Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mock Split Ring

Have you ever noticed that there are a lot of different acronyms in tatting? Acronyms like SSSR, SR, SCMR, LJ, SC ...aaand the list goes on! With all of the different acronyms and bits of info spinning around soon a tatter may feel like their own head is spinning! Well, I'm here to add to the acronymial head-spinning fun! Yes, I'm using poetic license to create a word (acronymial).

The other day I was working on Martha Ess' Antique Rose Heart pattern from her book "Tat's Amore". Martha suggests using 1 color for this pattern due to the Split Ring and Split Chain utilized to climb out of the rounds. Tatters know that when working on patterns that require Split Chains and Split Rings for climbing out of rounds that you need to work with 1 color otherwise your work will look...well...honestly, kinda wonky with half a chain being one color and the other half is another color. What happens if you really WANT to use 2 different colors (one for rings and one for chains)? It just isn't going to work, is it?

Or is it?

One solution is to perform "Cut and Ties" (***gasp***) between each round. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that. Sometimes this seems like the only solution and if you don't mind hiding the ends this is a very legitimate and workable solution. For years I have done this and I haven't minded. I've utilized the Magic Thread technique to hide my ends and it's worked quite well for me.

Lately, since I've learned to do Split Chain stitches, I've found that I really do like having the option of climbing out of a round that has a chain to be climbed out of. I have finally succumbed to the seductive thought of having less thread ends to hide. "Come to meeeee" the thought says and willingly, almost hypnotically, I follow.

But how??? How??? How with 2 colors? I thought, I pondered, I prayed and I pondered some more and finally the following solution came to my mind!

I cried aloud...

(okay not really) I thought I had discovered a totally new technique! I'll call it the Mock Split Ring (cuz, it's like a split ring, but not really) or

...wait for it...

(after all, this is a NEW acronym)


I called my friend Laura to share in the joy of this moment. She had never heard of it either she said. In her infinite wisdom she suggested I share it with Gina, Jane, and Martha in order to see if they had ever heard of this fabulous "new" technique ...and...of course...they had, LOL! Funny thing is, not only had Jane posted it on her blog, but ironically Laura and I had both COMMENTED on that very blog post, LOL! Jane even has this Snowflake Pattern using it.

Ah, well, such is the glory of life...illuminated for but a moment...only to be shadowed by the dark, grey, starkness we call reality! LOL! All these fabulous ladies did give me kind congratulations for taking the time to figure it out on my own, though. Martha even gave me kudos for finding a practical application of it on my own. Thank you, Ladies! You are all very kind!


Well, enough of all that.
I'd like to present to you my Moment of Discovery:


as I like to call it

The MSR (Mock Split Ring)

Tatting Skills needed:

Here we are at a point of dilemma in tatting.
Here is the last chain of a round.
The mid-point of this chain needs to have the second
half finished by doing a split chain which normally
would result in the second half of the chain being PINK
when all the rest of the chains are green.

What is the solution to climb out of the round?
Should I:
a) go ahead and do it in pink and hope no one notices.
b) figure out a way to make it work so I can have a green SC.

I went with "B"! I did it by performing the
SLT or Shoelace Trick.

Here's a close up:

Now the green is where it needs to be to perform
a Split Chain! Woo Hoo. Easy peasy! (the SLT is easy, that is)

Here is the Split Chain completed:
Now comes the second dilemma! How do I make
a Split Ring in order to climb into that next round?
(This is where the MSR comes in to play)

What would be the best solution?
Should I:
a) Do a regular Split Ring and hope no one notices that 1/2 is pink and 1/2 is green.
b) do a SSSR and hope that no one notices that the green thread is hanging at the bottom of the ring.
c) figure out how to get the green to the top of the Split Ring inside as the core thread.

I went with "C" by figuring out the MSR.
Here is how to start the MSR

Step 1) Tat a regular pink Chain perpendicular to the horizontal green chain using the green thread as the "core thread" or "shuttle thread".

Next dilemma...
...the pink thread is on the left.
I need it on the right.

Step 2) SLT!


Now, with the pink thread on the right it can be joined down
at the base of the ring with a LJ (Lock Join).

Step 3) Lock Join to base of ring leaving a small amount of thread between top of ring and base of ring.

Here's a close up of the Lock Join at the base of the ring. (Notice how the length is just what is needed for

the other half of the MSR.)

Now, I just do Split Chain stitches all the
way up the side from bottom to top.

See here:
Step 4)Use Split Chain stitches to climb back up to top of ring from bottom

Mock Split Ring complete!

Now, I can continue tatting as usual.

Please note, this was an example
of how to utilize a technique to climb out of
a round. I never said it was going to be pretty!
Just know, it wasn't about showing
off my "beautiful" (and yes, I'm being sarcastic) split chain
stitches, but just sharing an option on how to utilize
a technique in everyday tatting.


I hope you've enjoyed this demonstration of a practical application of the MSR or Dora Whats-her-face technique.

I mean, Dora Young Split Ring

I'm sharing it because if you are one of those who find hiding ends unpleasant, but find that climbing out of rings and chains can limit your color choices, then, perhaps, this will help you put an end to that. I also liked the thought of possibly making a personal contribution to the ever growing list of Tatting Acronyms with the MSR. Hee hee.

Stay tuned for next time when I will present "A Tale Of Two Split Rings"...a study of another way to climb out with a SSSR using 2 shuttles...What???? A Single Shuttle Split Ring with TWO SHUTTLES??? What am I thinking? Why? What? How? All that and more will be answered in the next episode...

BTW, I'm am using Yarnplayer's HDT of "Peace" and "Leafy" size 20 to complete this tatted heart.
Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear from you!
If you tat, then Happy Tatting! If you don't tat, then Happy Whatever-it-is-that-you-like-to-do!


Thank you, Martha, for graciously allowing
me to use your pattern to demonstrate
this technique

39 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Jane Eborall said...

Having now read your post I now understand it all clearly - AGAIN!!!!! The trouble with only having 3 brain cells is that they take turns and I often forget things I've already done!! Some call it 'old age'!!!! May I link my technique page to this blog post, please? Every little helps all tatters.

Anonymous said...

Loved this post. Like a mystery story or a soap opera. I have never tatted in two colors. You writing makes it so adventurous and exciting.

Judy said...

I have no idea what you did or how you did it, but it is beautiful!! In fact, you lost me with the instructions too but since I don't tat or have any idea how it is done that's OK!! I just love looking at all your beautiful work.

Sally Kerson said...

Now you are flying high with this split chain, etc etc etc. The pictures showing the techniques are wonderful so so helpful, when I've plucked enough courage will study it and have a go! The rose is also beautiful.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Your work is breathtaking to me! Stunning and beautiful! The piece you are working on are my favorite colors! It looks like a pretty rose!


Fox said...

This is very clear and well done! If only I could understand its application....... I have not experimented enough, though I have read tons about it. Your instructions are so clear I must have a go! Thanks!

Beautiful tatting as usual, TattingChic!
Fox : )

Martha said...

What a fun narrative, and great in progress photos to show how. Faced with this same dilemma not that long ago, I gave up as impossible. I appreciate your greater tenacity and inspiration.

Draffin Bears said...

Your work is exquisite TattingChic and I love the pink and green, my two favourite colours.

Have a wonderful weekend

Unknown said...

LOL, Jane! You make me chuckle...and in a very GOOD way! :)
You can link back to my blog anytime you like. I truly value your input.

Thanks, Yarnjourney! I've tatted in two colors many times, but I've always done the ol' cut-and-tie routine.

Hi Judy! Sorry to lose you there. I am grateful for the comment. Thank you for visiting.

Thank you, Sally! The Split Chain has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. I hope you do try it sometime if you want.

Thank you, Maryjane! I appreciate the sweet comment. We have Yarnplayer to thank for the beautiful Hand Dyed Threads! Oh, I fell in love with the colors as soon as I saw them!

Hi Fox! Thanks. I hope you are able to try it sometime if it's something you would find useful.

Thank you, Martha! I really appreciate your input! I can't wait to show your idea in my next post!

Hi Carolyn! Those are my fave colors, too! I thought that Yarnplayer did such a beautiful job of dying the "Peace" - it's a combination of pinks and yellow ...just like a Peace Rose. My favorite rose.

Unknown said...

that is so pretty, wished I could do that

Art by JoyMac said...

Your work is so beautiful and I admire your patience in showing us this "new" trick thanks for sharing

Betty said...

What a lovely creation! I can't believe all the instructions you gave and how you ever figured it out is way beyond me! It was fun to read, even though I don't tat.

Gina said...

Not only do I love your story-telling, your visuals are clear and easy to follow. It's easy to rattle off how to do something like this and watch someone's eyes glaze over because they really can't follow it fast enough in their mental vision to truly get it. Great job! Fun & educational all at once!!!

Marilee Rockley said...

Absolutely delightful tutorial!
I can see where this trick would be really useful. You deserve to be very proud of yourself for figuring it out and for explaining it in such an entertaining way!

Carol Schockling Lawecki said...

Hi TattingChic, Wow, thanks for all the information in your post. Very informative. I will have to give it a try. I have only done the split chain a few times, but I think it is time to practice again.

vintage girl at heart said...

LOve it!!! Your excitement is so contagious!!!!
Have a Blessed Holiday!

Jon Yusoff said...

It doesn't matter that someone has thought of it before. In fact, you should be proud to be sharing the same platform with Jane and Martha and Gina.
You sharing it has given another perspective of the split ring and split chain. Thank you for the interesting tutorial.

Krystle said...

Very nice job figuring that all out. I'm impressed!

Oh, and your card arrived yesterday. Thank you! :-)

Bella Sinclair said...

LOL! Oh my gosh, TattingChic, I am laughing so hard. You lost me waaaaaaaaayyyy back there, and I ended up just looking at the pictures. Hahahaha! I must say, though, it's gorgeous! Love that color combo!

So it's easy to see how people can come up with "original" music, only to be sued later on.

Carla said...

How marvellous your works are! Truly amazing.

Many thanks for what you create.

Unknown said...

Oh what a tangled web we weave when tatting terms we try to perceive. Thank you for the explanation. It never ceases to amaze me the new techniques we are coming up with for tatting.

Unknown said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love how the dark green and lighter green really say roses. This is just like watercolor painting but more difficult. I can't even imagine how you do this, no less so creatively. I have learned so much visiting you all this time, yet it still seems a mystery to me.

What a gift you have.


Pat Winter Gatherings said...

This was all Japanese to me, but what an absolutely gorgeous piece of work. Well done.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Incredible post, Tatting Chic !

Where were you when I was trying to learn to tat??!!! Oh, silly me - you weren't born yet! (Good thing you weren't - you'd be pretty old by now!)

I haven't delved into any of the 'climbing out' techniques yet, but you make it look easy (IF one can master the split chain!) Wonderful pictures and explanations!

If I did a complex post like this, my photos would be all jumbled up, the spacing would be all goofy, and Blogger would get slower and slower while I was 'composing'. Not only that, it would have taken me two weeks just to draft it in the first place! I'm just as envious of your wonderful and creative posts as I am of your tatting! You are simply AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing all this info, plus also making us 'laugh out loud'!

Suzanne said...

Your rosette is lovely! the photo tutorial is perfectly clear and, thanks to your having wrestled with this, I can now see that there actually is a practical application for the Dora Young split ring. When Jane first posted the instructions, I dutifully printed a copy and studied them, but could not for the life of me imagine when I would want to go to the trouble of using this approach. Now I can appreciate the possibilities.

Sapna said...

Wow!!! It definitely is a Eureka moment... That’s so much for the tutorial, it sure is a must watch!!! Well done :)

Rosemary said...

Hi there,
I have been trying to leave comments for days, but something was up with your site. Every time I tried it wouldn't let me.
Finally!! Thanks for the nice comments on my 4th of July stuff, and for my daughter's birthday wishes. I wanted to tell you that I didn't have a link to my Etsy, because on my side bar there is a link. Anyway I love the pink and green. Very pretty.
Have a nice Memorial Day.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Tanya. If you ever decide to learn tatting then you can do a rosette. They are fairly easy once you learn how to do a ring, a chain and a lock join in tatting...all basic skills.

Hi Joy! Thank you for your sweet comment and thank you for letting me share it with you!

Thank you so much, Betty! I really appreciate your feedback. Knowing that somehow this post was entertaining for someone who doesn't tat means a lot to me.

Hi Gina, thank you very much for that. I know exactly what you mean about the "eye-glazing-over" thing, LOL! I've been on both sides of that fence, LOL! It was very important to me to keep the reader sucked the very least the reader who tats.

Hi Yarnplayer! I hope you use this. I can so see you utiliizing this technique with your many beautiful designs and beautiful HDT's. Not only that, but you have such neat and even stitches that I'm sure your Split Chain stitches look much better than my sorry excuses for them, LOL!

Thanks, Carol! I hope you do try it. I'd love to see what you do with this technique. Hope it helps.

Thank you, Vintage at Heart! Happy Memorial Day to you, too!

Thank you for that "Pat on the Back", Jon! I appreciate it. Oh, I am flattered to be chatting w/ Gina, Jane, and Martha about this! I remember when the emails exchanges were happening I was thinking...I can't believe I'm discussing a tatting technique with these "GEMS of tat-land"!!! It has been very validating for me.

Thanks, Krystle! Glad to hear the card arrived. Enjoy! ;)

LOL! Thanks, Bella Sinclair! I'm glad to hear you liked the pictures! Truth be told, when I got blog-hopping that's about all I do anyway, LOL! I visit so many blog that I only have time to look at the pictures, LOL!

Welcome, Carla from Italy! I appreciate your comment. I am glad that we found each other's blogs! Your tatting is exquisite!

LOL! Yes, Clyde, I guess I opened a "Pandora's Box" so to speak when I learned the Split Chain, didn't I!? Aw, well, there's no going back no and I don't regret it, not ONE bit!

Thank you so much, Karen! I appreciate your lovely comment. I enjoy your work, too! Coming from an artist such as yourself it means a lot.

Hi Pat! THank you! You are another artist that I admire a great deal and I appreciate your comment as well.

Well, Kathy, LOL! I feel the same way...where were you when I was trying to come up with lovely and elegant ways to use my tatting than in just the usualy "doily" ways (not that there's anything WRONG with doilies). I guess you were clear across the country and the internet hadn't been born yet, LOL! Thanks for your generous comment!

Thank you, Suzanne! I'm glad that you find the tutorial clear and hopefully useful! That is why I did it. I think the more we all help each other out the more tatting grows. Just imagine all the possiblities coming from this...why we could do floating rings coming off of each side of the MSR! But why would we want to do that? LOL!

Thank you very much, Sapna! As soon as these posts get done then I HAVE to get started on our little "project"! Hee hee! I'm so excited!

Thank you for perservering to comment, Rosemary! I am sorry blogger gave you such grief. I eventually did find the Etsy link, silly me!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sweet Friend, Well first off, Congrats on discovering the MSR. It's all greek to me. And next!! WOW is this the prettiest pattern ever. I love the color combination. You are so talented with everything. Single colors or not. I love it all.

I thought of you the other day when I saw a book offered in my book club for beginning tatting. One day I may just have to try this art form.

Happy Memorial Day.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Singtatter said...

Nice sweet colours and you have taken such great progress photos. Great for you to learn something new!

Reen said...

Nice colour combination.
MSR???? Mayb i'll put in my waiting list with the other techniques that i have to master. said... brain hurts just thinking about it!

rochambeau said...

Hey Tatting Chic,
The tatting lingo is WAY over my head, but not the beauty of that MSR flower!! Just beautiful! Remember, I may not tatt, but love knots!


Marilee Rockley said...

Wow! You have put a lot of work into this - both in gorgeous tatting and very creative explaining. I will refer to your post when I get around to trying this technique. Thanks so much for the generous sharing!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Celestina! You are so sweet! I appreciate your sweet comment and encouragement! That is cool that your book club had that beginning tatting book! That would be way cool if you learned how to tat!

Thanks Singtatter, glad you like the photos!

Hi Reen! Sure, you can learn this whenever you decide it's the right time for you!

LOL, Victats! You are funny!

Hi Constance! Glad you like the tatted flower. Okay, so if you like knots does that make you a "knotty girl"!? BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!! Okay, that was crass, wasn't it?

Thank you so much, Yarnplayer! I'm glad you like the post and I hope that you are able to utilize the information in your own beautiful tatting!

mamatejedora said...

Very nice job, beautiful tatting!!!!!

Unknown said...

Thank you, mamatejedora!

Tattips said...

Your explanations are so superb and clear. I have never thought about moving out to another round with 2 colors. Its excellent. It has endless possibilites.
I love your blog.

Unknown said...

Hi Tattips!
Thanks so much for the comment! I'm glad you find it helpful. Shortly after doing this post Martha Ess brought to my attention a way of climbing out of the round with 2 colors that was even EASIER! I did a post called "A Tale Of Two Split Rings" and between Jane Eborall and I we ended up calling it the DCSSSR or Double Core Single Shuttle Split Ring. If you can do the SSSR it is really easier to do than the Mock Split Ring for climbing out of a round with 2 colors. The SSSR is easy to learn if you can see a good video on it.
Anyway, thanks for saying hello! :)

~TattingChic ♥