Thursday, February 17, 2011

Beauty in February

My amaryllis that Erin gave me as a bulb, growing medium, and pot is blooming.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I'm not sure these pics capture it's true beauty.

I checked out a book from the library that's called Tatting with Visual Patterns.
I love this hankie.

It's called Maids of Honour.  I've never seen visual patterns before--it looks easier to follow than the written instructions.

Using No. 60 Crochet it measures 1 inch in width.  You work the outer row first, starting with A.  The second row is worked in the opposide direction. 

The fabric is hemmed with double crochet, by  rolling a narrow double hem, pulling a thread from the fabric at the base of this hem.  Working from the same side (which is the back of the fabric), work double crochet over the rolled hem, inserting the hook where the thread was removed.
For a curved edge, you mark the curve with a pencil, and run a tacking thread along the mark as a stay, in order to prevent stretching.  Fold the fabric back along the tacking line and work double crochet from the front, inserting the hook through both layers.  Cut away excess fabric at the back afterwards.

The crochet is worked first, then the tatting is overcast to the crochet afterwards, using a finer sewing thread.  (You can split the crochet thread into single strands.)  Or you can join it directly to the crochet while the tatting is being worked instead, if you like, with a normal tatted join.

 How cool is that?

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