I wish that I hadn't used jump rings on the outer row, but oh well. This pattern can, or course, be done with just picots. It tats up quickly and I think it looks really nice! If the middle, outside chains are extended to maybe 10 stitches, several could be put together and used as a mat.
Rarely do I buy books, but, back in the tatting mood, I thought it was appropriate. This is the first book I ever had. A teacher gave it to me as a gift (so kind!). It has great patterns and *gasp* crowns! Not to mention, a million motifs as well as beautiful, simple doilies. Last year, I gave it to someone who wanted to learn to tat. I don't think they ever did, but I certainly missed the book a great deal. Highly recommended if you don't have it already!
A couple days ago I posted, asking about any good books for little motifs and both Diane and Margaret recommended Tatting Collage. There truly are itty bitty motifs in here, as well as a lot of freehand stuff. I've never played around with that.
Finally, this isn't tatting, but it is about snowflakes. I keep seeing tons of snowflakes on blogger (appropriately), but I really don't think I have the patience for tatted snowflakes, so I decided crochet would be easier. Lazy me. I haven't opened this book, but once I get to crocheting, I'll tell you how it is!
I need some advice. My grandma (70) doesn't like THINGS. She also doesn't like people doing things for her. She really enjoys my tatting, but it just goes into a baggy in her dresser when I give lace to her. Any ideas?