Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Lacking Efficiency...

I don't know what's the matter with me at the moment but I seem to struggle to get things done! Everything is taking too long and I'm not accomplishing all that I want/wish.  Do you have times like that too?  Even my blog is suffering a bit at the moment.

This pattern for example... has taken me aaaaages!  I think I'm getting there with it but it's been way too long in the making.


I kinda like the fact that the little crystal star in the centre
sits inside a star made by the chains around it,
which in turn is at the heart of the larger star.

A star within a star within a star!

It helps to look at it from further away to see this I think...


Still, I never quite got to the "YESSSS, it's done now, I like it!".  I kept fiddling with it and fiddling with it...  Not completely satisfied but I think this will be it.  I've made so many samples already that I should have enough to send to family and friends and hopefully it has given me ideas for other designs.



Look at that lovely stack of stars!
... and more have been made since.



Anyone has a suggestion for a name?
I've called it "Crystal Star" for now
which is not very imaginative.


There were some questions on the original post about how the crystal centre was made...  I was trying to avoid using a loop-tatted ring as I think many tatters may find that technique a bit daunting. What I ended up doing is making one really large picot and adding all the crystals to that same picot and making joins into it.  It's just a matter of getting the right size of picot and manipulating it as you add each new crystal.

Oh, I just noticed...
the yellow thread inside the crystals
make yet another tiny star!



I will draw 5 names from the comments to this post to receive a free pattern.

And don't forget, if you have a better name suggestion,
it would be gratefully received!


Best wishes,
Frivole

51 comments:

  1. "STELLAR!" although I like Crystal Star just fine :-) It's a beauty - it's stellar ;-)
    Nice tip about beads. I has tried something very similar with my bracelet (single bead in centre) but didn’t like the look (thread around). Must've been doing something wrong, or perhaps it was the number of beads that makes a difference. I just love how great your's is. As always :-)

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    1. Stars in her Eyes' ;
      'Star Gazer '
      Super Nova
      Star Flash !

      (sorry for going crazy ... a couple more came to mind, but they have already been taken ages back)

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    2. I do like "Stellar" Muskaan... but unfortunately, it's a name i've already used for one of my free patterns.

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  2. Love this star. Using bicone beads was very smart.

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  3. I love all things star and star-shaped. Because it's an original, how about Alpha? I love the bicones in there too -- I put a lot of those crystal on my snowflakes too. They really bring in the light!

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  4. I love that it not only has stars in stars in stars but also hearts!

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  5. I like the name Crystal Star, but I also think you could call it 4 in 1 Star(which isn't as cool as Crystal Star). :)

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  6. This is a very pretty star. I like the idea of having a star inside a star inside a star inside a star. I like the name Crystal Star. A pretty name for a pretty star.

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  7. Beautifully creative!
    Am anxious to try this picot technique.
    Name? : Celestial Radiance/ Celestial Shimmer/ Celestial Splendor/ Celestial Majesty
    A Thesaurus is almost as much fun as tatting.😉

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    1. Very regal names there Randi! They sound great... but nearly too grand for my modest design. :-)

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  8. Wonderful star, and clever way to add the beads to the center. I had been trying to figure out how you did it but couldn't solve the mystery!

    I know what you mean about getting stuck on a design. For me, the finished tatting never turns out how I had envisioned it. For what it's worth, I don't see any areas in your design that could be improved. I'd call it finished!

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  9. Very nice star. Maybe A Star Within a Star.

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  10. Beautiful work and very inventive. I would call it a starburst heart.
    Regards. Bożena

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  11. TWinkle Star? Or maybe Star Bright? It's lovely, whatever you call it.

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  12. Now I've got 2 ideas... both from the same song.... Starry Starry Night or Vincent. I looked at it and they popped into my head, registered and popped out again!!

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  13. What great names! I like celestial star within a star which is a bit of a combination of what I've read. Not original enough to qualify, I'm sure.it's a lovely pattern!

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  14. Super Star! susiearnholt@writeme.com

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  15. Very pretty! I'm terrible at coming up with names. I think Crystal Star is just fine. When the pattern is available, I will buy it no matter what its name!

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  16. How about Christmas Crystal Star

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  17. This star is beautiful! I'm a new tatter and would love to have this pattern so that I can make stars to hang on our Christmas tree this year. Would you be able to write a blog post explaining how to do the large picot and adding the beads in the center?

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  18. I like EVERYTHING about this design! Maybe for a name - Star Repeats?!?!

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  19. What a beautiful star! I tried to think of a name that spoke to the increasingly large concentric stars - because words are as much fun as tatting! I came up with Amplified Star, which is not very poetic. Than I found these definitions for "rise" in the Merriam Webster Thesaurus: "to increase in height, size or volume" and "to extend above other objects". To me that captures your star - the Rising Star.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us.

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  20. Lovely - I especially love the "snowdrift" photo with all of your beautiful work! I think the lack of progress is somehow related to the change of seasons. It's taking me forever to get things done too.

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  21. How about "Star Light", since the crystals reflect the light of the star.

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  22. I tuely love your designs. All the names fit.... a true crystal star will always guide you home. I can wait to tat this smiling star.

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  23. Beautiful! As for a name suggestion, how about Estrella? (Spanish for star).

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    1. That's a pretty suggestion Christina, I like the word "estrella" and it was actually one I had considered!

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  24. Your creativity and attention to detail in everything you design always inspires me. I rather like your star name but was also thinking of a name with Celestial .... but someone has already suggested that. Given the multiple star shapes within the design, perhaps Stars Galore.

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  25. Lovely star, you are so talented.

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  26. How about "Interstellar"? Whatever you call it, I love the design.

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  27. Oh, that looks familiar!!! I couldn't think where I'd seen it before. Then I had a look on google images and look what I came up with!!! Just take out the cabone ring and 'Bob's your uncle'.
    http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/Snow4Ring.pdf

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    1. Dear Jane, I don’t think Bob’s my uncle! :-) Yes, there are similarities as they are both tatted five-point stars but our styles are certainly different and both patterns look quite distinct to me! :-)

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  28. It's so lovely. I'm bad at names. Jeweled star? Or name it after a star in your favorite constellation Aludra or Polaris....

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  29. I love your pattern, gorgeous crystal middle. I know I am late to be entered into your draw, I have been away again for another injection in my eye, I have one more injection to go at the end of November, and then they will see if this treatment has worked.
    My blog has been suffering too recently keep having to go away to Sheffield and then not been able to see properly for a few days is not helping.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your health problems Margaret and Sheffield is a long way away for treatment! I hope it's successful. :-)

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  30. Lovely pattern. Star Brite or Double Star for names? Now very good at naming things either.

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  31. Eis ist ein sehr schöns Muster für einenStern. Starlight wäre mein Vorschlag für Name für denStern.
    Aber Crystal Star ist ein guter Name. Es ist schwer einen guten Namen zu benennen.

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  32. Very nice- you are so creative. The "arms" of the star remind me of trees. Maybe Conifer star?

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  33. So creative with the extra long picot for the crystals. Very pretty.

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  34. I really love the way you've done the center beads and I, too, am eager to learn how you did it. How about something like...
    Finding the Stars Within
    Stars Within
    Searching for the Stars

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  35. I like the star and the name, but if you are looking for another name I think it looks like pine cones so crystalline star or crystalline pine star.

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    1. Yes, you're right Dawn: I hadn't seen it like that but now you mention it, I can see what you mean.

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  36. The star is lovely, I love the elongated arms so that it's not "stubby" like some are. I have to little imagination to come up with better names, but alot of very good options above :) And don't worry about not getting anything done. I am like that too, at times. I think it's quite normal, and necessary. One cannot be doing ALL the things, ALL the time :)

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  37. Ah well, then we'll have to disagree on that point. I think it's sufficiently alike that it's almost a twin. Take another look. http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/Snow4Ring.pdf It's only a very small part in the centre that's different and probably the stitch count. I did mine around 20 years or so ago and it's free too!!!!

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  38. I am also getting 'slower' at accomplishing tasks and goals, including looking at blogs, and I just now realized you created this post several days ago! However, you have more patience than I do, to make so many models to perfect the pattern!

    I think Crystal Star is a great name! It is so clever to add the crystals to form yet another 'star' and to provide sparkle at the center. Hope I'm not too late to enter my name.

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  39. Well, I am late to this post and all the fracas about your beautiful star. Personally, I feel they are different enough to qualify as two patterns, and I like the longer arms and the center design of yours. It's very pretty, and I would call it a Fractal Star for its repeating star shapes. Great idea!

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