Monday, 14 December 2015

Flakes n Flowers

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Snowflakes - “The Flower Within”

Snowflakes are beautiful. Tatting patterns of snowflakes are beautiful & enticing. Hidden within these cool snowflakes can be a spring flower to warm the heart ! This is my attempt to keep spring alive during the cold winter months.

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(click on asterisk for link to pattern/site)
Anchor #40 . White & Aqua Blue 4054-0185
Rnd 1 :1¼”    ;    Rnd 2 : > 2½”    ;     3½” tip to tip

I try to avoid using SLTs. But that creates a problem if one wants to customize the placement of colours. After 1st round (the picots are not even enough, hence the swirl), I planned on using 3 shuttles with some encapsulation to hide the unwanted colour. Doable. But the mood left me – perhaps another time. I ended up continuing a 2nd round with only the aqua blue chains, adding a tiny picot at tip for joining. T&C.

Then I did the remaining white part as a 3rd round ! Again, instead of Split Chains & Split Rings to climb out/connect, to tat in one pass, I ended up doing it in segments ! Cutting & hiding ends after each segment. This was the phase when I was writing up my pds post here & was tatting only for pleasure – experimentation had to take a backseat..... 
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(Pattern can be bought at her etsy shop)
AMC #50 White & #40 Variegated Maroon (4054-1206)
Rnd 1 : ¼”  ;  Rnd 2 :  1”  ;  With twisted picot : 4”  ;  Without twisted picot : 3¼”

Remember my test tat here, with the twisted picots ? I just Had to make a 2-colour version.

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Anchor #40 White & Lavender (4054-098)
Rnd 1 :1”   ;   Rnd 2 : ~2”    ;    ~3½” tip to tip

A breeze to tat up ! And the picots give such a lacy flurry look.
Update : Realised months later that I inadvertently tatted 7 points/sides !!! Yet it all stayed flat & pretty :-)

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Anchor #40 White & Lavender (4054-098)
Rnd 1 : 1¾”  ;   3¼” tip to tip
Tatted & posted last year, here, but have not been happy with the pic. Love the pattern !

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Coats Unknown

Anchor#20 Blue (0131) & White

An old motif. Made quite a few just coz I liked the pattern ages back. Haven’t used them anywhere yet. Want to make another in #40 thread this time. I can see the difference in my tatting of 15 years back & now …Anybody know the source ? Please let me know so that I can give due credit.

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I enjoyed tatting all these snowflakes – relaxing, with a touch of colour for added excitement. I’ve been tatting many more snowflakes – hope I don’t forget to post.

Thanks to All designers for sharing their wonderful creativity 

happy tatting :-)

Motif #14/III  for 25 Motif Challenge

Related Post update : Day 2 Snowflake as part of the flower within series.

21 comments:

  1. What a great idea, to combine colour and white in the snowflakes, works really well.

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  2. They are gorgeous :). Love the use of coloured thread :). They will look lovely on your tree :).

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  3. The are beautiful and gonna give the first one a try, thanks for the pattern!

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  4. Thanks Jane, Jenn, and Carollyn :-)
    Bringing in colour can make the pattern take a different look, highlighting certain elements/motifs & I enjoyed that process .

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  5. A lovely little collection of flakes. I really like the effect of adding a dash of color to the centers to brighten them up!

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  6. So pretty! I've tatted white snowflakes and colored snowflakes, but I've never combined the two. Maybe I'll give it a go!

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  7. Thanks Robin, Sue, Diane & Michelle :-)))
    Judicious use & placement of some colour does seem to reduce the monotony of tatting all-white snowflakes. But it increases the time to decide & load colours, etc. ;-)

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  8. What a great idea, these are so colorful now. Smart gal.

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  9. What a wonderful idea! The color reminds you of spring flowers but, like the button ornaments on my tree, they make me think of colored lights on the tree as well.

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    1. Thanks, Wanda :-)
      I liked your use of colourful buttons, too !
      It's fun to tease out patterns within, isn't it....

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  10. Beautiful tatting, as usual!

    Looking at your work makes me think that I might like to return to #40 threads. The picots look so nice and sturdy. : )

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    1. Aww, thanks Fox :-) My default has become size 40 now, even though I see the mistakes only on my 17" desktop screen - much too late for rephotographing !

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  11. Beautiful snowflakes, and always wonderful to make

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    1. So true, Corina ... I do enjoy tatting small projects that get finished soon :-) Thanks :-)

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  12. You know, I am crying and smiling like a child looking at these snowflakes! They are fabulous! I love all this Christmas stuff so much! I wish I could creat something beautiful like these snowflakes.

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    1. Thank you so much essaymojo ! I'm sure you are equally creative in your own field :-)
      Hope you are enjoying a great start to the new year

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  13. My favorite is the Robin's Winter Frost snowflake. The deep variegated red gives it depth plus the color is close to some poinsettias to make it appear real. Very pretty!

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    1. You make an excellent observation, Carol Ann ! With poinsettia & snow, it really Is Christmas :-)
      Thank you for your lovely comment & wishes for a great 2016

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