Another Day, another technique. The Two-stage Dimple Ring (nicknamed, Yorkie Dimple, by Sherry Pence) 2008. I spent 1/2 hour with size 20 Flora, medium pink varigated thread.
The first effort is the lighter color, followed by the second pinker heart. Then I decided to try adapting a pattern from a photo I'd seen; changing the stitch numbers. I decided I like the heart, chain, two rings, chain and another heart... and, I think it looks nice in the variations of pink. I have a white linen hankie and will begin the edging tomorrow. This is for my Secret Sister at Guild on Valentine's Day 2009.
Nothing goes smoothly the first time. I had a problem closing the Yorkie Dimple at first ; but caught on fairly quick. After doing the heart I had to decide where to add joining picots to my edging. After a few tries (above) I think I have it sorted out fairly close to how the final pattern will work. I did not care for the two hearts side-by-side.
I encourage you to try the technique as it isn't really hard; just a bit fiddly at first. You can find the instructions on Jane Eborall's Pattern site, under, "Two-Stage Dimple Ring, in the techniques section.
Addendum: It occured to me that many tatters learn new techniques daily; so some may ask, "What's the big deal?" Well, my blog is really about my journey in tatting and hopefully will encourage other new and relatively new tatters to keep on tatting and practicing. While our work may not look like the work of those who've been at this for years ~ the joy IS in the journey; and each new accomplishment is worth a little celebration. Not as a boast, but as a sigh that says, "I'm coming along, I'm beginning to be able to call myself a tatter." Besides, believe it or not; there are those friends who want to see how this "old git" is progressing (to paraphrase Jane Eborall) with her tatting projects.