I first encountered "cluny" or "petal" in Aunt Ellen's "Tatting Handbook" A Treasury of Techniques and Projects (a Workbasket publication.) Many were the times that I would wrap my hand for the loom, stick my tongue in the left side of my cheek and give it a try. Personally I called it "death grip tatting". Eventually I was able to manage it but my first attempt at a real motif using cluny tatting was less than perfect.
This type of cluny is used in the place of a chain or a split ring, in order to progress from point A to point B.
However, this new pattern by Dagmar Pezzuto (see also http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art5040.asp Cluny Butterfly) uses the "hanging" cluny. The Hanging Cluny (HCL) progresses from point A to point B but does not continue. It returns to point A. It can, however, join to another tatted element such as a picot.
R = ring
CL = cluny
CH = chain
SR = split ring
HCL = hanging cluny
- = picot
ZZ = zig zag
Clr = close
small circle = seed beads
medium circle = beads nº 4
large circle = beads nº 8
Load seed beads on the chain thread.
Load the seed beads for the cluny leaf on shuttle one.
R1 = 5ds – 5ds ( + the bead ) – 5ds clr
R2 = 5ds + R1 5ds (3 seed beads)5ds – 5ds. clr
HCL 1 = (20 Passes) with 3 seed beads in passes 5, 10, 15 .
Leave a picot.
Put the bead nº 8 (large bead) in picot and secure with clip, safety pin, or paper clip.
SR 3 = 5ds + R2 5ds + bead / 5ds – 5ds.
Repeat 6 x.
In the last hanging cluny join to the central bead. Cut and Tie.
CHAIN ( 2x)
R = 1ds (seed bead) 1ds(seed bead) 1ds(seed bead) 1ds + ( between SR3 / SR4) 1ds(seed bead) 1ds(seed bead) 1ds(seed bead) 1ds. Clr
ZZ = 1ds(seed bead) 1ds(seed bead) 1ds(seed bead) 1ds. (4x)
CH = 5ds 5ds 5ds.
Make the desired length.
Attach to the clasp.
For an alternative method to work this necklace center with regular cluny leaves instead of the hanging cluny leaves, please email me at http://www.bellaonline.com/about/tatting