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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #34 – Flurry Snowflake

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will post a picture of how our tatting turned out when we followed the pattern. Following the challenge, we will feature reader completions of past challenges.

Challenge Issued: Follow the linked pattern in any color combinations and thread sizes you choose.  [Variations of the pattern are welcome and encouraged.]  Then snap a picture and send it to sbspokane@yahoo.com with the subject line “Weekly Challenge” to see your completed work featured as part of next week’s challenge post. Be sure to include the name you wish us to list with your photo – we want to give you credit! [There is no time limit on sending in your picture – feel free to send in any weekly challenge pictures (from last week or weeks/months ago) and we will feature them as part of the next Wednesday’s post.]

Weekly Challenge #34 – Flurry Snowflake

This week’s pattern is by the amazing Jane Eborall! She has several wonderful patterns available for tatters around the world to enjoy.

Pattern: Flurry Snowflake

In progress Flurry Snowflake - design by Jane Eborall. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

In progress Flurry Snowflake – design by Jane Eborall. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

I’m currently on a snowflake kick for my tree and this one is a lot of fun! However, I’ve miscalculated the amount of time it takes me to add beads to a picot before a join. Thus, you get to enjoy an in-progress shot. I will upload my completed snowflake when it is finished and I look forward to seeing yours!

You can find Jane Eborall at any of these locations:

Blog: http://www.janeeborall.blogspot.com/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tattingjane/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/janeeborall
Tatting Patterns: http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/
 
 

Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge # 32 - Tatted Roman Cross - Tatted by Kristen Fink in size 30 Cebélia thread.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge # 32 – Tatted Roman Cross – Tatted by Kristen Fink in size 30 Cebélia thread.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #18 - Hedgehog - Tatted by Claire Perrin "As it was for a bookmark, I used small seed beads, and glued the tatting on a piece of felt.  The thread is Lizbeth 'Falling leaves' in size 20."

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #18 – Hedgehog – Tatted by Claire Perrin “As it was for a bookmark, I used small seed beads, and glued the tatting on a piece of felt.
The thread is Lizbeth ‘Falling leaves’ in size 20.”

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

Reader Submitted Snowflake Flurry

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Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

If you have a free pattern you would like to see featured as part of the Weekly Challenge – let us know by leaving a comment or by sending an email to sbspokane@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing your creations!

– Natalie

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Elegant Tatting Gems by Jon Yusoff

I love tatted snowflakes. They are usually quick, easy projects with wonderful results. Elegant Tatting Gems by Jon tattedgemsYusoff includes 18 snowflake patterns that only take about 1.5 to 5 hours each, depending on skill level. I was able to complete 13 of the 18 designs before I ran out of my selected thread. I tried to stretch it by adding in some white so if you are planning to do them all make sure you have 2 balls before starting.

Elegant Tatting Gems: A collection of snowflake designs
Jon Yusoff
Published 2011
Final Grade: A-

Price 21.95
Soft Cover
Full Color
ISBN # unavailable

Pattern Presentation: Grade B+
Each snowflake pattern includes a diagram and written instructions and a clear picture of the completed item. Patterns are easy to follow and several have interesting techniques that will challenge most tatters but are presented in such a way that beginners should be able to figure them out.
Patterns requiring more than one shuttle are color coded to help the tatter know which shuttle should be used as the ball thread.
The only problem I had with following the patterns is that the first half of the book is that the pattern and the picture are not visable at the same time when the book is propped open. it can be disconcerting to be working on one diagram and looking at the picture of another snowflake. This is only for the first 9 patterns. The second half of the book the picture and the diagram are together.

Pattern Variety: A-
While some patterns seem to fall together into the same families, in my opinion, each snowflake has its own personality.

Finishing Off: A-
None of the patterns include suggested placement for Magic Threads, tatters familiar with the technique should be able to discern proper placement before they begin. For most patterns, I included one in the first ring and the final chain.
14 of the 18 snowflakes are completed using 2 shuttles wound CTM so once completed, there are only 2 ends to hide. 3 of the remaining patterns require 2 rounds and the last one calls for 3 rounds to complete.

Final Thoughts:
I really enjoyed tatting from this book. I would recommend it to most tatters. I know Jon Yusoff has 2 other books and I look forward to seeing if they are of the same calibre.

Did I get it right? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. We would also love to see pictures of any snowflakes you have made from this book.

Davina-Marie

Below are my snowflakes. They have not been blocked and I am severely lacking when it comes to photography skills. I used lizbeth Blue Ice #163

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