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Friday, November 20, 2015

Trying Frivole's Method

Joëlle from Le Blog de Frivole has been having such success with creating tatted snowflakes from photographs of real snowflakes, I thought I would give it a try. Well, let me tell you, it is NOT easy! I found it really difficult to make my tatting conform to the straight lines and sharp features of an actual snowflake. In the end, I sort of "fudged" it and let the tatting curve as it naturally does.


I'm pleased with the way the tatting turned out, though it does not resemble the real snowflakes I was looking at. Perhaps I just need more tricks in my bag to simulate the sharp geometrical features of an actual snowflake. Overall, it was fun to do, and I'll probably try this method again in the future.

With the Holidays coming up, I know people will be pretty busy, but would anyone be willing to test out this pattern (I'm thinking a soft deadline around December 7)? I can take up to 4 testers if there is interest. Aside from basic techniques there is one mock picot, some lock joins, floating rings, and simple directional changes. If you'd like to test it out let me know either in the comments below or by using the contact form on the right side bar of my blog. (If you leave a comment check back on this blog post to make sure I've got your email).

Update: Thanks everyone who volunteered to test the pattern for me. I'm going to cut off the list at Fox's comment, so that I don't have too many emails to keep track of. 

Test tatters can claim a few single patterns from my shop (or one pattern bundle), OR store credit for future patterns. Etsy doesn't technically have a way of setting up store credit so I will have to keep a record of that myself.

I ended up using iBooks Author to put this pattern together and I am very impressed with the program. It is much more streamlined than using Inkscape alone. Inkscape is still essential for creating the diagrams, which can then be imported into iBooks Author as image files. I will talk more about my experience with the program in a future post.

30 comments:

  1. I think your test is excellent and would be like to be a test tatter. :)

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    1. Thanks Bernice. I don't think I have your email, so could you send me a quick note using the Comment Form on the right side bar of my blog? (I've also just messaged you on your blog so you have the option of responding to that email notification instead if you'd like).

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    2. Pattern has just been sent your way!

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  2. I've got time if you'd like me to have a go.

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    1. Thanks Jane, it's just been sent to you :)

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  3. I would love to test out your pattern. It's very pretty!!!!

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    1. Thanks, could you send me a quick note on my Contact Form so I can get your email?

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    2. Just sent it over, and hopefully not to the spam folder (I've been filtered by Yahoo before!)

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  4. It's a wonderful snowflake!!! :)

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  5. Oooo..gorgeous!!! Can't wait till the testing is done and the pattern is available!! So very pretty!!1

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  6. Oooh, I love love the shape of this one Robin! I'm sorry I didn't see your post quick enough to offer to test tat! I'll look forward to purchasing it when it's available.

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  7. I love the shape and gorgeous pattern, sorry I was too late to volunteer, perhaps next time you need a test tatter you might consider me. I look forward to being able to buy the pattern when it's ready.
    Margaret

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    1. My test tatters were so wonderful last time (you included), and I know there were some who said that they wanted to test tat in the future. I considered sending out emails but didn't want to be a bother over the Holidays. I'll let you know next time I have something :)

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  8. Das ist eine wunderschöne Schneeflocke!

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  9. I look forward to your snowflake pattern being available for purchase!

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  10. let us know how to purchase this fine beauty it wonderful!

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    1. Thanks! It should be up in my shop in the next week or so.

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  11. I thoroughly enjoyed working this pattern ! Thanks, Robin :-)

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  12. Your patterns are so mind-boggling, and this one is particularly attractive! I continue to marvel at the results you are achieving while experimenting with software and then figuring out the tatting! I envision 'future world' tatters to be able to just lay a drawing on a scanner, and have a tatted pattern emerge with the correct knot counts! They will just take it for granted!

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    1. Thanks Kathy :)

      I often think, wouldn't it be nice if there was a computer program to estimate all the stitch counts from a drawing? Too bad I am not a software engineer...I would totally design this program if I could!

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  13. Love your snowflake!!!! When can one purchase a pattern???!

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    1. Thank you! It's just been posted to my shop.

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  14. Robin I'd love to test patterns if you do this again😄

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    1. Sure! Send me a message using the Contact Form on the right side bar of my blog and I can add you to my wait list.

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