I have another idea that needs some research: How to diagram a chain of pearl tatting with alternating sections on the core of 3 DS? After some browsing through my tatting books, I decided I really needed to use different colors; or at the very least, a zig-zag line. Both solutions are outside my original display parameters.
After some browsing on line, I see Mark (tatman) uses both color and zig-zag. But then he’s a graphic artist and much more talented than I.
A quick check of Jane Eborall’s site shows she also uses different colors for the two lines of stitches.
So, my next task is to practice making those zig-zag lines in the graphics program. But today, I’d rather tat.