Tatted Leaf Forms

Tatted Leaf Forms
Perhaps the most common type of tatted leaf pattern is the tatted cluny leaf aka petal or tallie and the cloverleaf. The cloverleaf may be tatted in any size and color for any season.

all rings mum by Georgia Seitz from a vintage German pattern

For this Chrysanthemum flower begin by tatting rings of 4 DS then a few of 5 DS and then gradually increase the size. Take the largest rings and begin stitching them down in a spiral fashion ending with the smallest rings on the inside. Add picots to the rings if desired. At either end or tucked in at random, tat simple cloverleaf motifs.

The tatted cluny petal or leaf may be placed any where that has a chain or added as a hanging leaf also.

Saundra Hameed's Cluny Motif from the files of the Online Tatting Class.

Saundra Hameed's CLUNY MOTIF begins with a self-closing mock ring (SCMR) and features floating rings thrown off from a chain. That shape may be altered to look like an autumn leaf also.

SCMR 5 (R 3 - 3 - 3 - 3, clr) 5 - 5 (R 3 - 3 - 3 - 3, clr) 5
**Make 2 cluny leaves with 10 wraps each.
SCMR 5 (R 3 - 3 +{to prev small ring} 3 - 3, clr) 5 - 5 (R 3 - 3 - 3 - 3, clr) 5
Repeat from ** three more times. There should be 4 sets of cluny leaves.
Make 2 cluny leaves with 10 wraps each.
SCMR 5 (R 3 - 3 +{to prev small ring} 3 - 3, clr) 5 - 5 (R 3 - 3 + {to first small ring made} 3 - 3, clr) 5
Make 2 cluny leaves with 10 wraps each.
Attach to base of first SCMR.
Cut and finish ends.

Block tatting also creates long leaves such as on spring flowers

block tatted leaf by the late Sieglind Grigat

Daffodil by Inger from the files of the Online Tatting Class.

Daffodil by Inger from the files of the Online Tatting Class.

So, tatted leaves may be just outlines, solid tatting, or an outline filled with tatted designs, too.

leaf form filled with tatting by Mark Myers using inverted tatting.

This wonderful example is a leaf form filled with tatting by Mark Myers using inverted tatting.

But my favorite tatted leaf by far is the "Scharf" leaf. Ruth Scharf of Germany devised this method of tatting leaf and flower petal forms. She tats a foundation chain and then fills in on both sides. This sample doily by Erin and Martina is a prime example of its beauty.

doily by Erin and Martina using Scharf leaf

diagram of a Scharf leaf from the files of the Online Tatting Class.



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