Friday, September 10, 2010

"Stirred In Space" variations

Here's a peak at what I feel are the more successful results of my latest designing experiments. On each of these, I added a bead to the center.

In the pink pair, the bead dangles from the black thread. I've also used seed beads on the core thread. The reason I put them on the core is because I wanted the curved line to stay relatively smooth in the design. If beads were dangled from picots, they'd stick out and make the line bumpy. Gravity would cause problems, too.

On the ecru pair, the bead dangles from the thread used in the main motif. I didn't unwind my shuttle to make the tatted ring on the other side of the bead. I just pulled the thread through and made a loop tatted ring.

The technique of making a loop tatted ring is described by Bina on her website.

Someday I may get around to posting in-progress photos of the various techniques I'm using in these experiments, but for now I'm still trying to achieve the results that I really want in this design. These 2 sets are sort of cute but the basic pattern still needs tweaking. I'll keep working - I'll know what I like when I see it!

16 comments:

Miranda said...

I thought they were OK before, but the beads and colors really make a huge difference. I love this version, especially the pink!

Imoshen said...

The pink pair are really eye catching. Wonderful work on both of them.

nami said...

These earings are really fantastic:)

tattrldy said...

I like these earrings! What a neat concept. The ones you posted Tuesday looked nice, but the added bead in the middle really appeals to me. The pink are pretty, but my favorite (so far) are the ecru pair. Very nice!

God's Kid said...

Those are so amazing! I love the classy look of them(and I am not an earring wearer, but...if I was I would want those beautiful pink ones!). :)

am I still me? said...

I thought the other ones were good, but now I can see that it was missing something. These look great! Love the added design elements. It completes it.

Ridgewoman said...

I really like this concept. I keep wondering what it would look like if the what is now pink with beads motif were reversed (turned upside down)…
my curiosity is always boundless. Those who can't do ~ just think. LOL
These are really lovely, but your work is lovely..Just wanted you to know that I really appreciate your talents in design and in HDT…
xx bj

yarnplayer said...

Thank you all for your input, it really helps with the creative process. Many possibilities, for sure!

Isdihara said...

What would it take to turn that pink region into a paisley? Just curious...

John'aLee said...

Absolutely amazing. I took my first tatting class this last year and loved it. I just haven't kept up with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

yarnplayer said...

Yes, the shape does look like a paisley. Paisleys are fun, but what I was originally shooting for is boomerang - I know I haven't got there yet, but I'll keep trying until I get my boomerang shape! :-)

The technique of CWJ (Catherine Wheel Join) allows for smooth curves not possible with other tatting joins. So, a lot of different shapes could be made.

singtatter said...

Love the shape of the earrings, the pink one also catch my attention especially!

ancolie said...

very nice work and Design! but a little difficult to do, no ?
ancolie

Tat-ie said...

So beautiful! I simply love them, esp the pink ones.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Catching up on your blog, and again I am speechless. You are constantly going 'where no tatter has gone before' - or certainly where I haven't gone before - or even imagined going! Beautiful designs, wonderful unique ideas! Not to mention your generosity in sharing these ideas with us through your excellent tutorials.

I'll be checking out the Belle Armoire magazine soon. I'm sure they love to receive items from you! Congratulations on your several appearances there!

I also found the sink episode amazing -rather dramatic! And then you were teaching tatting on the train! Train travel sounds kind of 'cool'.

Jennifer said...

I love these! I think they have an awesome retro 50's look.