...Jon's Magic Moment Snowflake.

I used Jon's Magic Moment Snowflake pattern. I used my daughter's..errr ... I mean Dr. VonThreadmore's HDT size 20, color ..um I forgot! (Hey Kiddo..which color is this one..picture is darker than actual color) I think that means I should label my threads!

After I blocked this tatted piece, I went back and looked at Jon's version. I realized that I may have over blocked it. Her center spokes are more curvy and mine are straight. I like hers better!

I want to comment my thoughts and feelings about Jon's patterns. I really like her style for the continuity of tatting. While I am able to tat in "rounds" I find it very annoying to cut and sew in ends because then my once nicely flat work becomes a bit distorted from sewing in the ends. It is very possible that I need to learn better in the technique sewing in ends...but ends do annoy me regardless. Jon's way in many of her patterns online that she shares graciously, you start at the beginning and take this journey of traveling around the bends, curves and end up at the end to join with the beginning, completing  the journey. 

I am looking for more patterns...either online or books of this style of tatting. If you have any to recommend, I would welcome them!

Oh! Before I forget.. if you know of a tatted cross bookmark pattern in ornate style.. please direct me!


Miranda said…
I think that blocking is part of the "artistic interpretation" that each tatter brings to a design. It really can change the shape of a piece. However, there is nothing wrong with that! One look is not better than another! I've learned to consider the exact shape I want before I start blocking, because it's all part of the artistry.

I agree with you about finishing the ends, too. I look for patterns with as few cut and ties as possible. Where I can, I use split rings, split chains, and mock picots to climb to the next round, even if that's not how the pattern is written; sometimes I will also start a pattern in a different place if that will make it easier to climb to the next round. In my own few designs, I have also tried to avoid cutting and tying. Having said all that, though, I also find that when I'm actually doing the sewing in, it's not so bad. It's just the thought of it, really.

Jane Eborall has a cross in "Celtic" style at http://www.e.n.e.btinternet.co.uk/SallyCross.pdf. If you have Mary Konior's book Tatting with Visual Patterns, there are a couple of nice crosses in there, too. Also remember that any pattern can be dressed up with beads or metallic threads if you need to make it look fancier.
Krystle said…
A couple of things, I didn't get the chance to send you that cross pattern before we left, we are in levenworth for thanksgiving. I'll be home on monday to get it to you.

The thread is Midsummer nights Dream.

And You might like Iris Neibach patterns, her doilies are done in that in and out type method. she has a few patterns for free on here website (you'll have to google her) I have a book of her doilies. THey are amazing but not for the faint of heart :-) she doesn't provide written directions only diagrams and some are very complex. you can get her doily book from Handyhands for cheap, her other books are more expensive
Karrieann said…
Have a load of fun Krystle!

Believe it or not.. I like diagrams than I do written instruction... words seem to boggle me!

Thanks for some tips, Miranda & Krystle!
Ladytats said…
Hi Karrieann,
the really ornate cross pattern that I like is called Colossians 2:14

I was looking for the link to the pattern online but can't find it. If any one knows how to get a hold of Rebecca ~ tatmom03 it is her pattern.
I'll post about mine on my blog tonight.
TypsTatting said…
Your snowflake is gorgeous and I think Jon's patterns are great!
***Jon**** said…
*grinning* Thank you Karrieann. I have a few more planned, all I need is time, he he he...

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