Coincidentally, at the same time I was finding out that the doily on the fabric was Nancy Tracy's design, I happened to be tatting another of Nancy's patterns.
This is Nancy's "Magnolia Bloom". I did the center in LadyShuttleMaker's "Magnolia" HDT, which really is the perfect colorway for it. The HDT is size 50, and for some reason I don't have any size 50 white thread in stock, so I went with size 40 for the petals. I tried to compensate by tatting the center a little bit looser and making the picots a little bit longer, then I used my normal tension and made smaller picots on the petals. It seems to have worked out fine.
What do magnolias have to do with Christmas, you ask? Not a thing, they bloom in June (at least in Georgia where I grew up). But it's a very pretty design that captures the spirit of a magnolia flower beautifully, and it's going to be sold in Georgia, where magnolias are always popular. When I was a kid, we had a magnolia tree in our backyard. It was never much of a bloomer, but it was the best climbing tree ever, with good sturdy branches low enough for a kid to get to which continued almost all the way up to the top. There are frankly not many things I miss about living in Georgia, but that tree is one of them.
This is the first time I've thought to put a 3D piece on one of these satin balls. What do you think?