Mignonette Tatting Adeline Cordet
This pattern is #550 on page 8 of "Tatting", by Adeline Cordet Book 5. It may serve as an edging or an insertion. It begins with a regular all rings strip with bare thread spaces between the rings. The following rows are tatted in a light and airy method call "mignonette."
Mignonette tatting is created with all rings separated by bare thread spaces. The rings are very small and without picots. As each ring is tatted it is joined to the bare thread space between two rings on the previous row. Mignonette is a great method to fill spaces, frame focal pieces and increase the width of doilies.
R = ring
BTS = bare thread space
+ = join
p or "-" = picot
dnrw = do not reverse work
Begin with one shuttle or needle. Prepare a gauge to measure the length of the BTS. An easy way to make such a gauge is to take a small piece of cardboard. Cut a slit in one side (A) measure down the piece to find the desired length of the BTS and make another slit (B.) Slide the finished ring into slot B and hold firmly. Bring the shuttle thread up and into slot A. Holding the thread steady in slot A commence a new ring.
If you prefer to not measure, then try to make each BTS the same length understanding that it does stretch a bit while working. And be aware that if the BTS is too long then it will sag. This condition may be seen in certain spots of the sample shown. Closing a ring too vigorously may also cause the thread to draw up too much. Strive to make the rings all the same size. A little practice will soon make it all go automatically for you.
R 5 - 5 - 5 - 5 clr dnrw
*BTS 1 " ( or 2.5 mm)
R 5 + (join to last p of previous ring) 5 - 5 - 5 clr dnrw
Repeat from * for length desired
*R 2 + (join to a bare thread space of row 1) 2 clr dnrw
BTS 1 " (or 2.5 mm)
Repeat from * across.
Repeat mignonette rows for desired width.
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