Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mathematically improved tatted atom

The deep pink atom hasn't even been blocked yet, but see how nicely it shapes up already? I think this is a major improvement over my earlier attempt, which needed severe blocking with pins and fabric stiffener to force it into shape.

What I did differently was use some "node stitch", which is elaborated on (in terms that definitely read like rocket science!) in a book by Elgiva Nicholls, Tatting Techniques, published in 1976. Actually, node stitch is very simple - 2 first halves of a double stitch, followed by 2 second halves. Victorian sets are made the same way, but usually with more halves per set - for example, 4 first halves followed by 4 second halves, and so on.

I have the "mathematical formula" worked out for this, but so far it's just scribbled on scrap paper. I do intend to include the complete instructions in my next book.

15 comments:

Vinnie said...

Dfinitely a very "physically" correct atom, Beautiful!!

Gina said...

I love this design, the beads, the placement of the small rings - fabulous! Excellent revision!

MadScientistK said...

I love it!

Walden said...

Very nifty!

Sarah said...

I love your atom! This might be nice to have on hand if you're ever trying to think up a gift for a rocket scientist. :P

Fox said...

Beautiful! I love it!
Fox : )

wickedtats said...

if this is going to be in ur next book, sign me up for a copy! I love it!

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

Oh, too cool! Now I have the theme song from 'The Jetsons' stuck in my head!

yarnplayer said...

Thank you all so much for the encouragement - it means a lot.

Jetsons? I just wish I had "Rosie the robot" to help out with cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc. - LOL!

Isdihara said...

This revised atom is a marvel of scientific precision and aesthetic beauty. Bellissima!

Barbara Gordon said...

I'm a wee bit late on reading this, but when is the next book coming out???

yarnplayer said...

I should have more time to work on the book during the summer. I'm shooting for getting it done by fall - but no promises! Life happens, you know how that is. It should be worth the wait, though.

Carla said...

Beautiful!!

Sulu said...

I just love that design. :D

jenilin said...

goodness i love it i cant wait til the book comes out i must have this pattern!!!!