Sunday, 29 April 2012

A Rose by Any Other Name...

As usual, once I open a Mary Konior book, I always see something else that strikes my fancy.  After yesterday's motif, I was attracted to this rose which is very similar to the flower in the Tischband.  The rose is actually part of a collar pattern but after making two as in the collar, I decided to make one as stand alone.

This enabled me to practice my newly learned technique for the split chain (video in the making, still in the editing process) which is great - more on that soon.

Rose adapted from the Rose Collar pattern 
from "Tatting Patterns" by Mary Konior (pp. 52-55)

The thread is Autumn Splash by Yarnplayer
and as I was tatting, I kept thinking it reminded me of something...

I hope Yarnplayer will forgive me but eventually
it came to me....

Fruit Loops!

I've not eaten those since I was a child
and even then, not very often as my mother 
never wanted to buy them!

And the design itself reminds me of the Tudor Rose:

I realise now I need to work on those "blip less joins" for this type of tatting in variegated thread.... or is that to do with front-side/back-side tatting....?

Best wishes,


  1. It does look like the Tudor Rose!!!

    My mother wouldn't buy Fruit Loops either- too much sugar she said.

    I can hardly wait for your split chain video, that is something that I haven't mastered yet and your videos are SO helpful!!!

    1. They don't make them here. Maybe I'll have to buy my children a box when we're next in Canada! No doubt I'd be disappointed if I had them now... :-))

  2. Love your fruit loop tudor rose!

  3. It is so beautiful and you're right, it does look like fruit loops! Your tatting is impeccable as always. Can't wait to see the new video!

  4. Very pretty! I do see the Fruit Loop connection, although I've never actually had them. Our choices were Wheaties or Cheerios in the Summer, oatmeal or Cream of Wheat in the winter... no sugar added!

    1. Very healthy indeed Diane! I guess many mothers had that in common... and now I find I say the same things to my children!

  5. Fruit loops indeed! You have a real knack for digging gems out of the Mary Konior books - I'm not even sure which one this rose is in. Blipless joins (as recently presented by Jane E.) are a derivative of frontside/backside. The FS/BS method of dealing with them is to reverse the join, i.e. a frontside down join gets replaced by a backside up join, to move the coloured stitch cap to the back of the work. I'd love you to try Jane's blipless joins, and report back, because I have had a terrible time making mine look nice. there is an extra thread in the equation that will not sit where it is supposed to. In lieu of a colour blip, I have a slightly distorted ds. Drives me nuts!

  6. you are right, it does look very much like a Tudor Rose, right down to the leaves.
    and those are the colors of Fruit Loops. we only got them at grandma's house, she would buy those little single serving boxes in variety packs.

    1. Ah yes, those little boxes were so appealing... and still are to children today!

  7. Great motif!!! And great colors!!! :)

  8. That's a really pretty motif -- what are you going to do with it?
    Oh, good -- for the split chain video. I learned to go one way with them, from left to right. I wish someone would do a video showing right to left. When I have to work right to left, I turn the work over the do left to right, then all the stitches are backwards from the other chains. *sigh*

  9. A really lovely pattern that does look like a Tudor Rose, I also love the thread, it is hard to hide bips when using different colours.

    I have tried the split chain but I found it hard, I look forward to your video.

  10. beautiful thread and tatting


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