"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, January 4, 2013

Beads and Ruffles

I made a couple more snowflakes from Vida Sunderman's book.

This is the "Beaded Snowflake". I really like how the shapes of the negative spaces jump out at you in this design. This was a very quick tat, too. Round 1 is so small and simple, it only takes a few minutes. Round 2 is all chains (those things that look like rings in round 2 are actually chains joined twice to the same picot; I like this look, which I consider to be a form of mock ring), so there's no unwinding and rewinding of the shuttle or reversing work. All the beads are on the ball thread, too, so you don't have to worry about spacing them on the shuttle (which I don't do well at all).

I couldn't take an in-focus photo of tatting to save my life this morning, so I had to use the scanner, even though I knew the beads would be too shiny to look good in a scan. They are Miyuki delicas in the brightest, shiniest silver color they make (the actual color name has worn off the tube). The pattern calls for size 10 thread, and I used size 20, which resulted in the beads being just a little more crowded, but not excessively so, I think. In fact, I like how the beads in the center sit right next to each other in a tight circle.

This is the "Ruffle-Edged Snowflake". I got lazy and didn't block this one, but I probably will, just for good measure. It lies pretty nicely without blocking, but it could be better.

The outer round is all in Victorian sets, but I did add a regular DS before and after each picot so the picots would sit straight. I also used size 20 Lizbeth for this one.

I have one more snowflake I'd like to tat from this book, and then they're all going in the mail tomorrow.


  1. I like both of them, the second one I have not seen before, I do like that pattern,
    You say you are going to mail them I saw a pm on intatters to say they have enough snowflakes, I posted mine the day before but please check before you pay the postage just in case.

    1. Thanks for that heads-up, Margaret. I just checked the website, and they do indeed say they have enough snowflakes. I'm glad so many people have stepped up and donated. This being the case, I will now save these flakes for the sale at my parents' church next fall, so they will still be going to a good cause.

    2. I was pleased to pass it on, I sent mine the day before and I wish I had left it another day as air mail charges are quite high, so I hope they will use it when it arrives, I saw on the UK news that the children have gone back to school but there was nothing said about them creating a snowflake scene.

  2. Hey, Squijum,

    Wanna have fun? Knock over her beads! It is hilarious - you will have a great time watching her reaction. Even better if She thinks she did it herself.

    Your pal,

  3. Both are gorgeous snowflakes!!! :)