Time to update my neglected blog. I have been tatting, just not scanning or photographing or blogging. It is so much easier to snap and share on Facebook, but I have not been doing a lot of that either.
A Facebook Tatting Friend shared that she was going to make this snowflake. I remember back in 2008 when Ruth Perry shared this pattern with the On Line Tatting Class. I attempted to make it, made one heck of a mess and went back to tatting other things.
Time passes. I've now attended Palmetto Tat Days 8 times (#9 is just a month away and I can hardly wait.) I've been to Fingerlakes 4 times, Fringe Elements Tatting twice. I spent 2 weekends in Indiana in classes with The Shuttle Brothers. I've had tatting classes with many talented tatters. I even spent a weekend at Ruth Perry's house tatting and chatting in January 2016.
I printed the pattern and loaded shuttles with size 20 thread. First attempt I got most way through arm 4 and realized that arm 3 was not twisted correctly, attempts to fix it resulted in a major mess. Twisted, tangled and frustrated, scissors were brought out.
I briefly considered tatting this with size 10 thread. The arms were 2.5 inches from center to tip, and I still had the outer round to complete, and I did not want a humongous snowflake so I continued in size 20 thread. Above is the second attempt when I stopped for the night.