Sometimes life gets in the way and tatting gets put on hold. I thought about what I could post when I don't have any new tatting to show, and came up with an idea. I'm going to start a "Design with Me" series where I blog about how each of my designs came to be. Today will be the first post, and I will talk about "Solstice," which can be found on the free patterns tab.
I draw all of my designs on my iPad, using a free app called Kaleidoscope Drawing Pad. This app has undergone many changes, including the relatively recent addition of being able to choose the colors you draw with. I wanted to test the new feature to see if I could draw all shuttle 1 work in one color, and shuttle 2 work in another:
I never meant for this to become an actual design, but when I took a second look at the drawing it looked like a quick and easy tat, so I decided to move forward with it. The thing I like about snowflakes is that I have six tries to get the design right, one for each point. Below is my first attempt. Notice how each point is different, as I try a variety of stitch counts to get the desired effect:
After getting a general idea, I tatted the snowflake again, still making minor adjustments along the way:
This was a bit closer, but still not right. I decided to take out my needle and thread to simulate joins by sewing the outer chains together. I also picked up my shuttles and tatted extra rings, which I carefully placed on the tatting before taking a photo:
Overall, I liked the look of this much better, even though it differs from my original drawing. With my new stitch counts written down, I took out my favorite snowflake thread (DMC Cordonnet Special) and tatted the final version of Solstice:
My overall thoughts:
Designing this snowflake was not as simple as I thought it would be. At one point, I was almost ready to give up and name the pattern "Snow Fail." It took a lot of persistence and patience to get the final product to look the way I had envisioned. I had to come up with some creative methods that I had not used before: sewing the tatting together to simulate joins, and tatting extra rings to place for a photo. In the end, I am pleased with how the pattern turned out, and it was a good learning experience.