|Norma Benporath Lace Mat Tat-Along|
Round 3 in progress
Having already griped over the liberal picots in this otherwise graceful design, I turn my attention to the really long chains in round three.
Nineteen tatters are listed on Jon's blog as participating in this tat-along. Several of those tatters have already completed this project and posted their lovely results.
So why has no one mentioned their experiences tatting the long, floppy chains in round three? Surely I cannot be the only one to approach them with prejudice.
EDIT: Oops, I stand corrected. Tat-ilicious Jess had a fair amount of success with tatting her chain stitches unflipped, using the second shuttle. I will give that clever trick a try.
My dislike for long, floppy chains can be traced back to my participation in the 2009 Design_Tat online course. The class discussed my long floppy chains at length (see the picots?). It was a great learning experience.
Determined to overcome floppy chain syndrome, I reworked the assignment. The "onion dome" shapes were lost in the process of retro-fitting stability into the design.
EDIT: Two bits of wisdom I took away from that particular lesson were "don't retro-fit stability into a design" and "designing takes patience and PERSEVERENCE." I guess an unexpected thing I took away from that lesson was a (perhaps unhealthy?) dislike for long chains with regularly spaced picots.
Ever since, I have avoided long floppy chains, especially ones with lots of decorative picots.
But I digress!
If no one else was willing to tackle this issue, I was going to give it a try. Substituting the Double Double Stitch didn't work because the resulting chain was too long. Adjusting the DDS stitch count was a bit problematic because of all those picots, so in the end I decided to just tat it as written and forget about stabilizing those floppy chains.
But I can't stand it. It is driving me crazy!
Those of you who have finished the doily, does your doily stand up to the flop test?
Gentle tatters, I ask for an open discussion of long, floppy chains. Help me to learn how to use them advantageously and without prejudice. Whaddya say? Will you weigh in on "flop?"