13 October 2012

Update of starting page

On Thursday I spent the whole day updating this page.  I wasn't happy with some of the pictures (done years ago on the PC) so decided to re-draw them and look at all the techniques again.  It kept me quiet and away from the dreaded housework!!!!

This was brought on by Phyllis who I watched starting a ring and chain at Tat Days in one of my classes - which all goes to prove yet again that teachers probably learn as much as their pupils (well I do) at Tat Days.

I asked her to show me how she was doing this and I thought this was a really exciting new idea (well, new to me but probably not for the rest of Tat Land!!!).  Phyllis did say where she'd got the idea from but I really can't remember and anyway techniques are aren't copyrightable.  Only the drawings and words I use in the technique section are and who'd want to copy those, I ask myself - and you too???!!!!!

I've added Phyllis's idea to the page too - it's the second method of starting a ring followed by a chain.  A thought did occur to me - if anybody ever wants to use parts of this page as a teaching aid (ie probably just one section) then please email me and I'll 'chop it up' and send as a word document.

Just to add a bit of 'cheer and colour' to this page I'll add the pictures here too - that should tempt you to take a peek at the destructions (whoooops, I mean instructions)!!!!


9 comments:

  1. I have done that, can't remember where I found the instructions, but I found that it created a rather obvious colour blip. Or was I doing something wrong?

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  2. I haven't noticed one, Jane, but I'll look more closely next time. I'm afraid those 'blips' don't worry me - I tend to consider them 'part of the design' - heee, heeeee.

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  3. I think I have seen it before, but it looks interesting and something to try, I really don't worry about blips too much when using variegated thread as it can't always be helped. I think I will try this idea and see how it works.
    Margaret

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  4. I haven´t seen that before, I´m so glad that you share it with us! And I love the bags you wrote about before!

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  5. I have never found a situation where a "blip" could not be avoided. Often, it requires tatting over tails or a lark's head join, but the "front" can always be blipless.

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  6. Isn't tatting wonderful! It doesn't matter where you are we all can learn new things and there is no wrong way to do most techniques. Thanks for sharing. I barely remember seeing that in on of my older than dirt tatting books way too many years ago. I didn't quite get it( need to see it) to make it work so I guess I have to save my money so I can visit you to learn :)

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  7. This is so cool! I've only tried it once, but I've got less of a color blip at the base of the ring than I usually get when using two colors of thread. I think this will make it easier to join to the base of that ring as well, compred to what I've been doing.

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  8. Glad to be of help to you all. Jane, your drawing is great and goes right along with the other way to start a ring with a chain.

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