Monday, June 11, 2012

Tweaking Techniques

I finished this:

                                                                       #23/100
It was very astutely identified by Isdihara is a previous post 
and is from The Tatter’s Treasure Chest.


I practiced stitches this weekend, referring often and with better attention than previously to these books by Judi Banashek.

I have had them for a number of years, but just could not seem to get her instructions to resonate in my mind. Now, however, I am finding her explanations excellent and much easier to comprehend.  

Tatting does take TIME and patience if one is to improve.  The process really does develop at its own rate, no matter what you do.

Suddenly and out of nowhere, I saw that I have always been joining picots in a very twisty and inconsistent way, which is useless for me to explain.  Now I am pleased to say that after four years, I  see how that Lark’s Head knot is formed and why it works in tatting so well.  Good, Fox! (Pathetic!)

This is what I was up to four hours, happily using up some extra threads...


To refresh my memory of the SSSR, which always eludes me, I consulted Frivole’s excellent video here, all the while ignored by Monsieur, who had his own business to attend to.

19 comments:

  1. No, No, NOT pathetic at all! We all progress in this manner...that is to say, at our own rate.

    True story -- for 30 years I tatted blissfuly along, never realizing that when we reverse work, the turning direction is either up or down. (I was doing it...just couldn't explain it properly.) It wasn't until after I heard Sw4nkyL4c3r explain to her needle tatting students that the works turns from left to right, "Like turning a page in a book," that I had my AHA! moment. Thirty YEARS.....*sigh*

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  2. P.S. Your "Proud Beauty" motif is so lovely! Why did I have to start so many projects? Now I am feeling stress because they are all whispering "work on me."

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    1. WHAT???? Turning work is left to right ??? and not upside down... Oh NOOOOO!!!!!!!! “: ))


      Thanks for the comments and the story, Isdihara. I am going to hide in a cupboard. Fox

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  3. it is indeed very nice your motif..i love the colours..

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  4. Hi Fox,

    Beautiful, glad you got the left and right reverse work bit, I think it's motif is one of your best, it's a lovely pattern, well done

    Please tell Gian that we did not see any mice on Crete they have plenty of cats do perhaps they keep them at bay. Vernon says he would use mustard.

    Have a nice day
    Margaret

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  5. Ps I do like your new heading, lovely colours and piece of tatting
    Margaret

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  6. Interesting....that it was a person teaching needle tatting that helped Isdihara....hmmmmmm. Makes you think doesn`t it!!! ;))))
    Love the motif!! Must have a look for it in my book!!
    Bye NN and Fox

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    1. Oh Kelly, SOME people make up lots of curious and esoteric stories about a very simple coincidence... NN is NOT amused!
      Fox ; ))

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  7. hello Fox,

    oh I love your little doily.The colors are beautiful.
    I love pink.

    very dear greet Ela

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  8. I love the colors you've used! Your persistence certainly has paid off well!

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  9. "Tatting does take TIME and patience if one is to improve" : it is quite fair and we too often forget, because we're always eager to finish!

    "all the while ignored by Monsieur, who had his own business to attend to" : but he also works: it hunts its prey! lol

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    1. ancolie,
      That is the problem, isn’t it - the rush to see the completed piece, so that all the good intentions to have more neatness is thrown out the window!

      Gian calls it, “stalking splendour.” : ))
      Fox

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  10. I have only been tatting slightly over 10 years. I still have many techniques to learn, let alone to practice or tweak. But there are so many things that I can tat with just the basic techniques, maybe add in some split rings and chains, I have not gotten to the point where I urgently need to learn any new ones.

    hmm ... (thinking out loud) what does that say about me?

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    1. Hey, Jon,
      Reading this has made my shoulders drop down about seven inches! I get panicked that I do not know (or remember) enough tatting tricks, and you are so right! I do not need all those complicated moves to enjoy a really pretty pattern! Usually the SR or SC will be all that is really necessary. But I do love the d-r-a-m-a-! Thanks for the comment!
      Fox

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  11. is really beautiful all you do, a warm greeting from my workshops fox

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