Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ready to wing it

After last night's problems with picots and split rings, I was hesitant to give it another try. Who needs the frustration of tight knots that are difficult to open? I guess I do!

I watched several videos on tatting split rings, but none of them showed adding picots. I'm hoping to learn from some of my buddies at Tollway Tatters this Friday, and I look forward to watching a video from Frivole. In the meantime, I needed to attack the problem on my own.

I thought that I might have lost my touch with split rings, but I managed to complete 7 with no problems. Then I tried to add a picot to each side, and... lock! I was not in the mood to retro-tat, so I snipped the thread and started over.

After taking a break for dinner, I gave it another try... 5 split rings and... look! I managed to add picots to each side! The first one was very tough to close, but the other three went pretty smoothly. My only problem is that I can't seem to use my picot gauge on the second side of the split ring, and I'm not very good at making consistent picots without my gauges.

I think I'll do a few more practice pieces, and then I'll be ready to add wings to Aidan's Flying Minor Norwegian Dragon!


  1. Huzzah and hurray! I really will be around tomorrow for Skype if you want too!

  2. I can't believe you can tat at all after all that excitement recently!
    I would have been exhausted! Did you mention the cast party? That would have been too much for me!

    I'm sure you'll master the picots soon! Your split rings with picots look fine so far!

  3. You did it! You did not give up!
    Try some knitting for a change. ;)

  4. Really nice work, you always do such a beautiful job It's hard to believe you ever could have any problem. I think maybe, I should display my pile of mistakes It may give hope to others :)

  5. Your split rings are looking wonderful to me!! And it looks like you are getting those picots added!! :)

  6. Great you did it! They look good. I think I'll wait for Frivole's video before I give it a try.

  7. Congratulations on your success!
    I rarely use picot gauges so I hadn't realized some of your problems. Those picots are looking good to me!


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