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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

trimmings

You will never see me cooking for more than half an hour, I like pasta, bread and salad, fast easy and delicious! We're having a lot of salad, mixed and fresh, I love that in this period of the year the market is full of vegetables! Stalls are a rainbow of colours!

About trimmings, I like the fact that in Italian we call  "contorno" everything that is trimmings, food accompaniments. But we also call "contorno" an edging when it goes around a fabric (different from "passamaneria"), in my mind I visualise it as in a circle as around a dish, or, in a figurative sense for example, we say that hair are "contorno del viso" like embellishment of the face. I learned that also the word trimmings has the double meaning, for edging and food. Good to know 😄


About tatting, I picked again the ecrù (that is size 80, DMC), I'm having difficulties with colours (especially red thread) and then I go, to the more relaxing hue, like that one in the fan (see last post).
That one in the picture is from a pattern found in Priscilla #2, fig.13, trimming. I've changed it because I didn't like my first try, it was twisty that is chains didn't follow a plain path, even working with 2 shuttles. I thought that I should have came back to the shuttle and the ball because of the vintage pattern (1915), but strictly following the pattern I didn't like my tatting. In the same old book there's other patterns with the Victorian stitches sets, so I changed all normal chains with that kind of chain and I like it more. Then I cut away a repetition and it lay quite flat, except the first module that was tatted when I was still following the number of repetitions indicated.



What I will do with it it's not clear, even to me, yet. It's just the heat, though.

Lately I 've got back to the Bosa's filèt. I hope to finish it before the summer. (See the frame with my WIP here: spare wheels )

I've bought the book "Tatting Patterns and Designs" by Gun Blomqvist, a reprint issue, original was from 1988 but there are many 'vintage-style' patterns. I like it and probably I'll tat something from that soon.

Ciao,
Ninetta
Related posts (with finished tatting from Priscilla #2)

13 comments:

  1. I don't think there's any need to stick to old methods just because it's a vintage pattern - if modern methods are easier or better, I'm all for using them! I do like your trimming.

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    1. Thank you. :-) I agree, we always should look at old things with new eyes, but that isn't easy sometimes :-)

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  2. Very pretty and unique edging!!! :)

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  3. An unusual but lovely trimming !
    Interesting write-up about trimmings :-D

    I faced a somewhat similar dilemma with the SCH doily (hair bun net) - when I switched shuttles, I got a 'wave', but if I hadn't, then the chains were not 'neat' - they kind of twisted.
    You've found a nice solution :-)

    I like that book and am eager to do many of the larger pieces eventually. Maybe I can wait for your notes !

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    1. Among Priscilla's my favourite is the #3, there are some patterns that are still challenging for me. There are nice patterns with Victorian sets and cluny, too. But I like a lot also #1&#2, I found all those a great inspiration, a big collection not from a single designer, I think.

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    2. I was actually referring to the Blomqvist & Persson book. But I totally agree with you about Priscilla patterns/collection - they are gorgeous, with a wide variety.

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  4. Il suo contorno mi piace molto!

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  5. I love you tatting and your choices are the best I love to work on multiple projects too the trimming could also go around your neck like a scarf 😄

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  6. Sorry I am late leaving you a comment,
    It's nice to think the old patterns are bring renewed and tried out, if the modern way if tatting is better then why not use it, it will give a fresher way of tatting rather than sticking to old ways. I'm all for renewing an old pattern

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    1. Thank you :) you're never late! Definitely agree!

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Thank you very much for all your nice comments.

Ciao
Ninetta