This pink carnation is one of the designs from my book Transitions in Tatting. It was made about 10 years ago and it hasn't gone flat in all that time. The flower measures about 2.5 inches across and was tatting in Coats Opera thread size 20. Opera is a 3 strand thread and size 20 is closer to size 30 in a 6 cord thread. I added some simple leaves that were just cloverleaf tips with gradually larger rings and chains down one side and back up the other. The addition of a bar pin on the back allows me to wear it whenever I need a splash of colour.
I have another one in white made with size 30 thread that I have mounted on a hair barrette with green leaves of a similar kind on either side. Both of these get used regularly and other than an occasional swish through soapy water and a quick rinse when they become soiled I don't do anything to them.