Instructions for Tatting:
1. Read the instructions a dozen times
2. If a diagram is available review with the instructions a dozen times
3. While tatting, keep an eye on the picture of the design. In other words, one eye on your tatting and one eye on the picture. :)
In my prior post I tatted a small sample of an onion ring, and then proceeded to try a new pattern. I know, what was I thinking.... right?
Here is the start of my onion ring and leaves. You notice the last onion ring isn't connected to the last clover leaf. BECAUSE THE PATTERN DOESN'T TELL ME TOO. But if I had been paying attention this wouldn't have happened. (Oop's I forgot I laid it out so nice when I took the picture it looks like they are connected)
It isn't that the pattern is wrong, it just doesn't remind you to connect them together. Remember I am a beginner tatter. This pattern is courtsey of Be-Stitched.com and I want to thank them for their wonderful patterns.
Anyway I used #8 purple variegated and green #30 crochet thread.
Once I get to the second onion ring I need to remember to join in the third step.
R: 10ds p 2ds j to first p..... I made a note for it to read R: 10ds join to last picot of clover leaf 2 ds j .......
Since I am looking for small motif type patterns I found some lovely patterns at thisntat.com but they only have diagrams. Being a newbie tatter I can't quite figure them out. So I will have to study their lesson plan.
I am wondering though how you know when to RW. That brings up another question. When a pattern mentions "turn" is it always the same as "reverse work"? I think on LadyShuttleMaker's blog she mentions "turn" as turning a page in a book (which is rw in needle tatting). This onion ring pattern says "turn". Any thoughts would be appreciated.