created by joining Vintage Triangles,
This is one of those optical illusions where you can't really tell that this
tulip is actually created with little triangles; and in this case, the colors
I must give credit to Sue from Michigan, who last October posted about her experiments in creating fabric 'shapes' by connecting the little vintage triangles edge to edge, rather than point to point. Jane Eborall has done something similar in the past, using a diamond shape, and has recently posted about a similar new project!
Links to Sue's posts are here:
The little triangle itself is a vintage pattern from long ago. This past January, Gina (Tatting Goddess) wrote several in-depth posts about them, starting with this post.
As mentioned above, usually the triangles are joined at their tips, which then creates triangle-shaped 'open spaces'.
This is the basic triangle,
except I have added a picot on
all the small rings to more tightly
join the triangles together.
The fact that each tip in this triangle is a different color happened by chance, as explained below.
First circle - random colors
When I first began tatting and connecting the triangles, I wound Jelly Bean thread on the shuttle, and started making a ring, without any thought to the color coming off the shuttle.
With each triangle I started the first ring with whatever color was 'next'. After joining the six triangles as I tatted them, I ended up with the above interesting circle. (I might add that tatting the triangles gives one a lot of practice with the 'no-twist join' on the last ring of each triangle, and especially on the last triangle! And, of course, there are ends to hide.)
Second circle - controlled colors
When I began to tat a second circle, I just happened to start the first triangle with the purple thread. And as I tatted, it amazed me that the next large ring was orange, and the last, green.
I wondered if that would happen consistently, and it did, by starting with the purple thread. (Doing this eliminates the reddish color thread.)