Georgia Seitz - Ribbonwinners
Tatting Patterns & Shuttles
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Greenup, Illinois 62428 USA

April Snowflakes

Our Snowflake of the Month is brought to you by a cast of well not thousands, but half a dozen tatters at least!. Many thanks to all helping out.

Sharon Briggs shares this basic pattern for a floral edging with us. It is simple to make but offers many possibilities for variations. Sharon's "Lazy Daisy" model is shown above.

Here you can see the basic diagram. Sharon offers these guidelines:
"All of the rings in this edging are:
R 3 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 close ring (7 picots)

The picots on the flower stems are very tiny, just big enough to hold the sides together."

Note the stitch count for the stems in the enlarged diagram:

And now the variations!!

Here Terry Wynn has placed a variegated thread for the blossoms and a light green thread for the leaves.

Donata Jones tried out the pattern using variegated threads on both shuttles.

Our tatting baby doctor must have had a long wait in the delivery room one night as he prepared two versions for us! Be sure to note the third color introduced into the center of the flowers

And of course, there have to be beads somewhere. His second version reminded me of bright red geraniums in a window box!

Beads? Beads? Did someone mention beads?? Nina Libin must have been listening as she got right to work making versions of the very same edging with pearls, semi-precious gem chips, and seed beads. Wow. Just look at these!!!

And here the basic elements are broken down for easy viewing. This points out how we sometimes must change the joins to accomodate the placement of beads.

And I think I am still drooling over this granet chip encrusted motif. What an evening dress accent it would make!

But while all of us were thinking spring flowers, Janet Fenton was seeings stars, er well, snowflakes! She studied the diagram and began to adapt it!

Et Voila, our flower edging has become a flower flake... there is a moral in this story.

There is no tatting law that requires you to use an edging pattern only for an edging, or a snowflake for a flake, or an insertion for inserting! Look at the patterns without prejudice, study one repeat, and then see what YOU make of it!

Thanks again to all for helping out.

Any questions?
Sharon Briggs
Terry Wynn
Donata Jones
Anthony Hunt
Janet Fenton
Nina Libin