Tatted Snowflakes Jennifer Williams
What a fantastic summer this has been for new tatting books. Here's another book to add to your collection. A collection of snowflakes from Jennifer Williams of the UK who is a member of the Ring of Tatters and well-known for her graceful patterns. She has shared several of them with the Online Tatting Class (www.georgiaseitz.com.), too.
Tatted Snowflakes by Jennifer Wiliams ©2015
Jennifer's smile is reflected in the bright color palette which she has used for her snowflakes. There are 20 patterns from which to choose. The experienced tatter will be intrigued by the flakes which feature the lock stitch chain. And the new tatters will benefit from the exercise in the placement of beads on the lace.
The patterns are quite varied ranging from simple 6-pt ring and chain repeats to multi layers of tatting arranged in the celtic tatting style. Gracefully elegant lace designs are embellished also with pearls, beads, sequins, buttons and cabone rings. I find the pattern "Karen" which drips sequins to be most attractive.
And these "snowflakes" will serve double duty. Holidays decorations must move over as these lace pieces make stylish clothing accents and jewelry.
The text is in English but the clear photos and the numbered diagrams make them easy for all to read. And the tutorial photos are very detailed. This is a petite book so you can carry it with you, 8.5" x 6". It is paperbound and has 48 pages of full color tatting, including illustrations.
One of the most troublesome joins for tatters is that of the last join between outward facing rings. In this book, Jennifer goes into great detail to explain the process. The text is illustrated with precise line drawings. (I would only suggest that when you try this join at first, that you do not unfold the ring until the last ring has been completely closed.
Note: I acquired this book for my personal tatting reference library. G. Seitz
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