Friday 20 October 2023

Pattern Winners

Quick post just to announce the winners of the pattern draw!  There were only 20 comments in the end, so (if my maths are correct) a 1 in 4 chance of winning!  Here are the numbers thrown out by the random generator:  17, 9, 2, 16, and 20.  

And these are     17:  Patti
                            9:   Mama Martin
                            2:   Anonymous
                            16: Anonymous
                            20: Tatterjill

Please could you contact me with your email addresses so I can send you the pattern.  Thank you!

And thank you for taking part!

Best wishes,

Sunday 15 October 2023

Holly Snowflake

Thank you so much to my testers, Lavinia, Hallie and Jane who've helped me put the final touches to the pattern by checking that everything was clear and that there weren't too many mistakes!

We had some discussion about what acronym to use for unflipped reverse order stitches... UROS?? I see RODS used on internet but I wasn't completely clear whether for people that was just reverse order stitches or indeed unflipped reverse order stitches?  In the end, I decided to just spell it out to avoid any misunderstanding.

I suppose this one is a bit more unusual in its shape but I think a lot of people would be surprised to see in what an amazing variety of shapes real snowflakes come!  I'm adding the photo of the real snowflake that inspired this design below so you can see it again.

Photo of Real Snowflake
by Wilson Bentley

At Muskaan's suggestion, I tried the pattern with bugle beads (see below) but the silver ones I chose are not that noticeable (should try again with a different colour) but in the end, one of the things I particularly like about this pattern is the two delicate lines made by those long picots so I thought it was a shame to hide them inside a bugle bead.

Below is Lavinia's very nicely executed version in blue.
Something about the way she made the rings makes it look
a bit more... "condensed"?  I like it.

And here is Hallie's version
(I like how they are opposites:  blue on white above
and white on blue below).
Hallie's version looks more rounded
but also very pretty!

And finally, I placed the ones I've made so far together
to see what it would look like as a repeated motif.

Then I digitally repeated it.
It's not perfect done that way because not all the joining places touch as they should
but it gives an idea of the look.

Is anyone interested in tatting this one?  I will have a draw for 5 copies of the pattern.  Just leave a comment if you'd like to be entered in the draw!  I'll hold it on Friday (20th October).

Best wishes,

P.S. I started answering comments but realised it will be easier to count entries if I don't answer!  So thank you for all your comments, they are all valued but I won't answer individually in this blogpost.  

P.P.S.  I've had so much spam lately that I've reluctantly decided to activate comment moderation on my blog for a while and see if that helps deter the time-wasting spammers!

Monday 9 October 2023

New Snowflake for 2023

I actually started working on this snowflake two years ago but then was struck with tendonitis and had to put it aside for a while. I never picked it back up at the time so it didn't get finished or the pattern written properly.  It was still in note form.

When I did my demo (see previous post), this was the first snowflake that I sold and I had only one. So it inspired me to get my notes back out, complete the work, and have it as my 2023 snowflake.

I would like to thank Sue for her suggestion of naming it Holly which I think suits it very well!

Below you can see the photo of the real snowflake
I was working from
(photo taken by Wilson Bentley)

I hesitated as to whether I should join the points or not as they are not joined on the real snowflake but joining them gave the tatted snowflake stability. You can see below a sample I tried where I didn't join the points but it made the snowflake too "floppy". Do you think it looks more like the real snowflake though or not?  If so should I find an alternative where the points are not joined or should I keep with the model above?  Any input would be appreciated!

Just a sample, tatting not uniform
and I've just cut the joins!
The arms are slightly longer on this one.
Is it better or not?

I know I've not been so active on my blog in the last few years and probably not so many people visit anymore but might anyone reading this be interested in test-tatting the pattern?  I just need a couple of people who can try it quite quickly and get back to me with some feedback, it would be most appreciated.

Update 10.10.23:  Thank you so much  for all the offers of help, I'm good for test-tatters now!

Best wishes,

Tuesday 3 October 2023

Tatting Demo & New Lace Lamp

 I was invited to do a lace demonstration at a National Trust Property called Snowshill Manor this weekend.

Here is some of what I had prepared for the day:

I thought snowflakes in particular
would be most appropriate for a place called "Snowshill"!

And here is my table layout in the manor.  You can see the little lace lamp I made specially for the occasion but also to have a smaller "large lace" item that I could take with me when needed (my chair and large lamp are not that easily transportable).

I enjoyed creating the little lamp and would like to make more.  I'm also thinking it's getting near time to get my new snowflake pattern for 2023 ready!

What's keeping you busy at the moment?

Best wishes,