Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Sparkle pattern

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Snowflake  Sparkle

For this pattern, I’m trying something a wee bit different. I will upload a proper pdf in my Patterns page after a few days. And being a simple pattern, I have put it all in a one-page layout inspired by the style of some designers. This gives me an opportunity to proofread & correct any late changes to pdf (which I always seem to need), while still being available to anybody who wishes to give it a tat.
Center ring is a self closing mock ring (SCMR) with twisted picots alternating with very small picots. Climb out with a mock picot, the same size as the previous vsps.
One can avoid SCMR & make a normal ring instead. But in that case, load all 6 gold then 18 silver beads on to shuttle 1.
Tutorial for Twisted Picots here.

No RW, but SS where required. Tatted in one pass in clockwise direction.
Twisted picots in 2nd round chains are of different lengths for a bursting-out effect.

Following Frivolé’s recent tip to capture the sparkle as well as the gold & silver beads.
Tatted in size 40 thread, the finished snowflake measures 2" from picot tip to tip & 1" from ring tip to tip.

As one progresses, the long picots do tend to come in the way, making it a bit fiddly to handle.
Some stiffening will be required obviously . This is not stiffened yet.

And what if I stiffened it in this whirled fashion ?! It reminds me of the spinning wheel firecracker, or a cosmic phenomenon . It could be used as a symbolic motif for Diwali, with the use of multicoloured beads !

Here is the concise layout of pattern & the pdf download for easier printing

Many thanks to Robin for her Excellent Inkscape tutorials ! This was drawn after reading & applying part 1 (11a) of her latest in the series hereI think the diagram has emerged much better than all my earlier drawings, right ? I have been exploring a teeny tiny bit, but still a lot to learn from the Master.

Play out your own variations & hope you share a pic or link & any feedback . In case it is not possible to print out the pattern, feel free to leave a comment & I will convert to a pdf download.

happy tatting :-)

Motif #15/III for 25 Motif Challenge

Related Posts : Twisted Picot Tut


  1. That is wonderful I was just thinking about putting a bead at the end of the twisted picot very cute pattern, it also reminds me of a hurricane on a weather map too! :)

    1. Great minds, Carollyn :-D
      You are right about the hurricane depiction ! I could've named it "snowflake in a hurricane".

  2. Spectacular! Good to see that you're making progress with inkscape too, that's something I should do.

    1. Thanks, Jane :-)
      I am slowly trying to check out the many icons & options in Inkscape - at least the ones that seem to make immediate sense. It is fun !

  3. Yes, your diagrams are improving each time (I'm still impressed with your ultra complicated Endrucks diagram from last month).

    Who's the Master? I'm just someone who uses Google to explore answers to my own Inkscape questions. ( I have the theme song from The Last Dragon stuck in my head!)

    1. Oooo, thanks, Robin :-)
      That Endrucks diagram would've gone a Lot faster if I'd known what I knew by the end of it ! But that knowledge is fueling future diagrams.

      You will remain the Master for me. I had abandoned Inkscape & if it wasn't for you sharing the process, I'd have been muttering & slogging on Paint (yechh!)

      Hope you got the earworm out ;-P

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    1. So glad you liked it, Michelle :-))

  5. Looks sparkly :). Diagram looks great! I must get back to Robin's tuts. Wish there were more hours in a day :). Thanks for sharing the pattern :).

    1. Thanks, Jenn :-)
      Slow but steady ... that's all one can do in these limited hours!

  6. Very unique snowflake!!! :)
    Looks like you learned pretty well on that drawing program!!! :)

  7. Love this!!! it's such a clever idea!!

  8. So smart, love the spinning one.

  9. Thank you so very much, Sue, Karen, and Bernice :-)
    I like the spinning effect, too !

    (( Hugs ))

  10. Schön Ihr neues Muster, es gefällt mir sehr gut! Danke für die Anleitung.
    Lieben Gruß Cornelia

  11. Wow! I love this! The snowflake is so nice and tender. Great job!

    1. Thank you so very much for your sweet words :-)

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    1. Thaaaaaaaaaaank you, Emilia ;-P Love your enthusiasm (((hugs)))