Fourth Round Continued.

February 6, 2012 9:12 am

This weekend I only made a little bit of progress on the tea cloth as I spent most of my time working on an UFO from a while back. Finished it too, which is always nice.   I’ll probably write about that tomorrow.  I did try these circles of the 4th round with chains of 4ds instead of the 5 on the pattern and I think they worked much better.  The difference in the chains is probably due to the different way I did the center circles.  Hopefully that changes doesn’t propagate TOO far throughout the rest of the piece, but I imagine I’ll have to make changes throughout the whole thing anyway so maybe it doesn’t actually matter much.  It’s fun to watch this piece take shape.  I think that now it sort of looks like an alien creature, but that might have been because I was listening to “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs as an audio book while making it.

You can’t tell in this picture, but when I made the third circle I actually forgot to join it to the piece so I tied it on afterwards.  As the piece takes shape I’d sort of been questioning my decision to make a “throw away” version first out of old crappy thread with unhidden ends and leaving in the pieces where there’s a mistake, but I’m still glad I’m doing it.  I’ve started my first “real” version in nice thread, but haven’t gotten very far yet, partly because I keep changing my mind about the colors.  If my “test” version and my “real” version were the same I’d never make any progress.

So my question now is what to do with this “throw away” version when I’ve finished my first “real” one.  I’ll probably continue on with this test one throughout the entire piece so when I’m done I’m going to have a HUGE piece of “throw away” tatting.  So do I actually throw it away?

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