Whether it is fall in your part of the hemisphere or spring, any time is perfect for tatting. The weather affects what colors we choose for tatting and what patterns we work. Snow white thread for snowflakes in the winter; brilliant oranges, ambers and browns for fall leaves; floral brights for summer bouquets; and sweet pastels for spring eggs and edgings.
Spring patterns range from eggs to chicks, from bunnies to babies. This list has a little of everything for all tatters of every type of experience.
Even simple patterns give us opportunities to learn and stretch our tatting expertise. Take this vintage pattern by Bessie Barker. First published in Oct. 1928 Needlecraft Magazine (pg. 10), it has the classic style of a traditional cut and tie pattern.
The basic diagram shows the two separate elements, the bunny and the cabbage head. However, the original pattern did not join these two elements as they were tatted. This makes the finished lace very floppy. This can be prevented by making a join.
A regular up/down join here, however, will create a leaning bunny and a lopsided cabbage. Here is the perfect place to try out the ball thread join (also called an inverted tatting join.) If you are tatting the cabbage as a ring, then do not draw up the join tightly. Twitch the threads so that there are two legs showing and it looks just like two picots touching. If you are tatting the cabbage as a self-closing mock ring, then use the ball thread to make the join as shown below.
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