Emma: Experimenting with dimple hearts

String of tatted hearts
String of hearts

The next step in creating a new pattern is experimenting. This string of little hearts takes the idea of the outer round from the inspiration pattern and puts hearts where the simple rings were.

I’ve always found that tatting, which includes rings and joining arched chains, a bit awkward for working with hearts. The roundness at the top of the heart is easy enough, but the point at the bottom is difficult to manage convincingly.

For my little hearts on Emma I’ve used a “dimple” technique. This is where you create a picot and join to it in the same ring. I do this to get a convincing point at the bottom of the heart. This makes for cute little hearts, but it can be a challenge to manage properly when closing the ring.


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