Thursday, 22 April 2010

Continuing on Colours in Tatting

After reading the comments on the earlier post regarding colours, I decided to be practical and make some samples for comparison.

It started with this one all done in white, but with beads added in.  Tatted with size 20 thread, this snowflake measures about 20cm across.

This second one is using the Lizbeth threads that I received from PaulaC.  It is a mix of solid and multi-coloured.  This is also in size 20.  I was working off the ball for this and had to do a SLT for one of the rings in each repeat.  I don't really like to use the SLT in this design because it causes a kink in the chain.  If you look closely, you should be able to pick out where I did the SLT.

And for the final one, I decided to go totally variegated and use one of my HDTs.  I can't remember what and whose thread this is because the tag has fallen off.  It feels like a size 40.  The finished motif measures about 8.5cm across.  Again, here I worked it with shuttle and ball, but this time I loaded the HDT on one of the EZ-bobs.  I did not have to use the SLT this time.  Instead I use the EZ-bob as a shuttle to make the particular rings that I had used the SLT for before.

I can't really decide which one I like best.  
The one in white brought up a centre design that is not so obvious in the other two.  
The solid in the 2nd piece draws attention to an outline of each branch of the snowflake.  
These two points may not be easily seen in the 3rd version but it is pretty on its own for the lovely shades of the HDT.

In the end, it depends on the tatter to choose the thread but a little imagination and some creative thoughts can produce an impactful tatting.


  1. All of them look very pretty but I love the second one. I like how the color makes the outline of the snowflake.

  2. I like them in this order... 3, 1, 2. I don't know why.

  3. I have to agree with you on your observations about the colors verses white. But against the right background the colors would 'pop'. I really like all three variations and think they look beautiful!

  4. Salam gracious Hajjah,

    Thanks for commenting on my imaginary tatting magazine page. I've long admired your blog, especially your diagrams. They are so elegant and clear.

    I'm still trying to get past the 'lace should be white' stage, so I find the first one is the most appealing.

  5. Very nice. I particularly like #3.

  6. Salam,
    Oh I love them all!!!

  7. Thank you everyone for leaving comments.
    I still can't decide which one I like most. Each has its own feature that stands out individually.

  8. bardzo ładne gwiazdki i będą ozdobą na choince, pozdrawiam

  9. Mi piace molto bianco.
    Mi puoi mandare il tutotrial?

    1. Monica, there is no pattern for this exact design. I was working on it for my book Elegant Tatting Gems. A pattern similar to this is available in the book which you can order online from some tatting suppliers such as Handy Hands, The Tatting Corner or Roseground.


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