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Monday, 3 February 2014

Jan Stawasz's Motif

Took a break from the square and tatted this from Jan Stawasz's book Tatted Treasures.  It is the motif of the table runner on pages 65 of the book.

I tried my best to follow his instruction on making the picot within a double stitch, i.e placing the picot between the first half and the second half of the double stitch.  It was not easy getting used to it, sometime I got it, other times I slipped back into the usual method. Unpicked a number of times because of it.

I do find a bit f a problem following the chart for this motif because the numbering of the stitch count jumps all over the chart.  I find that I have to read a different part of the chart for the middle group of rings and for the chains because the were not numbered in the working sequence in the chart like I am used to. 

Still, I am quite happy with this one.  I will be adding more to it as a way of taking a break from the square mat that I showed previously.  Here is a photo of it with a second square added.
These two squares used up almost one ball of the DMC size 80.  I only have one more ball of the thread so this will be a four-squares mat with maybe just enough for a thin border around it.

15 comments:

  1. Very pretty motif Jon. Yes, his diagrams can be hard to read as it's true that the numbering is all over the place. What's the thread colour? It reminds me of neapolitan ice cream. :-)

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    1. The thread is Lizbeth Springtime, colour code 115, if not mistaken (the label card has fallen off).

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  2. Your work is looking very nice love the top one I found the same problem with his book and I really don't like how the numbers are written they are so thick I have to work at figuring out. One more thing I like the regular way to make picots when he shows them side by side I like the normal one better! I do love his style and patterns are artistic and that is the plus side of his book :)

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  3. A very pretty motif. I wonder if it's worth adapting your working habits to his? Might be easier to adapt the pattern! The squares are looking magnificent.

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    1. Jane - his patterns in his first book have the stitch counts for his and the 'regular' tatting. They always sit so nicely.

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  4. Even with just two squares, the pattern is already very interesting to look at. It will be great with four!

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  5. Beautiful Stawasz motif. I agree the diagrams are very hard to read (and small!!) but the designs are so beautiful that I find myself putting up with the bothersome diagrams. The square mat is coming along nicely.

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  6. I found his method easy but I agree some of the pictures have the numbers all over the place which is confusing.
    Lovely square motif must be quite large to take a whole ball, it will look very pretty in that colour way
    Margaret

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  7. I do not have any of Jan's books, but in looking over his website a year or so ago when his method of tatting was shown, it looked to me like he was tatting on the backside as that is why the picots are between the halves. Unless I missed his method altogether.

    I like the motif and the square.

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    1. It is like the FS/BS tatting but not quite. For this motif, I noticed it is a kind of mix of both. For example, the joining picots are done regularly, even if it is on the back side of the tatting.

      This is the first of Jan's patterns that I have tried so I cannot be sure of his overall style. It is all confusing to me at this time. Hopefully if will be much clearer after I have tatted a few more.

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  8. Your motif is beautiful!!! :) My niece loves it too!!
    Very great mat so far!! :)

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  9. Your tatting looks immaculate as always! I need to try out Jan Stawasz's motifs, too. :-)

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  10. I find it very difficult to follow Jan's patterns, but I do love his designs! You've done a wonderful job with this motif!

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  11. Jon what did you think of the outcome using his method? Any real benefit you can see?

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