As far as traditional tatting is concerned it is difficult to distinguish between the right and left side of the work. My new method requires only a slight change in the technique but I believe it can make the work even more beautiful and excellent.
The technique involves a half stitch shift of the position of a picot. The shift is shown on the illustrations; fig.1 is a chain and fig.2 is a ring. The actual and schematic representations are marked "a" and "b" respectively.
Fig.1 - The Chain
- 2 double stitches.
- Third double stitch: a half stitch, space which will become a picot; a half stitch and having drawn the half stitches together a picot is achieved inside the third double stitch.
- Fourth double stitch.
- Fifth double stitch: a half stitch, space, half stitch and a picot in the middle of the fifth double stitch.
The procedure is repeated in double stitches no. 6, 7, and 8. For the sake of comparison, the last picot in the element is made traditionally, ie. between double stitches nos. 9 and 10.
Fig.2 - The Ring
The principle is identical as in the case of the chain. In the "a" section of the illustrations there are numbers placed inside the elements (1 to 11 in the chain and 1 to 15 in the ring). It is just an auxiliary numeration of the successive double stitches. However, the most significant numbers are those placed outside the elements - they tell how many double stitches are to be made. A double stitch with a picot inside is marked by two dots separated by a short line (slash). A dot is used to mark a half stitch in order to avoid numeral fractions which looked untidy and cumbersome on paper.
So let us remember:
- The direction of the work is clockwise.
- The numerals denote the number of double stitches.
- The first dot (before the slash) denotes the first half stitch.
- The slash is a picot.
- The second dot (after the slash) denotes the second half stitch.
Perhaps it is not very modest of me to name the technique "Metoda Jana", (or John's Method as translated). Nevertheless, having access to numerous publications on tatting (eg. English, American. German and Japanese), I have not encountered my method in any of them. Therefore, owing to the fact that I invented the technique and use it in my works, I believe my immodesty will be forgiven.
I hope that the method l am proposing will prove uncomplicated and useful. I am certain that you will be pleased with the effect of your work. I wish you good luck.
In the chart below comparison between the traditional and Jan's method the pattern is created with two shuttles. A, B, and C etc, denote the succession of work. The broken arrows indicates the direction of work. The arrows marked "x" indicate the places where shuttles need to be switched after a chain is finished.