Another lady contacted me shortly after, asking about the same motif to add it to their tatting members' newsletter.
This inspired me to tat it again and as I had last played with Swarovski crystals for Bentley, I decided to make it with crystals and matching blue seed beads for the tips.
This is a quick pattern to make and I think it looks effective with beads and adds extra sparkle for use as an ornament.
I still like to use a sparkly filament added to the cotton thread, particularly nice when making "snowflakes" (I made a blogpost about this and here as well). It's always hard to photograph but hopefully you can see it in the blurry photo below (on the right-hand side).
I thought I'd also try Anetta's version with rings instead of beads so if you're not a fan of using beads in tatting, this is what the motif looks like without. I'm going to play a bit more with placement of picots as I'm not totally happy with this version but it does show how easily a pattern can be adapted and many variations made from the same design.
Also in the beadless version above, I used mock rings (a chain joined back at its starting point) instead of thrown rings to see how that would look. A thrown ring looks more "delicate", hanging on by two threads so to speak, whereas the mock rings look more... "sturdy"? It's different and I like both.