Diamond Rio Bookmark/Edging
Original design by Sabina Carden-Madden
©Paradise Treasures, October 2001

Diamond Rio is the first of a 5 piece series, using the 4 back-to-back
cluny leaves that make the motif creating a diamond. Inspired by the
Kite with Cluny tail Mimi demonstrated in the Online Tatting Class.
This simple edging is dedicated to Mimi Dillman, who graciously taught
an awesome class in the art of Cluny Tatting in which I participated.
Mimi, a most talented tatter, does the prettiest clunys I have ever
seen. Thank you Mimi for cluny corrupting me, I am hooked for sure!

I learned to shuttle tat when I was 12 from a 72 yr. old Aunt of a
child I babysat at the time. Unfortunately she died soon after I met
her, her family had disposed of her belongings without consideration
of the art. I knew then that I had to carry on with it or it would be
lost. After tatting for 27 years alone, I am delighted to have found
the online tatting community, sharing in the wealth of knowledge,
resources, and new friends afforded us now on the internet.

My sincerest thanks to Georgia Seitz for her kindness, her insights and
hosting such a wonderful class. Always more to learn!

R = Ring
RW = Reverse work
CH = Chain
MP = Mock picot
<> = Cluny leaf
<#>=Passes in cluny leaf
LS = Lock stitch
* rep = repeat from

Side 1 : R 8 - 8 RW * Ch 8, MP,
<12> LS x 2, MP <12> LS x 2, + MP (create a ring of cluny leaves), Ch 8 RW, R 8 - 8*, * rep motif to desired length

Turn about: CH 8, SR 8 / 8, SR 8 / 8

Side 2: *Ch 8, + <> MP, Ch 8 RW,
R 8 + 8* RW, * rep to end of hide ends

Picots can be added for joining to cloth or decoration as desired.

Mock picots should be very small, large enough to allow your crochet hook the draw second shuttle thread through for joining. Mock picots indicated after a chain of 8 ds and before the set of 4 successive cluny leaves can be eliminated provided you feel comfortable inserting the crochet hook into the space after the last ds of the chain and the beginning of the first cluny leaf. Mock picots indicated after the 2nd of 4 cluny leaves can as well be eliminated by the same principle and inserting the crochet hook in the space between the end of the previous cluny leaf and the beginning of the next.

Make a mock picot by tatting a lock stitch (the first HS [half stitch] without transfering [flipping] the loop) and following it with a correct second HS.

I use lock stitches to enhance the crispness of the cluny leaf end, minimize twisting of the leaf and to hold the chains in place and keep them from stretching. They can as well be eliminated as personal preference.

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Graphics watermarked with Digimarc & edited by Charles D. Madden

Revised May 29, 2003