Finally, Snowflakes!

Happy Tatting Tea Tuesday! Have you taken time out for tea and tatting today?

My tatting today was finishing off several snowflakes. Yes, I finally made a few! This pink one is my pattern for this years Christmas card snowflake.  It looks suspiciously like ones I've done before, though I'm not finding a picture of any exactly like it. The beads do give it a different look than it would have without them.  It measures just shy of two inches across when made with size 20 thread and a 1/2 inch center, so it's not very big.  This pink snowflake is for one of my daughters, who happens to like pink.  I'm not sure of the Lizbeth color number though it looks pretty close to the actual color, at least on my screen.

I've made several of these snowflakes so far, none in white.   I'm trying to be daring this year.  The first two I made I did a little differently than I made this one.  This one is done strictly with one shuttle and ball and no fancy techniques.  The 'rings' on the outside are chains that are joined in the same place they started.  On the first two I did I made them as self closing mock rings.  I had to work a little harder to have the SCMRs close prettily, and I didn't like the look of the back of the 'flake.  I had pictures I was going to post of the backs done both ways but I forgot to upload it and it's too late now (I don't have access to them at the moment.)

I have done a couple of other snowflakes, too.  This pattern is from several years ago (as seen here and here - it's hard to believe it's been that long!) but this time I added beads. It's a little hard to tell from the picture but the beads are a clear crystal. They really sparkle pretty on the Christmas tree.  I tried (and tried!) to get pictures of them on the tree, but none of those came out.  I had a hard time finding a good background that didn't make the red look washed out or orange.  

We're keeping Christmas simple this year, so other than getting several tatted things done I'm pretty much ready.  Okay, I haven't gotten out the Christmas cards yet.   There's still time, really!

"For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work."
Doug Larson

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