Motif #4

Spinning Wheel motifAnd fast on the heels of motif #3 comes this effort, which looks a lot more like a motif than said motif #3 (which looks like what it is — 1/8 of a finished piece).

This is “Spinning Wheel” from (where else) A Pattern Book of Tatting. I promise I’ll get to some of the other Konior books soon. It’s such an embarassment of riches, though, that I just keep turning the page and wanting to make the next one.

DMC Cebelia #10, in bright red. I think this is what they bill as “Christmas Red”, though to my eyes it seems a little bright for that. (Although now that I’ve scanned it on this green background, doesn’t it look like a poinsettia?) I like this way this one blocked; it was pretty crumpled when I finished it (thanks once again to a TiVo orgy — oh, that season finale of The Office! oh, that first episode of the controversial ethnically-divided Survivor!). But upon pinning out the middle, I could immediately see those straight chains that were going to make the geometry work. I never really believe in straight chains while tatting, because I can’t bring myself to leave them loose — I pull them up nice and snug for that tight curve, and then when I join them to each other, it’s hard to envision that blocking can straighten them out. But it does. Yay blocking!

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5 Comments on “Motif #4”

  1. Jon Says:

    I like the spinning wheel, and the red color too.

  2. Jenn Says:

    I LOVE the red. It’s lovely–a great pattern, for sure.

  3. Ee Kon Says:

    I love that red …. it’s so vibrant, and especially against the pretty green background too. Your tatting is beautiful!

  4. Rosie D Says:

    Was wondering how to do straight chains. I will try your method. Thank you for your blog!


  5. Really nice site you have here. I’ve been reading for a while but this post made me want to say 2 thumbs up. Keep up the great work


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