Here’s my last pre-challenge piece. It’s “Snowdrift” from Tatting in Lace, in that familiar white-yellow-green variegated. (Are you tired of it yet?) This is an all-rings piece. One of the reasons I love Mary Konior is what she can do by varying the size of rings to create curvatures. She’s a master at controlling that — allowing the piece to take a natural shape simply by not feeling constrained to a ring size or a set of standard ring sizes. (You see a lot of designs where there are two standard ring sizes, and the piece is shaped primarily by which picot gets attached or by the size of the chains in between. It never occurred to me before looking at these patterns that the shape of the piece could be changed by subtle variations to the size of elements alone.)
And now … drum roll please … Motif #1 in my 25 Motif Challenge! Finally, another color for you to look at (although get ready, you’ll see a lot of black in the weeks to come — my big Tatsy shuttle is full of it!). This is “Whirligig” from A Pattern Book of Tatting. The black is DMC Cordonnet no. 10 — this is nice and chunky. I did it quick (for me) — two nights, or about 90 minutes all told. There is a mistake in it — I joined the second chain to the wrong picot of the first one, and so the last chain got joined to the same picot instead of the one next to it. It’s about three inches in diameter. I really like the effect of the parallel curved or waved chains coming off the center. Another effect Konior is very good at achieving is a kind of rolling edge, with chain elements extending out to the edge and then sharing space on the edge with ring elements, all in one round.
I’m on my way. Motif #2 (in black, naturally) is on the shuttle and might get finished tonight, if I don’t pass out early after getting up at 4 this morning.