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July 5 2018 Tatting Newsletter

Snowflakes have 6 points

Or do they?. The traditional tatted snowflake has a total of 6 points or a multiple of 6 points. This tradition is based upon the fact the physical crystalline structure of snowflakes is based on 6 points. All snowflakes have 6 points. This has been the tatting standard for decades. Right?

Of course that is right.

I am now in my 70th year and my almost 39th year of tatting, I have just discovered that what I thought was true is not necessarily so.

Science now says that in a rare circumstance, if the temperature is -2 C or 28 F, a snowflake can be formed in a triangular shape. 3 points perfect.

So does this mean that we must now allow the 5 point star to be called a "snowflake?"

Is this wrong? Is this heresy? No, not at all.

We may continue to design and tat all the 6 point snowflakes we want. And if we forget a point, why we can adopt it as a 5 point "starflake."

And we can make 12 point or 18 points flakes, too. And dress it up even more with double and quadruple picots to add more points to them.

Plus we can add more design elements to the centers. As Roger did in his 6 point snowflake with needle weaving tatted in one pass.

And vintage patterns may be altered to create new snowflakes. As was done with this Silk Tatting Lesson Book 12-point motif by Katie Verna.

So, now that it settled, there is another controversy to consider.

All snowflakes are white, right? Oh, my that isn't so either. Just in the last few weeks, tatters have risen up in protest against the bland, ordinary but oh so traditional white snowflake. There is even a new group whose cover photo proclaims their opinion.

tatted by Pamela Myers as a gift For Karne BP founder of this group

So what is the "point" of these comments and trivia? No matter the color thread. No matter the shape. And, with however many points you want, please tat on.

Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.

Square Motif - Daniela Mendola Daniela Mendola shares another motif just right for the beginning tatter. A square motif.


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Georgia Seitz, Tatting Editor http://tatting.bellaonline.com One of the hundreds of sites at BellaOnline.com

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