Saturday, April 13, 2013

Picture Tutorial for Interlocking SCMRs

***Please forgive me if this isn't good.  I have never taught by pictures before.  :)

First, I would prefer to use one thread instead of 2 connected, but I think it is better for teaching some things.  Sorry about the extra brightness in this picture.

 I have my pinkie wrapped to make my chains, and then I take my shuttle thread and make a loop around my ring finger which will be used to close the SCMR.
I make my chain(this is 20 double stitches).
 Then, I put the shuttle through the loop which was on the ring finger.
And I draw that shuttle thread through the loop, doing my best to hold each end of the "chain" and keeping it's shape nice,

 until it resembles a ring.
Next, I start another "chain" leaving a small bit of the thread(purple here).  Don't forget to have your closing loop(I have to constantly restart because I forget).

 Here it is just before interlocking.
Take your loop for your scmr and the beginning of your "chain" and bring them to the back of the first ring and carefully pull them through the center of the ring.
 Straighten out your look and your chain.
 Bring shuttle through loop to make SCMR.
 And carefully close SCMR.  Now you have 2 interlocked SCMRs.
A little clearer picture here.
 Continue making the SCMRs till you have the number you need until just before the last one.
This is my 3rd one.
 Closing the 3rd SCMR.
 Here are 3 interlocked SCMRs.
This picture shows 4 done and the fifth one being added(which is the last SCMR for this motif).
I have tatted the "chain" and brought the loop and end of the "chain" through the center of the 4th SCMR(ring).
 Next, I bring that same loop around the back of the first SCMR(ring), and then out through the center to the front of it.
 I then put my shuttle through the loop and carefully close that last SCMR(ring).

I then cut the threads and use a crochet hook to pull them through to the back side(try to the "purple" one back through the ring, and the "white"one through the center of the motif).

Then tie.

I made this one with 5 interlocking SCMRs today for this tutorial.
Here is the 6 interlocking SCMR I made last night, and the 5 interlocking SCMR I made this morning for this tutorial.
I sure hope this helps those who are interested.
One thing I must say, this really isn't too hard nor does it take too long.  :)
**This coming from a beginner.  :)


Jolimama said...

Én is megpróbálom, talán így sikerül. Köszönöm:-)

Michelle said...

Aren't you just the smartest cookie ever? Thank you so much! I will try this!

Michelle said...

And pin it too!

God's Kid said...

Hope it works!! :)
I know nothing of pinning it Michelle, sorry. :)

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

You make it look so easy! I may even give it a try. ;-)

God's Kid said...

Believe it or not Diane, it is kinda easy. You should try!! You have been tatting longer than I have so I figure you should be able to get it!! :)

Ladytats said...

fantastic!! Good for you to figure this out. I too will pin and give it a try.

Jane McLellan said...

Well done, fantastic idea! I'll have to try it to get my head around it. Thanks for the tutorial. It's not easy to do tutorials.

Margarets designer cards said...

Brilliant, I am sitting I bed with flu at the moment but in my half state of mind it looks so easy.
Well done

Kathy Niklewicz said...

The great thing is that we shuttle tatters are discovering various ways to do these rings! This is also a clever method! I haven't tried it yet, as I'm not as experienced with SCMRs, but it certainly is a unique idea. I also noticed you seem to use the crochet hold, as I do?

Sunela said...

Great idea!! Thanks for sharing

Jane Eborall said...

Just got round to trying this. I've tried all the other methods and failed dismally. This is TOTALLY and UTTERLY inspired and works like a dream. Thank you SO much.

God's Kid said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!! I truly appreciate them all!! :)
Kathy, I am not really experienced at SCMRs yet either, but for some reason every time I saw the interlocking rings I had this urge to try, I did. :D As for using a crochet hold, that what I do??? I couldn't really say. I just tat. :)
Jane, I am truly honored that someone as experienced as you tried this. I am so glad it works!!! :)

Sharon said...

I just got home from the Fingerlakes (NY)tatting workshop. Yesterday I took a needle tatting class with Kelly Dunn to learn to do interlocking rings. There were 2other shuttle tatters in class with the same idea -- learn it with needle and then try and translate to shuttle. You did it!!! Wow!! Can't wait to catch up and unpack so I can try it Your way. Thanks for sharing.

God's Kid said...

Hi Sharon, thanks for the comment!! I sure hope the interlocking SCMRs work good for you!! :)
I can't wait to actually make a project with them, but that's on hold(at least until I rebel at responsibilities). :D

Sharon said...

It works!!! It works!!! Thank you, thank you for working thids out and posting the tutorial. Soon as I work in thread tails, I'll be posting my shuttle tatted version of the Celtic Star I took the needle tatting class to learn.

God's Kid said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see your Celtic Star Sharon!!! :)

tatlyn said...

I'm one of the Okla. girls that was at Finger Lakes...just got home last night and I can't wait to try this! It looks so easy--your pictures are great! Thank you for the tutorial.

God's Kid said...

I hope it works well for you tatlyn!! :)

GraceT said...

Found my way here from Jane McClellan's blog. This is ingenious! Can't wait to try it...

muskaan said...

Dear Sue,
I Finally got it right !!! And it is SO SO EASY. This technique has now opened the door wider for myriad applications.
Can you see I am jumping with joy ;-)))
Thanks for sharing this pictorial.
I will share my experiments soon. The mind-block is finally cleared, phew !

God's Kid said...

Thank you muskaan!! I am so glad it helped!!! :) I was stunned that I figured that out especially as a "new" tatter. :)