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Friday, November 20, 2015

Trying Frivole's Method

Joëlle from Le Blog de Frivole has been having such success with creating tatted snowflakes from photographs of real snowflakes, I thought I would give it a try. Well, let me tell you, it is NOT easy! I found it really difficult to make my tatting conform to the straight lines and sharp features of an actual snowflake. In the end, I sort of "fudged" it and let the tatting curve as it naturally does.


I'm pleased with the way the tatting turned out, though it does not resemble the real snowflakes I was looking at. Perhaps I just need more tricks in my bag to simulate the sharp geometrical features of an actual snowflake. Overall, it was fun to do, and I'll probably try this method again in the future.

With the Holidays coming up, I know people will be pretty busy, but would anyone be willing to test out this pattern (I'm thinking a soft deadline around December 7)? I can take up to 4 testers if there is interest. Aside from basic techniques there is one mock picot, some lock joins, floating rings, and simple directional changes. If you'd like to test it out let me know either in the comments below or by using the contact form on the right side bar of my blog. (If you leave a comment check back on this blog post to make sure I've got your email).

Update: Thanks everyone who volunteered to test the pattern for me. I'm going to cut off the list at Fox's comment, so that I don't have too many emails to keep track of. 

Test tatters can claim a few single patterns from my shop (or one pattern bundle), OR store credit for future patterns. Etsy doesn't technically have a way of setting up store credit so I will have to keep a record of that myself.

I ended up using iBooks Author to put this pattern together and I am very impressed with the program. It is much more streamlined than using Inkscape alone. Inkscape is still essential for creating the diagrams, which can then be imported into iBooks Author as image files. I will talk more about my experience with the program in a future post.

30 comments:

Bernice said...

I think your test is excellent and would be like to be a test tatter. :)

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks Bernice. I don't think I have your email, so could you send me a quick note using the Comment Form on the right side bar of my blog? (I've also just messaged you on your blog so you have the option of responding to that email notification instead if you'd like).

Robin Perfetti said...

Pattern has just been sent your way!

Jane Eborall said...

I've got time if you'd like me to have a go.

Mandatory said...

I would love to test out your pattern. It's very pretty!!!!

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks Jane, it's just been sent to you :)

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks, could you send me a quick note on my Contact Form so I can get your email?

Fox said...

Love to test!

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks Fox, sent your way!

Bernice said...

Got it, ☺

Sally Kerson said...

Just to say very pretty Robin

Robin Perfetti said...

Thank you Sally :)

God's Kid said...

It's a wonderful snowflake!!! :)

Barbara Payne said...

Oooo..gorgeous!!! Can't wait till the testing is done and the pattern is available!! So very pretty!!1

Robin Perfetti said...

Just sent it over, and hopefully not to the spam folder (I've been filtered by Yahoo before!)

Jenn said...

Gorgeous snowflake :).

Frivole said...

Oooh, I love love the shape of this one Robin! I'm sorry I didn't see your post quick enough to offer to test tat! I'll look forward to purchasing it when it's available.

Margarets designer cards said...

I love the shape and gorgeous pattern, sorry I was too late to volunteer, perhaps next time you need a test tatter you might consider me. I look forward to being able to buy the pattern when it's ready.
Margaret

Cornelia said...

Das ist eine wunderschöne Schneeflocke!

Robin Perfetti said...

My test tatters were so wonderful last time (you included), and I know there were some who said that they wanted to test tat in the future. I considered sending out emails but didn't want to be a bother over the Holidays. I'll let you know next time I have something :)

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I look forward to your snowflake pattern being available for purchase!

Madtatter80 said...

let us know how to purchase this fine beauty it wonderful!

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks! It should be up in my shop in the next week or so.

muskaan said...

I thoroughly enjoyed working this pattern ! Thanks, Robin :-)

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Your patterns are so mind-boggling, and this one is particularly attractive! I continue to marvel at the results you are achieving while experimenting with software and then figuring out the tatting! I envision 'future world' tatters to be able to just lay a drawing on a scanner, and have a tatted pattern emerge with the correct knot counts! They will just take it for granted!

Robin Perfetti said...

Thanks Kathy :)

I often think, wouldn't it be nice if there was a computer program to estimate all the stitch counts from a drawing? Too bad I am not a software engineer...I would totally design this program if I could!

lej619 said...

Love your snowflake!!!! When can one purchase a pattern???!

Robin Perfetti said...

Thank you! It's just been posted to my shop.

Elizabeth van Gorkom said...

Robin I'd love to test patterns if you do this again😄

Robin Perfetti said...

Sure! Send me a message using the Contact Form on the right side bar of my blog and I can add you to my wait list.