...in my own head!
Front and Back side of motifs
using ONLY F/S tatting
Using F/S - B/S, this is the Front
of the same motifs
So, here you have it. A direct comparison, though some are photos and others scans, which does confuse the issue a bit. Honestly, I think my tatting is more even and consistent with this f/s only method, which could prove to be addictive... Frivole, you might just be on to something here! : ))
I would have compared them to each other without photos, in the flesh, so to speak, but I have already sent the first two abroad! So I have to resort to this method.
Afterthought, due to CrazyMom’s comment:
I am curious... why does f/s seem to have a bad rap? Is it more tatfully-correct these days to be tatting f/s-b/s? Is it a phase? Do folks think it is better? More modern? Is it really more aesthetically pleasing? Who says? What do you think?
I am going to try a Jan Stawasz piece tatting only f/s, and see what happens.( IF I can see all the tiny little numbers. His diagrams are so difficult to read...) I have the pattern printed out and am nervous to begin as I always have trouble with deciding which numbers to use.
Suzanne, if you are out there somewhere in Tat-Land reading this, I have thought of our discussions about this. Wondering what you would say or if you are tatting at all anymore. After all, it was you who introduced me to f/s/-b/s tatting in the first place; seems so long ago.
While tatting the border - which is definitely not brown at all, by the way, but golds and a light beige. The colour is called Ancient Gold, and it lives up to its moniker, and I think ‘burnished’ when I look at it - I am so glad I am tatting straight front side as I would have quit by now if I had done it my regular old way. Seems much easier and you cannot even see the stitches from more than a few inches from the work!
The third corner is fast approaching - I seem to have taken no time at all getting there! Wow! Size 100, someone said it was and it really is very, very fine. Never would I have believed I would be able to use a thread like this.
The two motifs above were done as a little rest, as my eyes do take a beating if I tat for too long with Valdani. My hat’s off to you tatters who use this stuff all the time.
Even as I wrote that last sentence, I was thinking that I am glad ai have no more #20, as it does not appeal to me anymore. But, tatting with this is limited. I think I will be happy for a long while using my stash of mainly #40, with a small amount of 50, 60 and 80.
Oh, yes... As to mistakes - there are a number and I have had to break the thread a few times to correct somthing. I have totally abandoned perfection-stiving because it is laughable to even think about not making a mistake. I will be happy to just be able to complete the border and have it looking half-way decent on the hankie.
There is a point in tatting something like this that I notice a point where I sort of give up the intensity and my tatting gets sloppier as I begin to tat for quantity rather than quality. I suspect this tendency is something I grapple with in life as well as with tatting. Might be linked to impatience and to an inability to not get bored easily... I am not going to dwell on that... too boring!
Whatever shall I do with this hankie anyway???
p.s. Snowy, I am happy to report that I DO sew in the ends! Yes, my needle goes through, as I am trying (your advice) not to be to tight with the stitches, so as a result, I can get that needle through. : ))