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.

Martha's books can be ordered directly from her at http://marthas-tatting-blog.blogspot.com/p/b.html.


  1. That is a wonderful snowflake!! :)

  2. Welcome to the 25 Motif Challenge! This motif is beautifully tatted, and I certainly don't see any irregularities.
    You have quite a nice variety of snowflakes in the previous post, and I'm guessing that you are an experienced tatter. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    I can't imagine raising bees! But I'm quite impressed reading about it!

    1. Thank you! Perhaps it is only because I know the kink is there - at 7o'clock in the image.

      Bees are a lot of fun - I highly recommend them. And homegrown honey is so much better, like homegrown tomatoes.