Popping online to share a tatting success — I have finally conquered split chains!
Five years ago I learned how to make split rings an have become quite fond of them. But I have avoided split chains. That is, until a split chain was the only way I could tat myself out of a designing jam.
Remember these SweetHearts?
The colorful one on the left is in the process of getting an additional round. Can I just say, this HDT rocks!
And can you believe that it took me three days to figure out the split chain technique? Three exasperating days!
And I was following this excellent PDF tutorial:
The problem was working the stitches right-handed. I'm naturally left-handed and haven't tatted anything right-handed in oh, around 10 years. Awkwardness really slowed me down. But I got it.
Clever scrutinizers will notice the imbalanced threads. Round 1 uses size 20 cotton throughout, while round 2 uses size 40 in color Rainbow Bright HDT by Tatskool and size 20 in a deep purple-to-white variegated from Flora. The split chain really accentuates it.
In spite of the imbalance, I am forging ahead as a test tat of round two. The thread is such a dream to work with and the colorway too lovely to waste.
Better brush up on my right-handed tatting though, or else this blogger will be Ambitatterous no more! Can't have that now, can we?