, Charlette

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  10. Your experiments are going well! As I mentioned in my recent post where I finally connected the rings, I am very fascinated by layered tatting and Celtic tatting - both the interlocked rings (Rachel of Piney Woods; and Karen Cabrera) and woven chains (Rozella Linden). I am determined to figure them out!

    I'm amazed you're doing the interconnected rings in two colors!!!! I'm having enough trouble with one thread source, but I like using variegated thread.

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    1. You know Kathy, that 2-layer flower would look great when combining a solid for the bottom and a variegated for the top layer, I think.

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  11. Love the experiments. Your work is lovely. Makes me want to stop my current projects and experiment myself!

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  12. I'm a new tatter and just found your blog. You do such beautiful work. What is the pattern at the top of your blog?

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    1. MamaClaude,
      Thank you visiting my blog. The doily that I have in my header is the Starlight Doily from the book The Tatter's Treasure Chest. I have tatted it differently by leaving out all the decorative picots.

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