Nope, this will not flatten out. No chance. There is just too much tension between the elements.
I had to stop there and re-consider my options...
... snip, snip, snip...
The centre of this motif is quite simple and traditional: a good place to start. But it's the second round that particularly appeals to me. Now that I've "freed" them from each other, you can see that these two motifs with the stitch count as it is were never going to fit together, were they. Well, they did for Anne Orr obviously (though you'll see what happens when I show you the photo next post) but not with my tatting.
My plan is to re-tat the second round first and then make a centre for it. Yes?
And then there is just a bit more on Jane's TIAS. Still not much to go by to try to guess what it is. The one good thing though is that it required a split chain which I'd not tatted since making the video for it (this is the method shown to me by Marie Smith). I was able to do it without having to refer to the video - yeah!- and it worked well! I know many tatters shy away from split chains but honestly, give Marie's method a try, I'm sure you'll find it's easier than you thought!
Oh, one last thing: is anyone having problems with the butterfly cursor? I've had one reader say the links on my blog didn't work with the butterfly... I like it myself but I won't keep it if it's problematic. Please let me know!