"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sweet Success

Do you ever want to throw your shuttles across the room when you're working a perfectly lovely and well-written pattern, because you can't seem to follow the directions? That's how I felt while working Jon Yusoff's Sweetheart Snowflake. Jon's directions are perfectly clear, but I still kept trying to join the long chain in round 2 in the wrong place. I would work a whole point and then have to undo it because I realized I had nothing to join to as I was coming out of the point, having made a join that I wasn't supposed to going into it. I finally got it right, though.

Then, thanks to the influence of Fox, I decided to add beads.

You would think that it would go better the second time around, but it didn't. I still had the same problem, which was all about me not paying attention, nothing to do with Jon's directions.

Since the beaded version is all white, I decided to finish it a little differently. Instead of starting between points, I started on the side of one point. This allowed me to finish by making a split chain at the top of that point, and then a split ring. After the split ring, I just left the ends long to make a hanger. You can only do this if you're using a single color; in two colors, the SC and SR will both end up showing both colors.

If I had been paying attention, I would have joined the first point of round 2 in the right spot to make the center bead stand upright when the whole thing was finished. I didn't think about that till it was too late, but I still think it's OK.


  1. Both are lovely! I especially like the blue and white one!

  2. I know what you mean, but they both look beautiful and lovely colours with the beads added to the white one.

  3. Both snowflakes are beautiful! I especially like the blue and white one.

  4. I love the two-colored snowflakes.

    By the way, I just notice that you have me in your blogroll. Thanks. Your blog has been put in my Google Reader.

  5. These are lovely! Very crisp and clean looking.

  6. Miranda, it happens. I'm tatting my edging but I keep doing a wrong chain and end up having to retro tat. But, we move on just to see our tatting through. You did a great job on the snowflakes. My fav is the all white with just enough little beads to make it special.

  7. Great post! It's nice to know that the most experienced tatters have those moments of 'inattention'. When I tatted your wonderful cardinal, I mentioned in my blog that I inexplicaably miscounted the knots on a couple of the rings in the body (the easiest part!), but it's not too noticeable. Your pattern is perfect and still amazing to me! I always smile when I look at my cute cardinal in his frame in the living room!

  8. These are fabbo, Miranda! Love the pattern and you tatted them both perfectly - one would not have a clue as to the shuttle-throwing angst that went into the effort!

    I had the same trouble with the first motif. Just could not get it right - and it is not that difficult a pattern. Oh, the rage!

    This pattern is next on the list. So pretty...
    Fox : )

  9. ..both flakes are beautiful and yes I have wished to throw my shuttles across the room on few occasion.!

    ...yes.. it always my own fault, not paying attention.

  10. Lovely snowflakes, and I especially like the all white with beads--would look fantastic on a Christmas tree!

  11. Wonderful snowflakes!! Love the blue and white one!!! :)