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.
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!
Using the inspiration cluster and swoop for the top of Jackie works well. Note that this did need to be altered once I started working on the side… the clusters worked well in a ring with 13 repeats of the cluster, but the uneven number made the side very difficult!
The final row for this pincushion is a easy, natural mirrored repeat of row 3.
I’m quite happy with this pattern and will now write up the pattern and test it a few times!