Using the inspiration cluster and swoop for the top of Jackie works well. Note that this did need to be altered once I started working on the side… the clusters worked well in a ring with 13 repeats of the cluster, but the uneven number made the side very difficult!
As my kitchen renovation carries on (and on and on) I am continuing on with creating new patterns (so I’m not risking getting dust into anything I want to keep as final). So I’m thinking another pincushion!
This inspiration piece is from a German pattern book called Neue Schiffchenspitzen. The book is very old – I found it online at: Georgia Seitz
I like the clusters of rings and the big swoop chains around them. I didn’t count the number of stitches in the pattern, and I don’t bother trying to read patterns on the old pieces I use for inspiration too much. The patterns are frequently wrong in these old books.
So I will create my own pattern from here. J is next in my list of names for tatting patterns, so I think this will be Jackie. I’ve known some really great women named Jackie.
First attempts to modify the pattern Helga to create a pincushion I will call Irene… needs some work.
The first, middle row is too small, so the second row buckles too much. Putting it on my sample pincushion shows it will not sit flat on the cushion.
The fun of experimenting – I get to cut the first attempt to pieces!
This shows that the second row may actually work well, if I do something different with the first row.
And there we have it… a new first row. And the second row works well around it. The first row now has the flavour of the 3 little rings I liked so much from the inspiration pattern, so I’m very happy with this.