I started this motif by Iris Niebach a few weeks ago
and gave up without a whimper.
I just could not figure it out.
A few days ago I felt in the mood to try it again and GUESS WHAT? I understood all the directional changes and the whole thing made sense to me - which did NOT mean that I did not have to un-tat many times, but I have the idea now and can do another without any grief in understanding the pattern.
There are only 5 repeats in the completed motif, as I thought I was running out of thread; I was so excited by my success that I wanted to have a completed motif, so I finished, eliminating the sixth repeat. It turns out that I probably would have had enough for the six, but this is fine for the first - or rather, second - attempt at this complex pattern.
It will look so much better when tatted with the balancing of six repeats.
The thread is from Connie and is Karey Solomon’s #20.
The design is Jane E’s Twirly; I really like this pattern. Very relaxing to tat.