"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

Friday, August 12, 2011

August Snow

I just made three snowflakes for the sale; I just need to add hangers to them.

I've tried to stick with reasonable colors for snow on these. I figure most of the customers at the sale (other than the people running it) probably won't understand the concept of tatting for its own sake; they will want it to "be" something. And if it's going to be a snowflake, then it probably shouldn't be bright purple.

This is "Angels in the Snow", done in LadyShuttleMaker's "Icicle" HDT. This is a terrific colorway if you don't feel like tatting in plain white but still want to convey the idea of winter. It may not be totally realistic, but it gives the snowflake some depth while sticking with the colors that people associate with snow and winter.

Another way of adding a little depth to your snowflake is to pair the white with a very pale solid.

This is my "Crazy Daisy" pattern, done in white and Krystledawne's "Fairy Faint". I've mentioned before that this colorway does not scan or photograph well; it is so light that it's hard to get it not to look white. I think you can see it a little bit, but you'll have to take my word for it that this flake looks way better in person.

On a tangent, I hope that when Dr. Vonthreadmore returns from her travels, she will dye a few solids, because "Fairy Faint" is one of my all-time favorite colorways, and I'm almost out of it.

Finally, there's really nothing wrong with a plain white snowflake, is there?


  1. You can see the Fairy Faint when you click on the pic and enlarge it. It certainly is light in color!

  2. Blog is looking aces! Nice work.

    The snowflakes look pretty good on my screen. I like the idea, as I am often smitten with the pale colour spectrum. I'll have to try it - it' about finding the right shades in my stash...
    Fox : )

  3. All 3 are Beautiful, but your Crazy Daisy really caught my attention. Nice!

  4. It is getting to be snowflake tatting time again, and your snowflakes are beautiful! Fairy Faint is a very pretty pastel (I can see the color when I click to enlarge also).

  5. All 3 snowflakes look beautiful, I am sure you will sell them quickly

  6. Your snowflakes look good in all those color combinations. It's amazing how much depth a touch of color gives them. Hope the sale goes well.