Friday, August 14, 2009

Lessons in Design

I've been spending a lot of time doing HOMEWORK. (Yes, homework!) I've been participating in the Design-Tat class, and doing my lessons to learn about designing my own tatting patterns. Hopefully I am not getting ahead of myself before I really learn how to actually tat better, but I think it's helping to see how the number and placement of stitches makes a piece curve one way or the other, lay flat, and of course, be visually pleasing.

I really wish I had more time to just play and test out some thoughts, but I'll be thankful I have a job to hold my creativity back!

So far we've looked at how the length of chains changes the shape of an edge, and where joins are made also changes the direction of the lace. The number of picots in a piece can make the lace look full, but the same pattern without picots can be pleasing straight lines for another reason. Best of all, picots can add about anything you want based on how long, how graduated, how far apart, if they are joins, if they are cut, fringed, etc. It's very enlightening to read other students' thoughts and evaluations of each lesson. I know I'll never remember it all, so I'm trying to keep a good notebook of samples with text and findings for review.

I think I'll be getting to design something of my own in one of the next lessons. THAT should be interesting, if nothing else.


  1. Stopping by to say thank you for entering my giveaway. Good luck to you in the drawing.

    You are so much faster than me with the homework for the design class.

  2. Yes, you are doing much better than I currently am about keeping up with the design-tat lessons. But I buckled down tonight and worked on the cloverleaf lesson. (I was sure I already understood everything there was to know about clovers...then my first sample didn't look right! Just goes to show that there is always more to learn.)

    Great job on your lessons. You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  3. How awesome that you are doing that! I wish I had more time for something like that. Right now I'm busy with other things. It looks like you are learning a lot! :)

  4. Wow - it looks like you are learning tons! I would like to do that class as well, but .... the time thing! Keep up the good work! : ) Fox

  5. Wow, that you're keeping all that in a notebook! I wish I was that organized and had such a good idea. Good luck on your class.