The one on the left has been tatted with size 80 DMC Cordonnet Special, using 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals in the center. It measures 3.4 inches from point to point. The one on the right is tatted with size 50 DMC Cordonnet Special, which is about the same as Lizbeth size 40 thread. It measures 4 inches from point to point.
As a holiday gift to my blog readers, I'm including the hand drawn diagram for this pattern below :) Right click and open the image in a new tab to see the numbers more clearly:
I've been having a lot of fun using Frivole's method to add the Swarovski Crystals to the middle of the flakes. These are placed instead of the central 4-2-4 rings in the above diagram (see below for more details about sizing).
The pictorial for Frivole's technique is part of her Crystal Star pattern, which is available in her Etsy shop. Frivole has also uploaded a YouTube video showing how to add the crystals to the center of her star.
Sizing for the Crystals:
For each snowflake you will need six crystals, and a large picot gauge. I made my picot gauges by measuring and cutting index cards.
In size 80 thread you will need:
- 4mm Swarovski Xilion Bicone crystals
- 60 mm picot gauge
In size 40 to 50 thread you will need:
- 5mm Swarovski Xilion Bicone crystals (these can be purchased on eBay)
- 74 mm picot gauge
In size 20 thread you will need:
- 6mm Swarovski Xilion Bicone crystals
- 90 mm picot gauge. (The 90 mm picot gauge will make the crystals very snug, so if you feel like this might be a problem, increase the gauge by a couple of millimeters.)
Although I've included details for size 20 thread, you probably don't want to use anything larger than size 40 (unless you want a really big snowflake). I think size 50 DMC thread makes a good snowflake:
If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to let me know. Now I must get back to tatting snowflakes...