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Friday, December 5, 2014

Snowflake Drudgery

Every year, I try to make a few snowflakes to give as gifts or to put into Christmas cards. This year, I thought it would be neat if I used one of my own designs. I chose my Design Tutorial Snowflake, because I think it is the most visually appealing and it's easy to make:

There's still two more centers that need a second round, and I will see if I have the stamina to create any more after that.

The problem is that I find tatting from a pattern to be monotonous, especially if it is something that I have made before. I'm not even sure if it would make a difference to mix the patterns up...unless it was a new pattern where I could learn a new technique.

Over the past couple of years, I've noticed that my attention span for tatting from patterns is limited. However, give me a design to figure out, and I can get lost for hours upon hours trying to piece together the puzzle. There's just something about creating from scratch and not knowing exactly how it will turn out that really holds my interest. It's like I'm on a mission, and I will not rest until I have it figured out.

I drew this a couple of weeks ago and have been itching to turn it into a pattern:

Most likely, it will have to wait until next year, as I still have to put the tree up, do Christmas shopping, and finish tatting snowflakes for gifts. Not to mention getting back to posting Inkscape tips.

A few weeks ago, Phyllis sent me some really great instructions for creating a split ring on Inkscape. It can be used for other things too, like representing a split chain. I'm hoping to work on formatting it into a post this weekend, as I think it will be really useful to other tatters. Now, if only I can get all this stuff done simultaneously...


  1. I am still reading your tutorials and make something out of it.

  2. Another Gorgeous design waiting to be converted into tatting ! Love your creativity !

    I'd thoroughly enjoyed making your Design Tutorial snowflake.
    I can understand your creative itch to get back to designing new things .... it is almost as if you spend all your 'repetitive' patience in perfecting a new pattern , & hence have none left to re-tat the same final pattern later.

    Your Inkscape tutorials are very instructive & useful.

    Lots to look forward to in the coming weeks, then, Robin ;-))

  3. I love the pretty flakes and it is fun even though little boring to have more than one done they look beautiful. I avoid doing the rounds and do them all at once, by not hiding the end threads. I start with 6 inches long and then finger tatting to meet up with to the next round and then hiding the thread. I do this with several rounds on larger doilies it makes tatting quicker.

  4. Love the new snowflake. The blue against the black really makes it pop! Maybe try a very pastel color (cream, blue, lavender) for the snowflakes. Just a little change may take away the monotonous.

  5. I love your new design, I am interested to see how it works out from the picture.
    Your snowflakes are beautiful, I just have not had time to tat your newest design yet.

  6. Hi everyone, thanks for your comments and suggestions! I've been so busy with Holiday stuff I haven't had the chance to respond to anyone individually. Hope things slow down soon.

  7. New snowflake design is gorgeous :). Looking forward to the pattern or seeing a pic of it tatted :).