Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vintage edging inspired bracelet


 New bracelet which I developed from a vintage edging pattern. In this I've used size 20 Lizbeth thread in the color "Fudge Dark", size 11/0 seed beads in dark bronze, and size 4mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls in bright gold.


The pattern has an unusual placement of a picot that I've not seen before in a vintage pattern (the pattern was found in an old Lily Mills Crochet and Tatted Edgings book). The only way that I can explain it is to show you what I did.

 The tatting proceeded normally (well, normal for me, anyway :) until the point in the chain where it was supposed to lock join to a ring. But, the ring didn't exist yet! So, a picot needed to be placed there in such a way that the join would be locked, and the picot sticking out from the lower side of the chain. I don't think this is the same thing as a "drop picot" or "inverted picot" according to what I could find on the subject in a quick Internet search. So, not exactly sure of what to do, I opted to make the first half a a double stitch unflipped, followed closely by the second half of a double stitch unflipped, with a picot formed between them.
 Then, I resumed normal tatting. The chain had the desired break in the curve to follow the design, with a picot waiting for the yet to be tatted joining ring.
 When the ring was joined to that picot, the design had the desired mirror-image effect.

16 comments:

God's Kid said...

That is a stunning bracelet!! :)

Fox said...

Nicely finessed, Marilee!
Fox : )

Pat Greninger said...

Very lovely design. Well done!

Ladytats said...

very smart way to accomplish what you needed. The bracelet looks great. Very elegant in those colors

teresa said...

Stunning bracelet. The color is fantastic for the style

Corina said...

Very pretty!

Orsi said...

It looks amazing!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Beautiful! I'm not sure I'd have figured that picot out. Thanks for sharing your technique!

Kristina said...

That is just beautiful. I wish I have more time to do tatting.

Mónica said...

Uf...se ve dificil...eres muy habil

jesslin said...

I like your picot solution. When I get those, I just leave a miniscule picot (just so I can locate the spot later) and then do a regular join with the ring to that spot when I get there. I have a hooked shuttle or a crochet hook, however, so I can get that hook in that miniscule space to fish around for the chain thread. I don't think it would work as well with a pick shuttle, which needs a bit more maneuvering room to get the joining thread through. Just a difference in tools and techniques :)

Anita - AnniesGranny said...

Very beautiful indeed! Love the choice of color for the beads, they go very well with the color of the thread!

Trouble said...

Beautiful!!!!

Luv Jane XX

Michelle said...

You've done a lovely job modifying the edgiing, your picot solutionis ingenious.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Wonderful photos and explanation. I don't think I could have figured it out! These older patterns sometimes left details out, or possibly 'assumed' the tatters were advanced. We're lucky to have so many experts such as yourself who generously share these 'secrets.'

Isdihara said...

Glamorous! Excellent work sleuthing out a solution and thank for sharing!