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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ben Fikkert "Pinecones" Tips On Final Round

There are 35 flower like motifs that completely circle the final round.  Ben explains that you can go from one to another with two shuttles. This saves tons of time so you don't have to tie off every motif. (that is normally done with one shuttle)
But how? 

After making the first motif tie on the second shuttle and begin the split ring as normal.

Leaving a nice space between each ring and  using the shuttles attached to each thread from your split ring I make three rings down each side.  Remembering the side closest to the doily does get attached to a pre-marked picot on doily.
(I just cut off 5 motifs, for I attached them to wrong place when I began. )

Now it is kind of fun, to attach the center ring, to each space between the rings. Always remember to make the 2 double stiches then attach as you go then 2 more when done attaching the outer rings. 

Now the center ring is closed and I tie a knot before making the final split ring will be made to finish this motif. 
There are a lot of this style motifs in older patterns like this kind, and this method can apply to many of them. 
Hope you all have a wonderful week 
Lace making :)

17 comments:

  1. Very interesting! I have this book, but I've shied away from trying anything because of all the bare threads. I'm terrible at measuring. I've enjoyed watching your progress!

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    1. Yea I think it is odd, because things like bare threads and clunies are just not exact as rings and chains and it's hard to keep going knowing somethings is not perfect. I keep telling myself it is the overall look, and a home made look you are going for in this type of tatting. 🌹

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  2. Olá amiga !
    Seu trabalhinho está muito lindo.
    Mas ao meu entender, me parece cada vez mais complicado.
    beijos

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    1. Yes this one is difficult and has lots of obstacles to overcome.

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  3. Gosh that's a lot of flowers and a long way round, I am enjoying your progress with this doily, I am like Diane I have the book but not tried any patterns as yet.

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    1. Let's just says had this book for couple years and wanted to make this pattern and just got the nerve 💟

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  4. Sounds a little mind boggling, I’m glad you have it figured out.

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    1. Yea it is a brain teaser💙thats for sure😄

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  5. Non so lavorare con questa tecnica ma tu sei bravissima!

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  6. Thanks 😄i know it is not for every one but hopefully interesting to watch😉💟

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  7. So glad it is working for you! Thanks for sharing :-)
    I'm wondering whether it can be done in the following manner as well - make 1st SR, then make the central ring leaving BTS, continue with the rings on either side using the respective shuttle and joining each to the central ring; end with the SR.
    Would you like to give it a go and see if it works?

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  8. Actually I did that to start with and it works too. I just got a bit more confused remember the side that attaches to doily and counting my 8 rings totally. It really is just personal preference. I also like that I can be more accurate with the bare threads between each ring and close it all up like an umbrella.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carollyn! I was merely curious as to whether it would work or not. I enjoy discovering alternate paths, as you well know :-) And curiousity hasn't killed this old cat yet ;-P

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  9. Looks wonderful!! :)
    Thank you for the lesson and advice!! :)

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  10. Wow, your trick is mind boggling! I had to read everything a few times before getting it and I'm not sure I got it perfectly in the end either :D It must be one of those tricks where you need to actually try it yourself to understand it.

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    1. Yea I had someone say they where actually going to try the pattern so I thought to might help. Some olderpatterns resemble this pattern too so it could help them

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  11. wow!
    the pattern among the "flowers" is interesting,which looks like net, I saw such once and only one time
    I had such dress, and I loved it :)

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