Monday, 16 January 2012

Butterfly Heart Diagram

I liked Irene Woo's heart so much that I decided to make a diagram of it.  I hope that's ok?  And I hope some of you will be pleased to have it.  If you prefer the written directions, they can be found here.

(added 22 January 2012)
I'm sorry I've been contacted by someone who said I might
be infringing rights by posting the diagram so I have removed it.

If anyone knows how I can contact Irene Woo, I'd be grateful for the information.
I have not been able so far to find any contact details for her.

(Second update added 20 September 2017)
Irene Woo has sadly passed away and the family
gave permission for her pattern (which was already available on the web
but without a photo or a diagram)
to be published on Georgia Seitz's website and on mine.
I have changed nothing to the pattern, I have simply
added a photo for reference and a diagram.

Please see this more recent blogpost
which contains a link to the pattern:

Best wishes,


  1. Thank you for this. My sister is just learning to tat. Since she lives in MT and I live in NY, answering her questions isn't always easy. She's eager to learn, and this maybe a pattern she can practice on with minimal help.

    1. Hi Bonnie,
      Yes, I think this would be a great pattern for learning. It's only rings and chains, nothing difficult but a lovely design which anyone would be proud of tatting I think. I hope she gets on well with it.

  2. Thanks for this, Frivole! Your diagram is brilliant!
    Fox : )

  3. These look like earrings to me! I can't wait to give them a try! Thank you for diagramming it AND sharing, you are SO talented!

  4. Thanks for the diagram.....I am a visual learner and I can tat much faster if I have a diagram....I just finished the heart in Yarnplayers "afternoon garden" and I am going to post in my IN-Tatters" album. Thanks!!

  5. Sorry that is Yarnplayer's "Afternoon Garden"

  6. Thanks for the diagram, its a beautiful pattern heart.

  7. Nicely done (and beautifully tatted in the previous post!) Thanks so much for taking the time to diagram this! How nice of you to share your hard work! (Lots of little numbers in between all those picots!)

    Because this pattern is on the internet, I see nothing wrong with your diagramming it. You've given Irene Woo the the credit she deerves, and also link to her written pattern (which was almost lost). And you've given yourself the deserved credit of the diagram. So you've enabled many more tatters to make and appreciate it!

    I find it so much easier to tat from a diagram, and I just about have it memorized before I even pick up my shuttle! What drawing software do you use?

    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thank you!

      I only wrote my name on the diagram because many times, after printing things, I've wondered where I got them from! So I thought that would give the link for people to find it again.

      The program is Eazydraw and I'm pretty pleased with it. Still learning but getting better (and quicker!). I only wish I could do drop shapes instead of ovals - still working on that.

  8. Que bonito !!!! muchas gracias .

  9. As always you are the best....and the best tatter-friend who shares so kindly all of her knowledge. Thank you. I send in return a virtual heart :)

    1. My pleasure Tiktakro - and thank you for the heart-warming message!

  10. thx for the diagram - for me easier to follow than a written pattern. And this heart is so beautiful!

  11. Just to mention that Georgia Seitz modified the written instructions in order to correct some errors:

    Begin with the butterfly in the center, upper right wing. Add helping loops to any of the rings in the center or to the first chain to aid in hiding the last thread at the end. (Magic thread loops.)
    R 3 ( - 3) x6, 7 - 7 clr dnrw
    R 7 + 7 - 3 - 7 - 7 clr dnrw
    R 7 + 7 - 3 - 7 - 7 clr dnrw
    R 7 + 7 ( -3) x6, 3 clr rw

    CH 7 ( -3 ) x5, 7 rw
    R 3 - 3 + (join to previous ring) 3 + (join to large ring) 3 - 3 - 3 clr rw
    CH 3 (-3) x5, 3 rw
    R 3 - 3 - 3 + (join to next free picot on the upper rt wing) 3 + (join to second picot of previous ring) 3 - 3 clr rw
    CH 3 (-3) x6, 3 rw
    R 3 - 3 (join to picot of previous ring) 3 - 3 - 3 clr rw
    CH 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 rw
    R 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 + (join to first picot of previous ring) 3 - 3 clr rw
    CH 3 - 3 - 6 slt, then begin the cloverleaf at the point.

    R 6 + (join to last picot on previous chain) 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 clr
    R 3 + (join to last picot on previous ring) (3 -) x5, 3 clr
    R 3 + (join to last picot on previous ring) (3 -) x3, 6 clr slt

    Continue working the heart in mirror image fashion. Irene first shared this pattern in the Official Tat Chat Pattern Book, “Tatting Online,” published as a fund raiser in 1999.

    1. Thank you Claire. I have contacted Georgia and I'm working with her as the above version still has errors in. I'm making a new file with pattern and a diagram. Coming soon!


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