Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Spinning Glass Mat

This is the glass mat by Mary Konior, it can be found in her book "Tatting with Visual Patterns".  It was tatted as I visited the Rocky Mountains with relatives from the UK.  I have used a vintage orange thread, Coats size 30.  With one shuttle and ball I used the SLT (shoe lace trick) to switch threads at the outer and inner of each arm.

As I neared the final arm I was not looking forward to those joins.  I am not very good doing the folded join so I looked up what Mary K would have done.  She calls it a Rosette join.  Basic movements are to fold the joining picot so that the back is toward you, then twist the picot up and back and join as normal from the front. It worked like charm.  It is a great pattern to travel with if you can count to four but sometimes even that gets messed up and I had to retro tat in a few spots.

Below are some of the photos I took with my phone while we were showing our UK guests the Rocky Mountains near my home in Western Canada.

Emerald Lake
top of Sulphur Mountain
Lake Louise

Takakkaw Falls
Canoes at Lake Louise
Canoes at Emerald Lake


  1. Lovely colour spinning wheel ! What a 'spin' on the lakes in the Rocky mountains ! Beautiful :-)

  2. Looks like an interesting trip. A rosette join? Ok. Love that colour spinning wheel, glorious.

  3. Wonderful tatting and lovely pictures you look great with that background!

    1. Not me, my niece but a great walk. The falls are fed by a large glacier, apparently very spectacular in the spring and down to frozen falls in the winter.

    2. Oh wow maybe you should go there :)

  4. Lake Louise is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place in the world. We should take our tatting and go for tea at the Chateau! Perhaps a rosette join class? I must get a better profile! Joan (Calgary)

  5. I must agree Joan, Lake Louise is a very beautiful place.


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