I’m trying to do more tatting projects at the moment to practise my skills. Little motifs like this tatted flower are great for this as they’re small and quick. I get my regular practise and still have time for other crafts.
This bookmark is based on a pattern from New Tatting: Modern Lace Motifs and Projects by Tomoko Morimoto. The pattern is for a single flower, but I chose to make three and attach them together using picots on the chains. I like the tatted flower motif, but I couldn’t work out what to do with it other than add it to my box of random crafted items. Adding two more tatted flowers turned it into a bookmark making it functional as well as pretty.
I used Lizbeth size 3 thread in Ocean Sunset and Girly Girl to make the tatted flowers. The Lizbeth mixed colour threads are my favourite to work with at the moment. I enjoy the vibrant colours and how the same motif can look different depending on where the colour changes end up.
Part of the reason I’m practising a lot is that I want to design my own patterns. It’s useful to see how the elements fit together to make a design and modifying them helps me understand that. In this case, I started by making one tatted flower. I worked out which picots could be used to attach the next then tatted most of the next flower. Once I reached the penultimate chain I replaced the final picot with a join, followed by another join on the first picot of the final chain. After finishing the second tatted flower, I repeated the process for the third. This could easily be continued to make a longer chain and turned into a bracelet or lace scarf