Saturday, January 29, 2011

Motif #4 in 25 Motif Challenge

I went back to the beginning of the DMC Library - Tatting which can be found in the Antique Pattern Library HERE. Plate I has 6 samples and this post is about figure #1. The instructions call this a "galoon" which is a surface trim, not on the edge of the fabric or inserted between two edges. The directions start out: "With one shuttle: 4 stitches, 1 picot, * 4 stitches, 1 picot, 4 stitches, close the ring = 4 stitches, close the scallop....."

Wait! What is a scallop? Were they snacking while tatting? messy!

Well, since that didn't seem plausible, I looked further. Plate I directions are after the "how to tat" directions which happens to include information about scallops.

This is a scallop. It's made by not completely closing the ring, leaving bare thread. These are plain detached scallops. They are made with 10 ds and "the semi-circles must touch each other at the base." This sample is done in DMC size 20.

This is a sample of connected scallops, ornamented with picots. The directions say: do 3 stitches, 1 picot, *then 4 times: 2 stitches and 1 picot and again 3 stitches, draw up the scallop; quite close to it begin a second scallop, do 3 stitches, join to the 5th picot of the first scallop and continue from *.

We would say: 3-2-2-2-2-3, partial close, *3 + last p on prev r, (2-)4X, 3, partial close, repeat from * for length desired.

I used two kinds of short form in this example. When you have a series of the same stitch pattern, you can enclose it in parentheses and indicate the number of times repeated. We would probably come up with a symbol or abbreviation for "partial close" or simply indicate at the beginning of the pattern that the rings are not to be completely closed. I think Mark Myers calls them "open rings".

If you're not familiar with (Tat-man) Mark's work, he has designed a number of patterns using this technique. You can find some here and here. He uses it a lot to mimic the bobbin lace look in tatting. You can see it creates a very open lacy effect.

So now we get to figure #1. This sample is tatted in Presencia (Fincrochet) size 30. It's a single shuttle pattern, known as a galoon. It's a combination of closed and open rings (scallops). Four ds is the magic number here.

R 4-4-4,clr, turn work. This is probably the same order of work you did in your very first bookmark. It's about the simplest form but we're going to use the scallops as a little twist.
R 4 (scallop), turn work
R 4-4-4, clr, turn
R 4 (scallop) turn (you are now back to where the 1st ring was made)
R 4 + last p of 1st r, 4-4, clr, turn
Continue in this sequence of closed ring, open ring, closed ring, open ring and join the closed rings at picots. I remember feeling confused about turning at the end of some rings. I wanted all my scallops to line up nicely and it seemed that the open part wasn't always where I thought it should be. Eventually I got into a rhythm and it all worked out.

Here's a small sample tatted in DMC Special Cordonnet size 20. I stopped here because I was out of time and just didn't get back to it, but it's a square at this point, and for those with designing minds, it could be a leaping off place for your imagination.

I found a small rock at Purdue one day just outside my building as I returned from an appointment. It was a kind of gold-ish looking stone and since Purdue's colors are gold and black, I thought it was a potential base for another rock cozy. So I brought it home and cleaned it up. I'd just finished the first galoon sample and wondered how it would look in black on this gold rock so I tatted the galoon in black and added beads. I crocheted around the galoon then to cover the rock. It's now with a friend whose last day is Monday after taking advantage of the early retirement incentive. I thought he could use it as a paperweight.

The remainder of the pieces in Plate I are increasingly more elaborate. The next few weeks are going to be busy so I will probably wait until I can focus clearly and then tackle them. I really love a few of them and can't wait to try them out.


  1. That's SUCH an interesting post. I'm going to have to go and get me some scallops!!! By jove you've got some patience going through the old patterns.

  2. I always learn something new, Gina, from your posts. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I've often looked at "scallops," not knowing that was what they were called, and wondered WHY you would use them. Now I know! They do make an interesting effect in the galloon you tatted. I'm seeing that you really have to delve into these vintage patterns to truly appreciate them.

    Thanks Gina!
    :) Ann

  4. How I wonder your patience to do this tiny little things. And I have to tell you, how I love your rock-works.

  5. Good for you, working on old patterns. I sometimes feel like I am going cross eyed trying to see the words and which line I was on!!

  6. Fun and informative post! (I am trying to catch up on blogs but alas I am perpetually behind.)

  7. I love covered stones, they're so decorative and this one is lovely with the colour showing through the ''wrap''.


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