[HNW] icky blackwork
eowyna at sca-caid.org
Sat Apr 16 07:56:31 PDT 2005
On Sat, 16 Apr 2005 01:27:24 -0700
Carolyn Kayta Barrows <kayta at frys.com> wrote:
>I'm back to feeling inept again. The tatting cotton
>arches over the surface of my linen in big flabby loops,
>The ends of the stitches
>don't match up even if the threads are coming and going
>in the same holes, and what should be straight lines
>aren't anything like straight or continuous.
So -- you have a tension problem (big flabby loops) and a
problem with evenness.
If you want to use a hoop that can help, but I only use it
for pictorial stuff that will be framed. Costume stuff I
do in hand, because the final result will not be under
tension, so I don't want to start that way.
You are starting with an away waste knot, so that you can
tug a bit, yes?
Everyone has been recommending double running stitch --
I'm going to recommend that you use back stitch. If you
tug it just slightly, the holes open up slightly, and the
end of one stitch will indeed butt-up against the next.
That will also solve the tension problem. Historically,
back stitch was used A Lot more than double-running.
Backstitch is more suited for things you will line, like a
cuff, than things you see both sides of, like a ruffle.
But backstitch does give you a crisper line, and it
appears that is what you are looking for.
Double running will not give you stitches that butt-up
next to one another, unless you pierce the preceding
thread. If you are going to pierce threads (which is an
acceptable way of working), then you need to use a sharp
needle, not a tapestry needle.
To get double-running to look nice, one generally does
the return trip in a slanting style. That is, come up in
the same hole but above the thread of the preceding
stitch, and place it in the same hole, but below the
thread of the following stitch.
Also, I am assuming that you are working on something like
30 -36 count linen, working over 2 threads. If it is
higher count linen, then go over 3 or 4 threads (a lot of
the extant historical stuff is on a very fine, high count,
and over an uncounted but close to 3 or 4 number of
threads). I have had exellent results using one strand of
floss (same diameter as the tatting cord, but softer) over
two ground threads on 22-count Hardanger cloth, so unless
you are using something coarser than 22-count, stick with
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