Rita's Angel by Riet Surtel-Smeulders
Back of Angel
Front of Angel
Riet writes: "The skirt of the angel is very similar to the skirt of a colonial lady from the "Big Book of Tatting" by Darlene Polachic. I saw that lady in Christmas colors in the Christmas round robin. But as I looked at it I kept thinking about an angel. Well, here is the angel.
The pattern is a bit difficult. When I design I don't draw but I start tatting and see how it looks and sometimes I do things that you can't name easily and it just fits together."
I used Oran Bayan thread 50 in white, green, and red and a bit of gold thread. Wind two shuttles, one with green and one with white threads, take the two ends of thread together, leave an end of about 10 centimeters and made a knot.(When the angel is finished, you use this tail together with the ends at the end, to make a bow at the back of the skirt.)
Begin with the white thread and make a large ring.
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 6 - 2 cl ring RW
CH 10 RW (The knotting thread is green and the cord thread is white, so the green thread is on your left hand)
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 cl ring RW
CH 6 RW
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 cl ring RW
CH 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 + (https://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art21773.asp)shuttle/lock join to 5th picot of last ring)
CH 6 + (shuttle/lock join to 3rd picot of second ring)
CH 10 + (shuttle/lock join to 1st picot of first large ring)
CH 5 (shoelace trick)
CH 4 and before you start the last 4 DS put in a space holder.
Next start the candle. Wind two shuttles, one red and one gold thread. Put the two beginning tails around the green thread and take care that you encapsulate the tails in the whole candle.
The candle chain:
CH 7 RW 1 RW
R 2 - 2 cl ring RW #3
CH 1 RW
CH 7 (note: be sure to carry forward the two tails into the chain.) #4
At the end of the last chain you can cut the two tails but you have to leave the two tails from the two shuttles (later you will tie these two tails together and glue.) Now continue making the hand by tatting 1 DS between the two red chains of the candle; then the green thread goes over the last chain and the white thread goes behind the last chain; next, 2 DS and join to the picot held on the space holder. This completes the hand.
For the arm:
CH 6 + (join to the 6th picot of the started ring.
The body and the head:
CH 6 (shoelace trick) RW 2 RW
R 30 cl ring RW (This is the ring which forms the head.)
CH 2 (shoelace trick) RW 9 + (join to the 6th picot of the starter ring; note: this is the second join into that picot.)
CH 6 + (shuttle/lock join to last picot of starter ring)
CH 10 + (shuttle/lock join after the 2 ds after the head.
Shoelace trick to start the wing.
CH 10 - 10 - 10 (shoelace trick)
R 3 - 3 cl ring (shoelace trick)
CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 RW (shoelace trick)
R 2 - 2 - 2 + (join to last picot of first chain) 2 - 2 - 2 cl ring RW (shoelace trick.)
CH 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 RW (shoelace trick)
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 + (join to the first picot of the first chain) 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 cl ring. RW (shoelace trick)
R 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 + join to beginning of the first ring; cut at about 10 centimeters and make a bow together with the tail from the start.
Wind two shuttles with gold thread CTM. Join between the 11th and 12th DS of the head.
CH 4 + (shuttle/lock join 3 DS farther down the chain.) Repeat this 5 times to create 5 chains; after the last join take the two long tails and add in 4 additional threads to make a braid. Place a red knot at the end of the braid.
Many thanks to dear Riet for sharing her tatting with us for so many years. - Georgia.
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