After my long break from the pattern, Hannah looks good to go! I’ve done it in purple… maybe not the best colour for a snowflake, but good for the experimentation phase!
After a long break, the Helga pattern is done and the experiment with white and purple thread looks good! Well, the colours are quite extreme… maybe not purple.
After a long time without working on the Heathers patterns I have come back to them! And the Harriet pattern is disappointing so far.
I tried adding in some rings inside the pattern, and they just look messy.
I’ve also experimented with the “donuts” purple inside white, rather than the alternating colours as I did with the first experiment. As you can see with the larger thread… the base of each one looks awkward, and the size of the joins is very variable. This is likely because I am using rings inside the donuts, where most donuts are done with chains. I will need to rethink this pattern.
Irene’s pattern is available at: knotshire.etsy.com
I am currently planning to switch thread manufacturers because the DMC thread is harder for me to source (the reliability of sites like Herschners.ca is very disappointing) and because the colours offered by DMC are not being updated with new choices. The Lizbeth thread is very commonly praised by other tatters on their blogs, so I am trying it out.
The shocking part is that the sizes of Lizbeth and DMC threads are wildly different!
The higher the number, the thinner the thread, the smaller the finished tatting should be. But this only applies within the brand!
Doing completely the opposite to what I was expecting, Size 8 in DMC makes a much smaller snowflake than Size 10 in Lizbeth.
I though size 20 would be much smaller than size 12, but it turns out it makes much bigger doilies.
Even when comparing DMC size 8 to Lizbeth size 20 is a shock – they are close to the same!
After a reset on the side, I started with repeating the clusters from the top.
Still doing the repeat, with a mirror image of the top.
For a new attempt at the side, a departure from the clusters. Note that joining at the picots was necessary. I started without the joins but that let the work flop and fold around the side, so I redid the work making all the joins.
Put onto the pincushion, this side pattern repeat seems to be working.
This is not enough to complete the pattern, I will need additional row(s) for this pattern.
This was an experiment that did not turn out well.
The excess of tatting is shown in the image, there is just too much for the side.
On the good side, having the pincushion to use while experimenting is working really well. Putting the tatting on the pincushion means I don’t have to imagine what it will look like, it’s obvious!