Sure, it was lots of fun to make all those 1915 Priscilla motifs. And in size 20, they make nice big pieces. But I must have been out of my mind to decide to sew them onto a quilt square. I've been at it ever so long. I kept hearing Carl Sagan's voice saying, "billions and billions of picots." All done now, thank goodness.
Just the other day, Frivole shared the link to Robin Perfetti's Woodland Medallion. I really like square motifs and I instantly fell in love with the graceful curves. I really needed a break from what I had been working on, and I just happened to have this finding on my desk....
Recently, there have been discussions in the Facebook Tatting Group asking how to join long picots to each other . I remembered I had done this years ago with the bookmark pictured above.
I used Ball Thread Joins to attach to picots tip to tip so they wouldn't overlap. Pretty cool, huh? In fact, I did this so long ago, that I thought I had invented the ball thread join, silly me.
I thought I had given this pattern to Georgia for the Online Class at the time, but maybe I never got around to it since I can't find it in the old lesson index.
I've added the pattern to the Free Pattern Page of this blog, see the link at the top of the page. (Note to self, the new website is way behind schedule, get back to work.)
The butterflies are based on a pattern from Butterick's Tatting and Netting from 1896. Free downloads are available from Georgia's Archive of Tatting Books in the Public Domain (scroll down about halfway), and from the Antique Pattern Library's Tatting list (scroll almost to the bottom of the page). I think it was also reprinted by Lacis under a different title, but I can't verify that right now.
Update: I originally did not have the pattern file properly set to share publicly, sorry. It should work now.
This is another of the variations of Karey's Heart from the current issue of Tatting Times that I talked about last time. This is the asymmetric version. That long coiled floating chain was a bit challenging. I used a few Catherine Wheel Joins to hold it together. I've been practicing those lately since I've been writing a pattern that uses them.
Have you noticed that all the tutorials for the CWJ show how to work it from the front side? I need to work it from the back side on my pattern and adjust it so it blends in with the front side appearance. That should be easy enough, right? Just pull the first loop to the back instead of the front? Sometimes it worked, and sometimes I had a twisty mess with no idea why. Finally I decided that I got better results if I was careful to pull only on the thread coming from the previous stitch, instead of on both threads in front when I pulled to pop the loop to the other side.
I was using Frivole's delightful Happy Heart pattern to practice and try different strategies for making the join from the back side. The turquoise example has mostly good joins, but only because I picked so many of them out and re-did them. By the end of that one, I had decided how to do them. On the peach one, the CWJs were easier, and looked better, but I was concentrating so much on the joins that I didn't watch the tension on the chains, so it's all lopsided. On the screen, it looks better than it does in real life, for a change. Anyway, I love the little pattern, and I'll be trying it again.