Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tatting Tuesday - Are Dimpled Rings Supposed to Be This Difficult?

 In trying to get a jump on some items for St. Patrick's Day, I decided to try my hand at making some shamrocks.  I found this pattern for a key chain shamrock by Cristina Banyard.  The pattern has three dimpled rings forming the shamrock and it was my first experience in making dimpled rings.  I used a variegated green Omega rayon thread for the project and it may be the thread that made the experience a tough one.  The Omega thread often twists up, leading to snags when closing the ring. 



If you aren't familiar with a dimpled ring, let me explain it to you.  At some point in the ring, you make a small picot, add a few more doublestitches, then join to the small picot.  As you can see from the photos of my shamrock, the dimpled ring makes a great tiny heart shape because of that little join.  Unfortunately, the little crimp it puts in the shape of the ring makes it tough to pull the thread through to close the ring.

In less frustrating tatting news, I played around with tatting around those glass decor gems and came up with something I thought was pretty and not as obvious for St. Patrick's Day.  I really like how it turned out and plan to make some more (especially since I want to be able to keep one for myself). It took about the same amount of time as making the shamrock pictured above since I didn't have problems closing the rings on this one.


I ended up only making one and a half shamrocks instead of the many I had planned to.  I may try again using a cotton thread to see if it works better.  Fellow tatters - are dimpled rings always this hard to do?

2 mad comments:

Sewicked said...

They can be, yes. I know that there's an easier way to make them (there was an evening session at Palmetto Tat Days 2010 about it) but I still need to learn it.

Rachel said...

Very pretty. I have never tried tatting before, I'm not even certain I could have pointed out an example if asked. Thanks for sharing.

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