May 11 2017 Tatting Newsletter
Lilas Joublot brings to life her passion for tatting in this her first book. She sets the mood with a cover of a tatted beaded necklace romantically displayed on a young woman in a shadowy atmosphere. This is certainly inspiration for delving into the book.
The text is bilingual French-English. Paper bound, size A4, it is has 43 pages. It has terrific designs and detailed instructions, but, read on! It is has QR codes! Hmmm, well, I didn't know what a QR code was either but it is a fascinating advance in publishing.
So, QR = quick response barcode, but the design image is not a bar at all. It is a square box with all kinds of black squiggles in it. And your every day camera phone can scan it and read it at once. Lilas uses these QR codes to lead us to a detailed tutorial on the pattern or technique posted online for that page. Wow!
This sample from page 34 of the book demonstrates the unique assistance these QR's give to tatters.
Sample page 34.
The pattern shows tatted trefoils alternating in position above or below the line of progression and separated by larger split rings. Even a beginning tatter can handle the trefoils but might hesitate at the making of a split ring. A short text starts the split ring in the right direction and next to that is a good illustration of a split ring in progress in bold black and white.
If this were the tatter's first split ring though...then, the handy QR code comes to the rescue! The tutorial it presents guides the tatter through the whole process.
Please read the patterns all the way through before beginning to tat. And note that among the several beaded pieces there are are some that have the beads sewn on afterwards instead of tatted on as the pattern progresses. For the "Collier" six-strand necklace detailed directions on pg 22 explain how the "s" and "z" chains are made and that some of them include floating rings and beads.
The photos of the finished tatted pieces are placed in the front of the books and the patterns themselves follow. Beginning with a "one star" easy pattern, the difficulty increases to "4 stars." Two unique patterns stand out to me. One is a bracelet using the cluny leaf and a doily using "Turkish petal" which is an oya technique and comes with a QR code.
So, stock up on fancy beads and brilliant colored threads and get to work on this one!
Note: I was so pleased to receive this first book as a gift from the author. I have added it to my personal tatting reference library. G. Seitz
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Art Tatting Jewelry Lyn Morton A 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.
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