Well, I had tatted myself a little pocket out of two sheets of split rings that was useful keeping things together in a bag or on a table, and it gave me an idea for a split ring basket. I thought that a basket, if I made it big enough, could be placed on a table and hold his keys, watch, or other objects.
I went with the idea, deciding that I had enough time to make it large enough.
|Done in size 10 thread, left unstiffened so that the sides can stretch to hold things.|
I was very happy with how it turned out. The variegated thread made it possible to see what way the pattern went, and the size worked for what I wanted.
|I'm not slouching, doc!|
|Okay... Maybe I have put on a few pounds...|
I was a fun piece. I tatted the bottom first. After I had that sheet the size I wanted, I began working on the sides. For the sides, I just went around and around, joining each ring to the one below it. When I reached the beginning, I just joined the ring to the one below and beside, that way the next row would begin above the previous one.
The entire piece was made with split rings, excluding the beginning and ending rings of the bottom and the sides. Those were just normal rings.
I've noticed that some tatters out there don't really like split rings. But if you give them a chance and experiment a little, they are a very useful and fun technique.