Katie Experimenting 1

first experiment on Katie design
A set of shamrocks, and figuring out how to join them together.

Spring is coming, and shamrocks are on my mind… so my newest pattern that I will call Katie will be full of shamrocks.

This photo has a lot of experiments on the start of the pattern. I started with the little shamrocks in the middle and tried to figure out how to join them. Then I thought some bigger ones could be added. The stitches in between are full of small rings in case I want to join something to the base design.

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Katie Inspiration

Katie Inspiration Loose Design
A looser, more relaxed than usual vintage design. From Tina Frauberger Schiffchenspitze 1921 book page 88.
Katie Inspiration Open and Airy
An open and airy vintage design. From Tina Frauberger Schiffchenspitze 1921 book page 66.

Inspiration for my next doily pattern which I will name Katie. I’m planning a shamrock filled, relaxed and airy design. Both of these inspiration pieces are from a German book published in 1921.

Heathers: Hannah and Helga Complete

Hannah and Helga Finished
Hannah and Helga completed with Arctic White and Show White thread

Finished result of my Hannah and Helga pattern creations! This shows the snowflakes tatted with Arctic White thread hand dyed by AlenAleaDesign.etsy.com and Snow White thread from Lizbeth.

Hannah Helga Tatting Patterns
New patterns Hannah and Helga now available at my Etsy shop

Now available at my Knotshire.etsy.com shop!

Heathers: Harriet experimenting 2

Harriet experimenting
Experimenting with the pattern but it’s disappointing

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.