Saturday afternoon I was in the Celtic Knotted Picot Ornament Motif class taught by Bina Madden. I'd never met Bina Madden before and I really enjoyed her. She has an "intense" personality and a lovely laugh. She described herself as a "tatting technician"--and she could really explain how to do a technique.
The list of techniques needed to make her motif was intimidating: Beaded Celtic Knotted Picot, Split Rings and Rings on Rings, Beads in a Picot, Mock Ring Chain with beaded base. The Celtic Picot was a new technique for me. Actually though, if you took the motif one ds at a time, it wasn't bad at all.
The base of the ornament basically was done in four quarters....I unfortunately was so enthralled that I had "gotten" the technique that I didn't pay attention and joined the 3rd quarter to the first quarter....with the metallic thread, I gave up at that point and spent some time talking to the people around me for a few minutes (it was almost time for the class to be over.)
When I got home I practiced with some lovely size 10 Lizbeth thread and pink beads that were in our "goodie" bag from the seminar....you'll see them show up in a future post when I decorate a t-shirt with them....Anyway, once I got the technique down cold using the metallic thread, I was able to make all four parts of her motif, which is supposed to be two-sided and can be worn as a pendant.
However at this point I decided I liked just the first two parts, and since I don't wear many necklaces anyway, I put them on a covered notebook that I was making. I also changed the design abit by turning the second part a quarter of a turn. I like the way the beads looked that way.