Friday, April 25, 2008

Adding tatting to a B&W top

I recently got this top which is nice and light for warmer weather and thought that it would be perfect to add some tatting to! My plan is again to add an edging to the neckline, and I'm going tat the edging in black. Yes I may be a little nuts for going there but I think I'm ready for black thread.
The pattern I chose is #12 on page 17 of The DMC Book of Charted Tatting Designs. I'm tatting it up in black DMC size 12 Perle cotton thread. I choose size 12 because it seemed more smooth and fine like normal tatting thread rather than the more fuzzy Perle threads. The only thing I'm a little worried about is my neckline curves inward and I'm not quite sure that a straight edge won't give me issue, but there are no designs that go concave usually if a edging is rounded it's for a round doily edge and I don't like the idea of using the "outer" edge as the inner edge, just not the same look. Another thing that I'm doing with this pattern is that although it calls for 2 shuttles I'm just going to do 1 and the ball since you only need to switch shuttles for one little chain at the base of the design, so I'm going to just do the SLT (Shoe Lace Trick) to get the working thread in the correct position.


TattingChic said...

That is going to look great with a black edging. I love the idea.

Gina said...

I think if you just go from side to side on that inner piece rather than all the way up to the shoulders that you won't have a problem with any edging you choose. The lace will really set this top off and dmc perle 12 has a nice sheen to it and will keep its shape nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing the completed piece!

:-) Gina

Melissa said...

Thanks Gina! Actually that is the plan to only do that bottom area of the neckline! Thanks so much for your encouragement!