As most may know, I like to design my own tatting patterns. You may see these patterns under the respective tabs in this blog. Sometimes I write the patterns in full and publish them together with charts, sometimes they are only in chart form. Personally, I prefer charts to fully written pattern as I am more of a visual person and can grasp things quicker when I see a chart or a diagram or a tabulation in the discussion.
I have just finished a major tatting project and have some time at hand, at least before I am tempted to pick up the Monster doily again after putting it away for the recently completed project.
I draw my tatting chart/diagram using the computer software Serif Draw+ X5. There is a later version but I don't really feel the need to change this to the newer version.
Anyway, this software has a 'brush' feature where you can draw lines or outline of shapes in different style/pattern. Here is sample of embroidery stitches available with the software,
But, there is none for the doublestitches in tatting! So, I experimented with creating my own brush and this is what I managed to do.
This is how it looks as a flower. This flower is drawn using the quick shape feature of the software.
Obviously, there are still lots of tweaking to do. In fact, I am not totally sure if this will come handy for my charts because of the different stitch counts in the different elements of the pattern.
Still, I find this kind of interesting considering that I am not a trained designer and learn as I go on how to use this software.
Oh, you are waiting to see a photo of the major tatting project!
That will be a later post, sorry .......