Friday, October 24, 2008
Beads on 2nd half of split ring
I am working on a design that will have beads on the 2nd half of a split ring. The beads for that need to be on the 2nd shuttle. Since the double stitches on the 2nd part of a split ring are not flipped, the beads are added differently than in a normal ring. The beads are kept on the shuttle until needed, then slid into place.
Because I tat a split ring by taking it off my hand, turning the working loop over, and replacing it on my hand to tat as usual, the unflipped double stitches appear "back side up". (Another way to tat the split ring is the "dead spider" method, but I am not so familiar with that technique.)
Anyway, with either working method, the unflipped stitches are worked 2nd half, then 1st half - which can get confusing! If I get lost, I have found that if it "looks" like I should do a 2nd half, that's the one needed - though it is really the "1st half" here! (Confused enough, yet?) Sometimes it helps to look at the other side, to see if the stitches look consistent.
So this is the "back side" of the completed split ring in the tatting so far. But, if I were a perfectionist, I would do something about the other ring - which has its "back side" the other way - oops! Well, people who have tatted my patterns know that I tend to take a casual attitude about "back side, front side" anyway - sometimes!