Here is the pattern for this simple little star if you'd like to make it. It's quick to tat, perfect for last minute presents or to decorate a card. It does involve self-closing mock rings though! I like to use SCMRs because they produce a sharper angle between two chains (so better for stars). If I had used a thrown ring at the tip of the chains instead, the shape below would be more rounded and look more like a flower than a star.
And here is the second motif with six sides. I'm pleased with it. Yes, it is reminiscent of Flocon d'Or from last year, as Margaret pointed out, but it's also different enough to be a separate pattern of its own.
I've had this little star design in my pattern book for some time (last year I think). I got it back out thinking this was the time for stars. In fact, it had six sides when I started but I thought it would make a better star so I modified it to have five points instead.
Then I started playing with the design and I ended up with this:
Not at all like what I started with, is it?
Interesting sometimes, how designs evolve...
Now I'm thinking this second design would be better as a snowflake so I'd like it to have six sides! Done in one pass (of course) and I made it so that the threads end up at one of the points when you're finished so you can use the ends as a hanging loop and no need to hide them. Perfect. But, if you were wanting it as a six-sided motif, then would it look better if the threads finished between two "arms" or at the tip of one again?
Here is Wanda Salman's Crowned Wheel. I just saw it on her blog and thought how pretty it looked so I got the pattern and tatted it straight away… for a little change from the many Céleste I have been tatting recently.
I tatted this in Anchor Artiste Mercer Crochet (size 20), a thread which I hadn't liked when I first tried it but it's growing on me now I've tried it again.
The little tree begged to be tatted again with some beads for baubles… and of course, it needed a star for the top.
I strung a mix of beads (you can mostly see the red ones) and sprinkled them randomly as I tatted, slipping one up between stitches at various intervals.
I think the pattern designer meant for the threads to just be carried to go from one round to the other… but that wouldn't do - would it? So I finally figured out that this can indeed all be tatted in one pass, if using split rings (which are in the pattern) and split chains (which are not). And now that I find split chains easy (with Marie's method), this little tree is no trouble and tatted all in one go, just as I like it!
Now, I must get tatting snowflakes! It's soon time to start writing Christmas cards and I like to put a snowflake in mine…
I don't want to seem irreverent by moving on so quickly from my blogpost about Jan and his wonderful work. But it occurred to me that the best tribute we can make to the Mary Koniors and the Jan Stawaszs… is to KEEP TATTING! To carry on sharing our love of this beautiful art.
So that's exactly what I'm going to do.
Do you remember last month I had seen this pretty Christmas tree on Joschaocchi's blog? She then kindly helped me to obtain a copy of the pattern by Edith Roesti and even sent me THE TREE so I could study it and figure out how it's made. It took me a little while to get around to tatting it. The pattern is all in German and I couldn't figure out from the diagram how it would work and I kept putting it off. Well, no more. I decide it was time I tackled it. I'm still not clear on how the author meant the pattern to work out in a couple of places but I improvised where I couldn't understand and I'm still pleased with how it turned out.
I left a loop on top so it can be hung but as you can see, it can also stand. I have ordered some little stars to put on top of the next one I will be making.
Pretty clever construction. I like it! The "snow" is added afterwards with a round of crochet. I think I might also try it with a few beads for baubles.
And in size 20, it's just perfect to fit on the end of a pen or pencil.
I have always been a big fan of Jan's designs and feel very sad that we will see no more new creations from him. When I heard he had passed away, I got one of his books out and tatted the red motif above whilst thinking about him. I am really grateful for his contributions to the tatting world and will always cherish his two books which are some of my very favourite tatting publications. I send my best wishes to his mourning family and friends.
Here are a few of Jan's designs I have tatted in the last couple of years.
This is a motif I had started working on last year but for some reason had abandoned and never completed to my satisfaction. I was inspired when I found it again and decided to work on it some more. It was six-sided originally but I thought it would make a nicer star so I changed it to a five-point motif. This is not quite the final version but it was the prettiest of my samples so far.
I wanted to have a repeated star effect…
the first one made by the small rings in the centre,
then by the first round with lock chains
and then again with the second round with lock chains.
The other interesting problem this pattern presented me with was that I wanted to make it in one pass (as always!) which required the use of a split ring but as I'm using two colours for this motif, I ended up with a two-colour split ring when I wanted a one-colour ring! This got the brain cogs whirring… and I came up with a solution: my split ring is in fact a single-shuttle split ring… made with two shuttles! So you make the first half of the SSSR holding the two-shuttles together to make the stitches; this enables the colour you are not using to be enclosed with the core thread and hidden but end up at the other side of the ring, ready to use for your next chain. Perfect. Then make the second half of the SSSR as normal.
Now I'm not saying I've discovered something new - no doubt someone else has thought of this before me, but I was still chuffed to have found a solution to this problem which may present itself in other designing ideas.
And secondly, here is a beaded necklace I made for a friend (I'm pretty sure she doesn't look at my blog). She likes apple green so I hope she will be pleased with it.