Until last year twisted picot joins, which are part and parcel of MANY wonderful tatting designs, were a MAJOR stumbling block for me. Try as I might I could NOT complete any motif with that critical join without it becoming twisted and ending up a lumpy mess. After many failed attempts I put my shuttles into a dark, dark corner of my closet and they didn't see the light of day for MANY years. Then last spring I became interested in tatting again after reading many of the wonderful tatting blogs in cyberspace and I finally had my AHA moment when the twisted picot join became a building block rather than a stumbling block.
This is my first motif for the 25 motif challenge which I joined on New Years Day and is also the first piece I have made from Mary Konior's book, Tatting With Visual Patterns. It is called Posy. It is a wonderful motif made with just one shuttle and MANY twisted picot joins. The thread is Lizbeth #663, size 20. My photograph doesn't do this color justice. It is deeper and shinier and I LOVE IT!
As I worked on this motif with its MANY twisted picot joins, I decided that I would like to try my hand at a tutorial on what else... TWISTED PICOT JOINS! I welcome any input on the tutorial if anything seems unclear or changes need to be made. I sure don't want to lead anyone down the garden path!
So here is the link to my first ever tatting tutorial (or you can just scroll down because it's the post before this one): Tatting - Twisted Picot Join