Tatted edging Phase 1


Well, my adventure into designing that began with the Barbara Foster’s reprint of several older books now known as “Tatting: A Potpourri of Patterns” began in the frustration of having to wade through a pattern written in language now more than a century old.  Sometimes those patterns are easier to read, and sometimes they are not.  In either case, my personal efforts to work out the perle tatted edging and add the stitching either as described in the pattern or as perceived from the photograph of the finished product ended in a jumbled knot now deep in the waste basket.  There appears to be tatted additions what attached to either side of the perle tatted length and to be honest, that one pattern will be set aside to be worked on another time. 


So the next step was to carefully examine the neckline and chart out a strategy for creating the edging.  There’s exactly 12 inches of hem-stitching from each shoulder to the outward bend that begins the “V” at the center of the blouse.  That next length is 4 inches, followed by an inward bend that takes the edging another 3 inches before rounding inward again and continuing 4 inches to the corresponding outward curve before stretching the 12 inches more to the opposite shoulder.  Rather than use the perle tatted motif, I thought I’d try for trefoils.  I drew out the diagragm to look like this: 




Now that a diagram exists to guide the creation, I’m ready to go with a prototype of the edging I want to decorate the blouse with.  Selecting a color that not only will stand out from the blouse is a great way to make sure everything fits.  My chosen thread will be a size 40, but I’m beginning with a size 20 because it is larger and I think I’ll be able to see the stitch count better when it comes to writing the pattern down. 


It’s not certain whether the first row holds the third leaf or if that was to be part of the second round .  The only way was to try.






Adding the extra ring created a curve that was NOT what I had hoped for.  By the time the second additional ring was made, there could be no doubt that an error had been made.  Back to the drawing board!

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