This little motif is my first attempt to replicate the rose motif at page 15 of Priscilla Tatting #3.
At page 14 there's a large "Centrepiece in knot stitch tatting" (Figure 48), in which they propose a stitch (different from first or second half of a ds) made with the working shuttle over the thread around the hand, that mimics the ds and can be also used in place of a split chain (when you join to the right with core thread leaving a space of bare thread and go back tatting over that narrow space). In my opinion it is faster than tatting a split chain, once you get the hang of it. But it needs exercise, and my first sample is not as regular as the sample in the book. It took me a ridiculous amount of time! For the centrepiece, you would tat 109 roses and 162 leaves! Tatting all those motifs can take a lifetime! But for sure I'll tat a second one, it's lovely, isn't it?
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