Snowflake patterns are one of the first things I learned to tat. I followed shuttle and needle-tatting patterns out of many good books as a way to learn what it takes to create particular design ideas, sizing, and the basic skills of tatting. I eventually began creating my own patterns. The galleries on these pages are my own designs.
Typically, Snowflakes are very time and labor intensive considering their size. Tatting takes about 4-5 longer to create something of equivalent size that is crocheted. This is due to technique being knotted. A Lark’s Head Knot (sometimes called a Cow Hitch or Double Hitch knot) knot is tied over and over in a manner that forms rings and chains. Because of the laborious effort of creating snow I only create so many each year because I also like to focus on my Fiber Art and Jewelry designs. There are just not enough hours in the day to get a real blizzard going!
I will add to these collections as new Snowballs and Ice Crystals are made!
Snowballs are gorgeous satin covered balls with decadent, beaded, original, Snowflakes mounted on them. They are Limited Edition Ornaments sold in my Etsy Shop, Snappy Tatter year round.
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A ten-pointed flake with glass Aurora Borealis coated Czech beading, a bright red spoked center and glass pearl accent on a 2.5″ burgundy satin ball.
The Red Delicious-a large, decadently beaded Flair blossom and Leaf on a Christmas red satin ball. Silver-lined gold beads, Red and Aurora Borealis coated crystal, Czech glass in dark amber and clear seeds.
(sold) A royal blue ball with a crisp white flake in a simple design with pearl tipped pins and sequins.
(sold) A shimmery green satin ball with crisp white flakes secured with pearl tipped pins.
Crystal Clear glass ornaments with a unique snowflake dangling in the center. One-of-a-kind 6 ornament set.
A metallic green ball with white lacing and white pearl tip pins.
Red satin egg with graduated rings of tatting draped and pinned to the ball with red tip pearl pins.
The Ice Crystal Collection is aptly named because of all of the glass, crystal and pearl beading that turns the lace into sparkling, fancy ice. Most of these labor intensive Flakes have beading tatted and hand sewn into the design. Some are perfect with a simple crystal or glass pearl embellishing the center. They are Limited Edition Ornaments sold in my Etsy Shop, Snappy Tatter year round.
This photo is a collection I made for my mother-in-law to give as gifts.