Art Tatting Jewelry Lyn Morton
This new book is from well known designer and long time tatter, Lyn Morton of the UK. It is "The Art of Tatting Jewelry, Exquisite Lace and Bead Designs." Lyn's book is 110 pages, size A4, paper bound. Many traditional style patterns tatted in lovely colored threads and in metallic threads, too. Many of the patterns are practically encrusted with beads. Each project is presented in full color with clear, bold black line diagrams. The diagrams are marked with the double stitch count and bead placement positions.
You will recall many of her previous books:
Cover Book 4
Cover Book 3
Some patterns are shown beaded and others pure tatting. Basic tatting techniques, double stitch, half stitch, picot, ring, chain, join and split ring, are used, but no difficult ones.
Back cover showing floral tatted necklace.
Special note needs to be taken regarding the tatting abbreviations used together with the beading instructions, i.e.,
3Bs tog = 3 beads worked together
4Bs tog in a ring = 3 beads moved into position from the ring thread around hand and 1 bead moved up from the shuttle thread.
Just refer to the provided photos if in doubt.
This illustration with its accompanying photo is typical of the text, diagrams and photos through out the book. Brilliant metallic thread is used in most patterns and really sets off the glowing beads.
This diagram shows regular beaded picots and an example of the "4Bs tog in a ring" placement. In short, 3 beads from the working thread and 1 bead from the core thread.
I am so pleased to see vintage or traditional tatting patterns brought to life with the beads and the metallic thread. Small familiar flower motifs glow with beads on the picots, on the core thread, and beads outlining the shape. But it is the use of the beads in what would otherwise have been negative space which intrigues me most. Study the cover of the book, upper left trio of motifs.
The smallest has one bead on the picots of the round center ring. The middle one has 3 beads and the largest one has 3 beads on the picot centered above one picot on the core thread. The more beads the larger the arch of the chain and the more it looks like a stained glass window to me. All of these beads are filling the negative space. Now compare that to the butterfly on the upper right corner of the cover. The wings of the butterfly have beads nearly every stitch and this creates an outline of the butterfly featuring a lot of negative space, too.
Cover to cover you will enjoy tatting through this book.
This book was a gift for my personal tatting reference library. G. Seitz
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