Third Panel Finished!

July 26, 2011 8:38 am

And we’re back!  Just finished up another pledge drive at work which has kept me super busy for the last two months.  (Taking classes for my masters at the same time hasn’t helped much.) Glad to be back on a more “normal” work schedule and (as a added bonus for my tatting deprived little fingers) I happen to have August and September off from classes so hopefully either lots more time more tatting and working on the Priscilla Project or lots more time for getting caught up with the rest of my life.  Hopefully both, but we’ll see.

For this first post back, I wanted to celebrate the fact that I just finished the 3rd (and last) panel for my shawl.  Don’t they look pretty?  The colors are a little off because of the red tablecloth, but you get the idea.

The next steps are to tat edgings that will attach the pieces together and then to create a a border around the whole things. Both these parts will be done in white so I’m done with the color work for the piece.  I’m hoping that a white connecting piece and a white border around the whole thing will pull it all together and create an even stronger stain glass effect.  Both the connecting piece and the border will be done with one of the edging variations (or maybe two different ones) for the motif that the whole thing is based on, but I haven’t figured out yet how do the corners on the border or how to do the parts of the border at the point that it meets the ends of the connectors on the edge.  So for the moment I’m setting aside these three panels and will be playing around with a couple samples.

Actually, now that I write that it occurs to me that maybe I can figure it out on the computer.  See, I’ll be using all sorts of variations on the motif that I wrote up my Variations on a Theme booklet about so I have all the pieces of the motif saved in my graphics program and maybe I can figure out something that works there.  Would certainly be faster than thread and shuttles.  Because the edgings are made with the same stitch count as the motifs I know they will match together easily.  I’ve never tried to turn corners before with this pattern so that’s going to be the tricky part.

Been working on a couple other things from the Priscilla books too, so I’ll try to write about those soon as well.

7 Responses to “Third Panel Finished!”

Fox wrote a comment on July 26, 2011

This is amazing! Wonderful tatting!
Nice to ‘see’ you again,
Fox : )

Karen wrote a comment on July 26, 2011

Welcome back. Your shawl is looking good. Karen in OR

Gina wrote a comment on July 26, 2011

This will be beautiful when it’s complete. I’m anxious to see how you tie it all together. I had to enlarge it to see the color in it. Lovely work!

kathy niklewicz wrote a comment on July 26, 2011

I am completely bedazzled by this! Even enlarging the photo, I had a hard time figuring out what the basic motif is and how these all connect together. This is an amazing optical illusion, and I don’t know how you kept track of all the connections! It looks like just rings and chains, but I couldn’t figure out how you did the triangle shapes! This will be a spectacular shawl!

MegWesley wrote a comment on July 27, 2011

Wow, a tatted shawl. That will look beautiful when it is done. It is goregous now. I never thought about tatting a shawl before. It will be brilliant!

admin wrote a comment on July 29, 2011

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

Kathy, this pattern is a fantastic optical illusion. The coolest thing about it is that each of this panels was tatted all in one go! I had too keep adding more shuttle thread, but worked off a single ball of white. (Well, for the larger panel I did have to add more ball thread, too.) The pattern builds on itself in triangles so you just end up making larger and larger triangles and the square is really two triangles together.

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