A bit more of my adventures in tatsaway land. When I learned to tat the dear lady had no written or charted patterns all she did was edgings. The edgings were very elegant but used only rings and picots--the picots were not joined and there were no chains. After getting the hang of rings and picots I slowly began re-inventing everything that has been done already--except written and charted patterns.
To me patterns were something you figured out as you went with no two items ever the same even if I was trying to remember how I did it before. Joining at picots was a challenge...my technique wasn't particularly good but it worked--since then I've learned a much quicker, easier, nicer, prettier way to do joins. Chains were rediscovered when I picked up the wrong thread--crochet 10 thread--and began tatting...the ring was a disaster but the chain was discovered.
My next project is to learn how to add a picture to my blog...I have a few scans but they aren't the kind of thing one wants to show off...I used them to learn to read patterns....with more mistakes than anything...maybe I will eventually post them to help others learn the easier way...education not experience...