In my previous post, I discussed working the Leaf Braid in size 40 Lizbeth "Grape Splash," and wondering how long a piece of lace 15 yards of thread would yield. It's about 13" - but there's a *gotcha* - it's not a straight piece of lace! It turns a corner!!
I'm bad about not paying strict attention to my tatting - I'll be tatting and chatting, or tatting and reading, or tatting while watching a movie (at home), which generally leads to frogging. This was the case when I was working on the Leaf Braid the other night - I turned over my work to start a new set of rings, and found that I had only done the first of the two rings the last time I worked on that side of the braid. The braid had a definite bend to it, due to the missing ring; this started me thinking - could this be the way to turn a corner on this edging? I worked another single ring (the first of the set), then reversed to work the "outside" where I worked another set of two rings, joined. I reversed it again - the bend was at a more noticeable angle. I kept working.
Three single rings were needed to make a nice, square inside corner. I turned just the one corner and kept going straight - so one side measures a bit over six inches, the other over seven inches. I found I could get a nice, flat braid by leaving a bare thread space of about 1/8" when I reversed work; and a very small 1/16" bare thread space between the pair of joined rings.
I like to experiment in tatting - and what if starts me off on a new adventure. What if you tatted the Leaf Braid, with the corner variation, but just did all first rings of the set on one side?
Of course, I got all bead-happy - but it would look pretty with just the beads in the middle of the circles of rings. I may make another, with just those - if I do, I'll post it so you can see it. I used four yards of thread for this - didn't have to cut it from the shuttle, as I was finger-tatting the last ring! Nine points works fine - it lays flat - but if you wanted ten, I think that would work as well.