Hanging Cluny Leaf Flower
Pattern and process by Tim TenClay
Copyright 2002 Tim TenClay

Supplies:
1 Shuttle
1 Ball (size 10)

Basic Pattern:
Wrap thread onto shuttle without cutting.
Chain 15
Hanging Cluny Leaf [HCL] (15 wraps) Reverse Work
Chain 15
HCL (15 wraps) Reverse Work
Chain 15, Reverse Work
R 9 p 3 cl r
R 3 j 6 p 3 cl r
R 3 j 6 p 3 cl r
R 3 j 9 cl r
Finish off



Directions:
Believe it or not, I think the HCL is actually easier than a regular cluny leaf.
However, I'm not giving detailed instructions here, you will likely have to know how to make a cluny leaf before my directions will make any sense at all!
If you need to learn how to make a cluny leaf, I would suggest Mimi's Site:
http://home.netcom.com/~ntrop/cluny/instruct.htm

DISCLAIMER: Some of the pictures are blury - it was the best I could do while holding tatting in one hand and a camera in the other.

Tat your base piece (in this case, a chain of 15 DS).
It should look something like this:

Lay it out carefully on the table and cut the shuttle thread about 8 or 10 inches away from the piece.
It should look something like this:

Now you need to make the loom. Hold the chain between your thumb and first (pointer) finger and wrap the ball thread around your middle finger. Bring it back and hold it with your thumb and first finger. This is the first half of your loom.
It should look somethign like this:

To make the second half of the loom, place the cut end of your shuttle thread (not the one connected to the chain!) next to ball thread that you just put between your thumb and first finger and wrap the shuttle thread around your fourth (ring) finger, bringing the end that's attached to the shuttle around to hold between your thumb and first finger.
(Note: the HCL has a 4-string loom rather than a 3-string loom like the "regular" cluny leaf)
It should look something like this:

Just to help you get your bearings, the following picture shows the full loom. The thread laying on top of it is the 8-10 inch tail you left after cutting the shuttle thread

Now, begin weaving on your loom just like you would for a regular cluny leaf using the tail that's connected to your original chain.
It should look something like this:

Here's a picture of the leaf about half-way finished:

When finished weaving your whole leaf, carefully lay it out on the table.
The ball and shuttle threads should be towards the bottom.
There should be two loops and the remainder of your "tail" (the one you used for weaving) on the top.
(NOTE: There is also another tail from the shuttle thread you used to make the loom).

CAREFULLY and GENTLY pull the shuttle thread and the ball thread down.
Make sure you don't get twists in your loops or the leaf won't "close" well.
When it's all pulled together, there will be a tail on the hanging end of the leaf (which you can carefully cut off - you can tug on this first to help shape your leaf) and a tail on the connected end of the leaf (which you can tat over and hide in your next chain).
Once you've cut the weaving tail, do not pull too hard on the shuttle or ball thread or it is possible to unravel the tip of the leaf a little.

Of course, if you have any questions, I will try to answer them. I just came up with the HCL today, so, I'm still working some of the quirks out of it.

Grace and Peace,
`tim
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