Winner of the Piney Woods Harvest Event:
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After a quick jaunt to the local Hobby Lobby (which is a little ways away), I returned home and got the two final chain rounds completed on the motif:
The last two chain rounds have the same count and are placed 1 on each side of the previously tatted work. Remember to cut off a good portion of thread to weave the chains. A little hint- I use a second needle to help move my working thread about as I am tatting. The counts are:
+ through top cap to the left of previously worked chains, CH 9 followed by 5 graduated picots 9 CL + to the next corresponding spot, pull working thread through & continue around motif, tie & cut.
+ through top cap to the right of previously worked chains, CH 9 followed by 5 graduated picots 9 CL + to the next corresponding spot, pull working thread through & continue around motif, tie & cut.
This will position the chains with picots close to each other to provide a little "fluff".
Feel free to experiment with different size picots, or adjust the stitch count and omit the picots. Just have fun!
For the last step, I used the two thread ends in the center of the interlocking chain-ring foundation to anchor the antique Czech glass button. Pull the threads through to the back of the motif, tie & cut. For extra security I placed a tiny dab of E6000 on the knot.
Since I replenished my bead & jingle bell supply, I hope to finish the wreath motif variations that are in progress & share them with you tomorrow. Until then~