Friday, December 23, 2016
I don't know if Lenore has a current website - this pattern was posted on Geocities and is available via the wayback machine here. If anyone knows of a current site for Lenore, please let me know!
Sunday, November 13, 2016
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Sunday, October 30, 2016
The first version is worked in two rounds, and you can climb between using split rings IF you start with a blind chain. If you forget you are starting with a blind chain, you either end up with the center as a cute little motif or two sets of ends to hide...oops. I love the angled arches formed over the inner rings, and the unusual tip shape. As is my habit, I did remove some picots from the tips.
The second version is worked in one round. I find it interesting that to me these look like completely different snowflakes, because I focus a lot on the center, whereas Joelle considers them two variations because the outer layer is the same.
Both patterns, as well as many other excellent free and for-sale patterns, can be found on her pattern page here.
Turns out this ALSO is my 25th snowflake post. I challenged myself (via the 25 motif challenge blog) to make 25 weekly tatting posts. Other than my unplanned multi-month summer hiatius, I did manage to post weekly. I've also had a lot of fun, so I think I'll sign up for another 25 challenge and just keep going.
The book is sadly out of print (and DMC was not very helpful when I emailed them to ask if they were planning to reprint it) but at least at the moment it's not unreasonably priced on Amazon:
UPDATE: I just discovered this pattern can be downloaded for free at www.dmc-usa.com/~/media/Media/Inspiration/Tatting/Festive%20Tatting%20Ornament%20No17.ashx. I can't find an index so no idea if there are others available, but this one is.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
The pattern PDF shows one which was blocked firmly using pins, and the graceful curves become striking angles; both variations look lovely.
Find this and other patterns (some free, some for sale) on her pattern page.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
In the original pattern, each petal contains a butterfly (the "flutters") tatted separately in size 80 thread. I skipped the flutters partly because I really like the way it looks without them; the petals have an unusual onion-dome look to them. The other reason is that it's almost impossible to match whites across dye lots, much less two different sizes and two different brands, and I wanted an all-white snowflake.
I didn't do a great job blocking this one, but also I found it a little tricky to get the junction where the chains reverse direction to lie neatly - I tend to pull too tightly on the first stitch and pull them out of alignment, as you'll notice if you look closely. People with gentler tension will find it goes more smoothly; if you include the flutters the join happens at the transition so it is less obvious even if your tension is too tight. It's possible to skip the transition and have a simple curve for the chains, but I think it's not quite as attractive.
Pattern available here thanks to the internet archive/wayback machine.
Monday, September 5, 2016
There was one bit of tatting in June: I had the opportunity to take a three-day tatting class on rings with The Shuttle Brothers, Gary and Randy Houtz (http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/). Just rings - but rings using TWO threads, and techniques other than the self-closing mock ring. It was a ton of fun and involved a great deal of thinking, so I don't have a lot of tatting to show for it, just a handful of rings:
Yes, each of those is technically a single ring, usually with a very short chain going in and out (on a few I skipped the chain so you can see four tails). Some rings include stacked or nested rings using different techniques. A lot of the ideas are most useful when tatting with two colors, which I don't typically use, but some result in interesting textures or options which can be incorporated in one color work. If you have a chance to take a class from them, I highly recommend it.
I took a week long trip to visit my new baby niece. She's adorable. I am, of course, completely unbiased on this topic.
I also coordinated a freezer jam making activity for my church group. 49 people signed up to participate and make their jam - I get the supplies in bulk and keep everything running. After several weeks of preparation on my part, we converted 21.5 gallons of strawberries (they come from the processing plant washed, capped, sliced, and in buckets, but no preservatives or sugar added) into 430 cups of jam during six fast-paced hours.
Here's a shot of most of the supplies as I was setting up:
During the summer I help to coordinate a local produce bulk-buy group, and as a result I can get my hands on some really nice ripe fruit. I eat a lot of it, but also made some cooked jam:
- apricot (I love it in yogurt)
- peach-apricot (experimental, not sure how much I like it)
- peach-raspberry (experimenting with different ratios before I added the vanilla in the next recipe)
- peach melba (peach-raspberry+vanilla bean; about 4 cups peaches, 1 cup raspberries, and a vanilla bean cut in half with the little black seeds scraped out and mixed in. Toss the vanilla bean pod in while it's cooking, but fish it out before you can the jam. So good.)
- dark chocolate raspberry truffle (yes, it's chocolate jam - amazing on croissants. Recipe here.)
- plum (from the oval purple Italian plums - from a neighbor's tree)
- plum star anise (due to time constraints I left the star anise and plums melding for two days in the fridge instead of a couple hours, and it was a little too much licorice flavor for me. Taste testers who like licorice raved about it though. Recipe from Preserving by the Pint.)
- pear vanilla bean (recipe from the Food In Jars blog, but I peel the pears and modify to use dry pectin, which is cheaper. My local natural foods coop store has vanilla beans for about $2 each in the bulk section.)
- pear cranberry cinnamon (it tastes like autumn - from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, again I modify to use dry pectin instead.)
Once they come into season I'll also make some Meyer lemon marmalade, but otherwise I think I'm done with jam for the year. I use it for gifts and sell some - I'd never be able to eat all that myself!
Monday, May 30, 2016
Now that it is in the public domain, Georgia Seitz has posted a PDF of Tina's book at http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/tinafrauberger/fraubergerschiffchenspitze1921.pdf. This is motif #52 on book page 54, and there is a lovely doily showing the same motifs combined on page 55.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Birgit has kindly shared the pattern here - for other patterns, see her pattern index is here, and/or her blog here.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Then I made another one, with normal rings instead of Josephines. I also added picots - apparently those picots I am constantly removing have to come out somewhere. Central picots were a little too long, so the central star is not as nice.
Both of these really will need to be pinned out to block perfectly symmetrically; the chain lock joins on long picots tend to curve a little.
No link; can't find it online to show a picture of the cover.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Robin has generously shared this pattern on her free patterns page here (she also sells patterns, so check out the etsy link from her page for other designs). I greatly admire the clarity of her diagrammed patterns and am reading her tutorial on using Inkscape to create diagrams, so with luck I might eventually be able to share some.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
When I looked the book up on Amazon I discovered it's now out of print. Hopefully it will be reprinted soon as the used copies are quite pricey and it's a nice little book - her descriptions of different techniques are good, and while there are not a lot of patterns, there seems to be one of pretty much everything - a snowflake, a round motif, a heart (included in my Feb 14 post), a couple edgings, doilies, celtic tatting, covered egg ornament, etc.
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Sunday, April 24, 2016
I was a little surprised how small it was; the pictures I've seen look bigger. I used an unlabled vintage thread which I'm guessing was either size 20 or 30 and it was just over 3.5 inches/ 9 cm. It also took some coaxing to get it to lie flat with my tension; I was in a hurry blocking and it's still a little ruffly.
Then I tried another one with fewer picots so they didn't bump into each other (because I am Sarah, Remover of Picots!) and I think it emphasizes the shape better.
I may try a larger one as a small doily, per the excellent idea Batty Tatter shared (here) to enlarge the pattern by doubling the length of the arms.
I can only hope this book is reprinted, as it's a wonderful book of patterns but has become prohibitively expensive.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Edit: Mimi kindly notified me that Georgia Seitz has posted a scan of Tina's book at http://www.georgiaseitz.com/public/tinafrauberger/fraubergerschiffchenspitze1921.pdf. This is motif #53 on book page 54.
I have since noticed that the stitch counts are identical to the Small Cross in Mary Konior's book "Tatting with Visual Patterns", though obviously there are slight differences in the arrangement of rings and chains to make it six pointed. I have to wonder - was one inspired by the other? Or is this another case of great designers arriving at a similar look and count independently, as seems to happen so often?
I like the look of this motif with longer joining picots instead of my normal microscopic ones (it seems to benefit from the open airy look - like filigree or wrought iron) and this time I tried twisting them before joining. Some picots are bumping into the chain above; I'll fix this with pinning when I starch it.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
I did think that a real snowflake wouldn't have arms longer than the tips so tried adding a ring - and also changed the little ring stitch count to 5 so I didn't have to remember to switch between 5 and 4. I think this would be an amazing center for a doily.
Not quite long enough, so tried adding a ring plus the same "mock ring" made from a chain joined to the picot on both ends. The longer tip is better, but I lost the lovely triangle by joining to the top picot; maybe I should have used a SCMR instead. Next time...
They all look nice.
Rebecca has generously shared her pattern here.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Turns out this is yet another out of print tatting book. It has some nice patterns but is not something I'd recommend spending a lot of money for. Weirdly, the cover image below is not the same cover as the Amazon page itself or my copy of the book. Not sure what is going on there.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
This is another of my favorite snowflake books; I bought it directly from Jon via her blog (http://tatsaway.blogspot.com), but she no longer seems to have a sales link to her books, so I'm not sure if she's still selling them or not.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
I really like the central star, but it's obscured by some picots, and some of the picots in the "fluffy" part overlap each other which always annoys me, so I tried it again with my original variations but removing more picots.
I'm not sure which one I like more. Either way, this is a fun little motif and was quick to tat, and would make lovely 5-pointed flowers in colored thread as well as a snowflake in white. I found it helpful to use a gauge to ensure the long chains were all the same length (I tat on the bus while commuting and it sometimes has negative effects on chain tension consistency).
I got the pattern for free by being subscribed to her newsletter, but it appears that instead of putting this pattern on her extensive pages of free patterns (here) she has listed it for sale in her store (here). If you wish to subscribe to her shop newsletter to get other free patterns in the future, follow the instructions on her website.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Sadly, this is yet another out-of-print book and the Amazon used price has gotten crazy.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
I think it came out quite nicely, though my blocking could be improved.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016
I love the elegance of the ring of hearts and the scalloped edge.
I did change the order of construction slightly - her pattern worked the hearts from the side in the same round as the first chain, giving them rounded tips instead of pointy ones. Because I have opinions about the proper shape of hearts, I made the center rosette as SCMRs and threw off the hearts instead.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
I received this book for Christmas (yay!) and haven't made very many things from it yet, but the snowflakes look very interesting. Patterns are diagrammed, and all the snowflakes in the book are pictured on the front and back covers so you have a good idea what you're getting. It can be purchased directly from Sharon on her website (which also has some free patterns).
Sunday, February 14, 2016
(Click on picture for larger version.)
Pattern sources (starting with the six large hearts in the center, then going around the outside clockwise from the top right) - note that hearts are not to scale with each other, as they are done in a variety of different thread sizes, and I omitted any beads called for.
- Large pink variegated heart in the upper left: Valentine's Heart by Etha Schuette (pattern) - I omitted the interior picots and added picots where round two joins round 1, so that all the arches in round 3 had picots inside them.
- Red heart middle left: Heart by Edda Gustalla (pattern) - I had some trouble with the rings at the top; they were very tight. Larger joining picots next time, I think.
- Red heart with internal squares, upper center: Rosemarie's Heart Pattern by Rosemarie Peel (pattern)
- Blue heart: Butterfly Heart by Irene Woo. Published in Georgia Seitz's book: "Tatting Online, The Official 1999 Tat_Chat Pattern Book", but there is also a (text-only pattern) via the wayback machine.
- Dark red heart upper right: Heart's Desire from "A Potpourri of Tatting Patterns" by Susan K Fuller, which is out of print, but she has given permission for an (online pattern) and (diagram pattern) to be posted.
- Lighter red heart, middle right: another Heart's Desire, but I took out some inner rings and picots.
- Top of the curve on the right side: 4 similar hearts, variations on Kelly Dunn's Flower Heart (pattern) - I experimented with different tips and joins for different effects; I like the sharp tip from using Joelle Paulson's idea of a 1 stitch SCMR (click here for her video about this technique).
- Little Josephine Heart by Nancy Tracy (pattern - PDF; her pattern page is here) - I made the Josephine knots larger and added a few stitches to the chain at the tip to better space the ring and the Josephine knots on either side
- Small Tatted Heart by Betsy Evans (pattern)
- Enchanter by Jon Yusoff (pattern) - I worked the heart in the center separately so it would be a contrasting color. If I did it again, I think I would make it continuously by encapsulating the red in a pink SSSR to climb out, then have the outer chains red and the inner rings pink.
- Motif #69 from "MiniTats" by Patti Duff
- Peacock Heart by Birgit Phelps (pattern)
- Dark red heart with open center at the bottom tip of the image: Valentina from "Tatting Adventures with beads, shuttle & needle" by Judith Connors
- Christmas Hearts by Anne Bruvold (pattern - PDF; her pattern page is here)
- Joy's Heart by Wanda Salmans (pattern - PDF; her pattern page is here) - the outer round would normally be much more "frilly" - I misread the stitch counts but didn't realize until I was halfway around, then chose to carry on as I'd started rather than cut and restart.
- Two variations on Immortal Heart by Rebecca Diamond aka Tatmom (
patternUpdate! Her site is back up - pattern here and check out her other free patterns.)
- Pink spiral of SSSR heart strings by Gina Butler (pattern - PDF, her pattern page is here) - these are normally very petite hearts; I made them using an unlabeled pearl cotton which was clearly larger than size 10.
- Variation on Frivolite Herz by Christel Weidmann (English pattern - translation of the German page) - I put only a single ring in the center, not the clover.
- Valentine Earrings by Sharon Briggs (pattern)
- Two variations of Hasty Heart by Barbara Hevener from "Tats to Share with Others" handout from the August 20, 2011 Palmetto Tatters Guild Meeting (but there is an online bookmark version here). I changed the order of work to basically match the bookmark version since I didn't want to have hanging threads. Also, for one of them I misjudged where the variegation would come out and the arches were going to be white - I didn't think that would look good with the pink center, so I made a lock chain instead to have pink/white/pink/white.
- And lastly, the tiny single-ring hearts scattered around are mostly made using a Victorian set for the cleft, an idea I first saw from Nicole Landau on the now defunct etatters mailing list. Make a single ring with something like 6ds, 6d, 6s, 6ds (where d and s are the 1st and 2nd half of the doubleknot). Close & tie; use the tip of your fingernail to push the cleft into shape. Vary the counts to preference. I use them a lot for cards.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
A lovely birthday present (yay!), I've been having fun with some of the techniques she uses (arrangement of elements, lock chains, Victorian sets) while blithely ignoring the bits I don't like (beads, sequins, multi-layer patterns). As such, this snowflake was made without the beads, and I combined two layers of tatting into one. It's very cute, but I was surprised how small it was using size 20 thread. I might try making it again and altering the stitch counts to get something larger.
So far I'm quite pleased with the book; my one gripe is that a couple patterns don't have a face-on photo of the worked piece - only "arty" angled photos of the piece on a table. Cover below via Amazon affiliate link - click through to see several patterns in the "see inside" option. Her website, which has tutorials and other patterns, is www.curiad-tatting.co.uk.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
This is also a good example of how starching and blocking can change a snowflake - when I block, I pin the snowflakes out by placing a pin on the inside of the arch underneath the outside ring, so I get pointy tips, like this (I haven't starched recently so this is an old picture, which accidentally cut off part of the snowflake and had a weird background).
Myra Piper's "Tatting" is one of those little self-published booklets from the 80s made from letter-size paper folded in half, and is a collection of 47 snowflakes and stars, some her own design and some patterns which friends had sent her without attribution. It's another of my favorite snowflake pattern books.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
And I realized this means I could mix and match the center and the tips and make a whole batch of them! So I did. And I added a tiny ring to the small open center to make an even dozen variations. Different backdrop because the book I've been using isn't big enough, and yes, the top row is a different color of white from a different brand of thread. Also, I got lazy with the blocking after the first couple, so please excuse picots out of place and arms that aren't quite 60 degrees from each other...
(click on image for a larger view)
The first original snowflake is #5 from Myra Piper's booklet "Tatting" (although I make it with two shuttles, resulting in the U-shaped curved lines next to the center flower instead of a V shape), but even after extensively searching through my books and printouts I can't find the source for the other two. If I ever figure it out, I'll update this post.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
The above snowflake is slightly different from the pattern as written (I altered the chains pointing out toward the tips in round 1 and 2 from 5-5 to 7-7) because when I made it using the original stitch counts it looked like this - lovely, and the radial bars are even more striking, but not quite the same look. I like it both ways, though if I had known the chains in the outside round would touch, I would have joined them so they were neater.
Getting a different look (or needing to alter stitch counts slightly to get the same look) is due to different people having different tension while tatting, and doesn't mean there is anything wrong with either the pattern or the tatter. It affects this pattern because it is so intricate and tightly joined - in a looser pattern, it might not be noticeable at all.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
A comment about the book: this is one of my favorite snowflake books as it has a lot of very lovely snowflakes. I'm also grateful it's published by Dover, which means it is both inexpensive and unlikely to go out of print. But there are two downsides: most patterns do not lend themselves well to using split rings/chains to climb between rounds, and the patterns are not diagrammed. I've tended to draw diagrams in the margins of my copy.
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Sunday, January 3, 2016
Her pattern is written for shuttle and ball, so the rings at the tip are formed by the core thread instead of being floating rings formed the ball thread; this kinks the chains and gives a "pointy" appearance to the tips. The snowflake on the right is the same pattern, tatted with two shuttles and floating rings to show the difference.
After starching I'll likely get the same pointy effect from both as I starch heavily and block aggressively, but it's hard to be sure until I try it. Either way, it is a very cute pattern and a nice reminder that you can throw off a top-facing ring with the core thread if you're willing to kink the chain. One technical note - I'm of the "make a full double knot after each join" school, but because the tip ring is so small, this results in a noticeably lopsided ring. It looks better with the "make only the second half of the knot after the join" approach.