Friday, January 16, 2009

Let It Snow?!!! Motifs 9, 10 and 11

I’m counting my 3-D bell from my previous post as Motif #8.

Since it’s been snowing off and on for the past few days (total 6” – plus record low temps), I’m inspired to post some snowflakes from the past!
(Also, please know that I seem to have little control over the spacing in my posts. I've 'edited' it as best I can. Possibly someone can give me some tips!)

I’m trying to put a ‘happy spin’ on my winter doldrums, (which always set in before winter starts!) and thought I’d see what some tatted snowflakes ( Motifs 9 and 10 below) would look like on a cute sweater I wear in the winter to cheer me up. (Actually they look good. Maybe I’ll tat new ones up!)

Motif #9 - Snowflake (with variation) from DMC Festive Tatting
(designed by Marion T. Leyds - No. 15 in book)

This is the first snowflake pattern I ever attempted back in 1991, and it’s still one of my favorites.

My ‘variation’ is that I did not include the thrown- off rings in the center and just put picots (thereby avoiding the use of the ‘feared’ second shuttle in my early learning stage)

Same snowflake with mirrored gem
in the center (front and back)

Adding the gem always adds some ‘sparkle’

Same snowflake, with silk ribbon poinsettia embellishment.

I like to use silk flowers in my tatting, even on snowflakes!

This snowflake is a reminder of our winter wedding (45 years ago on Jan 4!!) , where my maid of honor and bridesmaid wore red gowns and carried white fur muffs, with a red carnation spray. I had wanted poinsettias but the florist said they would wilt! The carnations looked lovely, though. Our wedding in 1964 was snow-free (just some snow leftover from a New Year’s Eve snowfall), but we got 10” on our return to work on the 13th!! ! Anniversaries have ranged in temps all the way from 60 degrees to minus 2! And on our 30th anniversary (1994) we spent the morning shoveling 10” of snow from our driveway so my husband could get to work! Annoyed as I was at having to shovel so much snow, I was very grateful that it didn’t snow like that on my wedding day!

Motif #10 - Snowflake (with variation) from DMC Festive Tatting
(designed by Marion T. Leyds – No. 5 in book)

Marion Leyds created a very similar snowflake to the one above, eliminating the long chains under the 5 top rings.

You can see how she came up with this variation, and indeed it has a different ‘look’ to it.

Again I didn’t include the thrown-off rings in the center, allowing me to hang a snowflake ‘crystal’ pendant.

When hung in a window, the crystal reflects sunlight through a prism and throws rainbow “lights” around a room. A true “sun catcher” !

Motif #11 - My Own Design (1995?) – No Picots!

The inspiration for this snowflake was a Lenox porcelain snowflake that I saw in a catalog.

I wondered if I could ‘copy’ it in tatting and sat down and sketched it out, then surprised myself by actually tatting it!

I can’t find the sketch or the pattern, which is probably tucked into the catalog, which may or may not still be in the house! It needs to be perfected a bit, as the rings kind of ‘lop over’ each other. On the other hand, it adds to the ‘antique-y’ look.

I have just realized that the above three snowflakes plus the eight-sided one I posted on December 18 (the Christmas card) are the only snowflake patterns I’ve ever tatted! I was concentrating more on my 3-D ornaments during my ‘tatting frenzy’ years (1990-94). I have been bedazzled by all the snowflake patterns tatted by everyone, including the gorgeous HDT’s!

Hope those of you in the cold climates are staying warm! (Hey, Tattingchic - and those in sunny climes – just a little envy! OK – maybe a lot of envy!!!!) I’m trying to appreciate the beauty of the snow (it IS beautiful on a sunny, blue-sky day) and, thankfully, I really don’t have to go out in it (except for shoveling and food shopping), but I miss the joy of walking around the neighborhood and sitting in my backyard among the birds and flowers! At least the stores are starting to put out gardening items – that helps cheer me up!


Gina said...

And they are all beautiful!
I'm waiting to hear about the tatted shoes. I just love those!

About spacing. When you are in the html mode, start your post right after the /a end of the graphic. When you are done with the paragraph, enter one line and that's all. If you have a very very short post next to a photo, you can put a line or two in before you start the entry and that might center it, but most of the time, when it publishes, the text goes down further than you think. In preview, it will show the pics overlapping but when it publishes, they are usually pushed down under each other if they are all oriented on the same side. One of the best (though tedious) ways to understand how it works is to keep going back to the "edit blog post" and enter/delete empty lines, publishing and editing, until you get it the way you want. You'll eventually figure out what works best.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Hi Gina – Thanks for the quick comeback and taking the time to explain editing! I learned early on not to bother with “Preview” and just go straight to “Publish” - then go back and “Edit”. But when I try to edit, the spacing looks OK in the ‘Compose’ area – so I can’t make the spacing any tighter. I haven't tried 'overlapping' the photos! My problem is I don’t understand HTML at all! Scares me just to look at it! How does anyone learn HTML? It reminds me of looking under the hood of a car and not wanting to go there! I appreciate the interest in the shoes! I have to decipher my drawings from back in 1993, then figure out how to make them clear to everyone – including myself!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Oh, Kathy! The snowflakes are beautiful! I think I need to pull out that book now and try some of this design. I have lots of little goodies that would look pretty in the center of that snowflake. My mind is reeling with possibilities now!

My mom always wanted one of us to have a December or January wedding with bridesmaids wearing red or green velvet and carrying poinsettias or white muffs, just like in White Christmas. I loved the image, but the reality of Chicago winters set in, and it never happened. Plus, neither husband was interested in a winter wedding! Happy Anniversary!

TattingChic said...

Very cute! I LOVE love LoVe what you did with your snowflakes! Beautiful! You have such class with your tatting, Kathy! I admire it greatly! :)