Friday, December 5, 2014

Tip For Troupers

For any of you Tatters out there in Tat-Land who are tackling The Monster, I have a suggestion for the 9-picot reverse rings in the final row.

The first few of these rings I tatted did not lie flat, and they closed with a bit of a rollover effect.

So, I tatted 2 ds at the beginning and at the end and then POSTED the shuttle. It worked well. It is obvious to me in the photo. Perhaps you can also see the difference. I am pleased to have discovered this fix early.


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    1. There are a lot of discussions online about this... Check out InTatters threads, or Craftree, if it is now gone from InTatters.

      Posting is where you drop the shuttle that you tatted the ring with down through the ring before you close it. This can in some circumstances make things neater....

    2. Oh yes I did here and read about that and totally forgot, thank you for reminding me, I will try that.

  2. Yes, I can see the difference - good tip. I did read somewhere, I think it may have been on Frivole's blog, that when you tat a really tiny ring, it is easier to close if you tat one extra second-half stitch at the beginning and the end of the ring. That works too, and I have used that hint in several of my hanky edgings with good effect. The extra half-stitches barely affect the size of the ring.

  3. Oh, Look at you go!!!! I'm not quite there yet :)
    Good you caught it early! Yes, It does make things a lot neater.
    I always tat the extra 1/2 stitch and post the shuttle when ever backside tatting! You have to get that thread back to the front of the work to make it come out right!

  4. I *can* see the difference, and it's a brilliant 'fix' for the problem! :-)

  5. Looks good, must remember your tip if and when I tat the mat.

  6. Ahhh Fox...that is why I waited so long to start.. So you could work out the bugs!!
    Looks lovely. Bet you will be glad top get it finished.

    1. Grrrrr.. Keep making stupid mistakes. Am so over this piece! ; )

  7. Fox, Such a big piece I may never get mine done. And the thread I am using is not the best. Feeling your pain.

  8. Hang in there, Bernice! It is definitely doable, though I am grinding my teeth trying to get through this LAST row! My thread is not so great either. I'm rooting for you! : )