Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sheer Frustration!

I sort of understand what it feels like to be Fox.

This is the second time I've tried to tat Jon's Chinese Coin bookmark. The first time was a few years ago and the thread was way too fine for a first try. I abandoned it planning to try again later, not this much later, but later.

I started this earlier in the week and was quite proud of myself for getting one whole side done. Then other things got in the way and it sat on my table, patiently waiting for me to get back to it. Tonight was the night.

I had just completed the second segment from the bottom and was pleased with how it was going....until I realized I was one ring short to join to on the left side.

How did that happen? I kept studying it and couldn't figure out the exact error except I was short one ring! I finally got that I had not made the second ring between segments. The only way to fix it is to cut out the whole segment. I couldn't ignore it and go on at this point. It's now glaring at me!

I had numbered the order of the top segment of rings to help me keep it straight. Jon colored coded the split rings according to where they were split but I still had to draw a line at the split to know where easily. I should have numbered them all the way down and possibly would not have missed that ring.

So maybe I'll tackle it again on another day. It's not that hard, really! You just have to keep track of the order of rings and chains. It was tatted in size 30 Cebelia.


  1. I can relate to your experience! There have been so many times when I've messed up a beautiful pattern by missing one ring or one section of a picot and chain. I haven't tried this pattern yet, but I will someday. Good luck in completing it!

  2. UGH! I am so sorry! I've tatted this bookmark once in size 20 with variegated pink thread, and it was always a "no TV, no distractions" pattern. I'm not super at fixing mistakes, but it looks like you might be able to go back three rings on the side you are working now (to remove the join to the first ring in the messed up coin), cut/join and add that extra ring with new thread, then use the new thread redo the chain and ring that would be left after adding the new chain. Super fiddly. I might just keep the bottom coin, cut out the middle, and connect the bottom coin to a the other half of the top coin with a split ring chain of some sort so as not to lose ALL your hard work!

  3. Looks like a great attempt! :)

  4. I am going to try this as soon as I am done with my state fair projects. I know what you mean Gina, I remember doing a doily for the state fair and when I got to round 5 I noticed I made a mistake in round 2. I was wondering why my doily was not round at this point. Talk about frustration. It was the third time I was cutting the doily rounds out and redoing it.

  5. This happens to me more often than not when I try a new pattern for the first time. Especially if I'm watching TV at the same time.

  6. I did that the first couple of times I did that pattern. I've done it so many times now that I don't make that mistake anymore, knock on wood, but I do have to pay attention. I just keep reminding myself that it's always ring, chain, ring, ring, chain, ring, etc., even though some of those are split rings.

  7. I think we can all relate to it, it looks a lovely pattern and colour. I hope you give it another try. third time lucky they say.

  8. it's the simplest errors that are sooooo annoying! I have to say though that had you not highlighted it I wouldn't even have noticed.


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