Rings has been interlocked by tatters for a long time, but I don't know when they started to interlock split rings. In case you have any info, please be so kind to leave me a comment, it's always nice to learn a bit of tatting history.
I first discovered interlocking rings in 2010, when I found a page at www.snowgoose.com, but it is no more available. About interlocking split rings in the way described here, like a watch chain, last year I found them by chance but then I learnt that I was re-discovering the wheel again... ha ha ha!!!
There's really few differences between 3 methods I've learnt for tatting a soft chain mail of interlocking split rings.
I used white thread in SH1 and yellow in SH2.
The method 1 in picture is showed in a video by Karen Cabrera (entrelanzaderas.blogspot.com):
frivolite-tatting lesson 78 - anillos divididos entrelazados - interlocking split rings 1
The SH1 shuttle passes through the loop only one time, from back to front.
The method 2 in picture is almost the same, but rings overlap differently.
I found this is easier for me, because I almost close the loop of the first SR, then first I put around the hand the loop for the second SR and then I close the first SR, leaving the second loop in position.
In this case I passed through the loop with SH1 shuttle, two times from front to back.
The third method is very similar to what has been showed by Kathy Niklewicz for tatting her interlocking rings, here: kathysvictoriantattedlace.blogspot.it/2013/03/interlocking-rings-made-with-shuttle.html
This is my favourite method, in fact I can always forget to post the shuttle inside any loop before closing! Poor me, absent minded tatter!
Anyway, who cares the method, with a tiny metallic size 70 thread?
There are at least two other methods for the "tatted watch chain" that I love, even they are not interlocking split rings, but they looks really like that. One is a charming chainmail finger tatted by Teri Dusenbury, it is explained here: teridusenburystattletales.blogspot.it/2014/10/tatted-jewelry-eye-candy-tatbits-tigers.html . Another clever chainmail was tatted by Jane McLellan, using one shuttle and only rings, here: janemactats.blogspot.it/2012/12/how-to-tat-chain-maille.html .
You see, I didn't do much tatting lately, but I progress with the Bosa's lace, it's almost done!
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