Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Snowing...Blue Snowflakes (Motifs 43-45)

Well, unless I basically quit tatting for the rest of 2013, I'm going to finish two 25 Motif Challenges this year!!! Amazing!

This has turned out to be one of those weeks where all I want to do is tat...consequently, my output has gone up. (Go figure) :)

And, since it's that time of year, my chosen subject has been the ever-popular snowflake...

Except that mine are blue, because I wanted to clear one of my shuttles and pink snowflakes just seemed weird.
Motif 43 (#10 on the way to 25 by the 25th)--It's a somewhat poorly executed rendition of the Unique Snowflake from the book "Tatted Snowflakes."
I say it's poorly done because all those spaces are supposed to be 1/4"...and they are clearly not...I did use the picot gauge, so I'm not 100% sure what happened...oh well, it's my husband's favorite of the three, so that counts for something, I guess... :)

So that one wasn't really good enough for the tree, in my opinion, but the next two were...
Motif 44 (#11 on the way to 25 by the 25th): Beaded Snowflake from "Tatted Snowflakes"

Here is where I went slightly awry in my plan to get the blue off the shuttle, because this pattern caught my eye and I actually had to add more thread to make the second round, which is made with one continuous chain...oops. :) Still, I think it turned out pretty well, and it was nice to work with beads on chains (another shuttle tatting first.)

So, once again I had a lot of blue thread on the shuttle (I always seem to be over-filling my shuttles) so, too bad, I had to make another ring-only pattern...
Motif 45 (#12 on the way to 25 by the 25th): 5-point snowflake based on Snowflake 3 from "Festive Snowflakes and Ornaments"

This was supposed to be a 6-point ring-only snowflake with lots of empty space in the middle, but I decided to add beads...and skip one of the points, partially because I didn't have enough thread to finish the last point, and partially because I didn't really have enough space to crowd in another point...I'm going to make the pattern again without the beads to see how it really looks, but I do like this a lot,'s kind of a star/snowflake hybrid, which is cool.

So that's that...there are 12 days to Christmas, and I have 13 motifs left to do to get to 25 by the 25th...that's just one motif/day...I can totally do that, right?! :)


  1. Oh yea! go for it! actually Lace lovin-librarian has some cute fast pattern's, and I got one with buttons that I did in an hour on my blog too. :) I like them all, and the first with a little sugar water soak and dry would look cool hanging from your car window. Well get busy !

    1. Thanks for the heads up on the fast patterns...I will definitely have to check those out... :)

  2. I have trouble with getting bare threads the right length, too, even using a gauge. All three snowflakes are pretty.

    1. Thanks! :) I have to say I don't enjoy bare thread tatting as much as I do ring and chain...but it's a learning process, I guess.

  3. Three beautiful snowflakes, Diane has some quick patterns on her blog, and I have a couple coming up over the next week, so I think you will be able to get the challenge finished, keep going you are nearly there.

    1. Thanks Margaret! Your snowflakes are definitely inspiring me! I will for sure check out Diane's blog for some more snowflake ideas! :) Hope you are feeling better!