Heart for Gina - Mary Maynard

The late Mary Maynard shared this heart pattern with the Online Tatting Class a few years back. It features graduated picots, self-closing mock rings, and floating rings.

Abbreviations:
vsp = very small picot just for joining
p = picot
lp = large picot
llp = a picot larger than the previous lp
+ = join
ss = switch shuttles
scmr = self-closing mock ring
tor or fr = thrown off ring or floating ring
rw = reverse work
dnrw = do not reverse work

R1 = 9 jp 12 jp 9 rw
CH1 = 2, (p 2) x 14, 2 jp 2 rw
R2 = 9 + (join to last p of R1 ), 15 jp 9 rw
CH2 = 2 + (join to jp of CH1 ) (p 2) x 14, 2 jp 2 rw
R3 = 9 + ( join to jp of R2 ) 12 jp 9 rw
CH3 = 2 (p 2) x 4, 2 + (join to jp of R3 ), 2 (p -) x 5, 2, dnrw

SCMR 1 = Tat a chain
CH = 2 ( p 2 ) x 4, 2, SS
TOR (Floating ring made using shuttle 2) 1 = 9 p 2 lp, 2 p 9 SS
CH = 5 SS
TOR 2 = 9 p 2 lp 2 llp 2 lp w 9 SS
CH = 5 SS
TOR 3 = 9 p 2 lp, 2 p 9 SS
CH = 2 ( p 2 ) x 4, 2, close scmr, dnrw

SCMR 2 = 7 p 2 lp 2 p 7 close scmr. SS

CH4 = 2 ( p 2 ) x 5, 2 + (join to first jp of R1) 2, (p 2) x 4, 2 + (join to base of ring 1) Secure ends.

Note from Mary:
If you tat the first scmr in front side tatting style, when you interlace the 3 TOR (Floating Rings) into the beginning ring, they will face front. The second scmr may have to be twisted to face forward with blocking.

This heart was dedicated to Gina B.

Floating rings such as those in this necklace by Nina Libin can really add a lot to a design.

This image of a floating ring in needle tatting shows so clearly how it is literally thrown off the chain and then the chain continues to the end of the segment.

If you would like to know more about a technique mentioned in this newsletter, please email me at tatting@BellaOnline.com. Enjoy!

Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.

Gifted Earrings by Elaine Gan Elaine Gan shares her "Gifted Earrings" pattern from her ninth book of patterns. It features exercise in shuttle lock joins.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art306022.asp

Please visit tatting.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Tatting. To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Tatting located here -