Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Martha Ess' stacked arches "snowflake"

This is technically an interior motif from the "Elgiva" heart in Martha Ess' book Playing with Picots, which I was lucky enough to win as a door prize at the Lacemakers of Puget Sound's October Lace Day event. I think it makes a nice little snowflake, but I'm also a sucker for concentric arches.  I climbed out from the central rosette using a split ring, and was reminded that I never like how that looks - you can always see a tiny kink and the pointy end of the ring is not quite right.  Not sure if I'm doing something wrong in my split rings or just pulling tighter than everyone else.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Let the (tatted) snowflakes commence!

A co-worker instigated some holiday decorating, so I put up some snowflakes at work.

I've been looking at them all week and am feeling inspired to do more tatting.  I'm also inspired to take more photos and document where the patterns came from, because I'm looking across the panel and can't remember where some of the patterns are from to make more of some of them.  So I have a plan to make lace, and save the picture with the name of the designer and source, and post them here.  We'll see how that goes. :)

(Ignore the white tags; in the distant past these went to a craft bazaar and the tags made a convenient way to pin them up so I haven't removed them.)