Thursday, March 31, 2011

Easter Cross

I'm in  designing limbo. I have lots of thing that need doing that I'm just not taking the time to do right now. Plus I have lots of things I want to design that aren't working the way I want them to. One of the designs that I am determined to get done is a 3D pattern that just isn't working out to my satisfaction. My criteria is that it has to be readily recognizable. It has to hold it's shape without support. It needs to have the minimum amount of tatting to acheive all of these things. What is irritating me about it, is that each permutation of the design takes about 10 hours of tatting, just to get to the point where I know that the design isn't going to work. That means that it isn't a quick tat and after 5 tries, I'm no further ahead, and it's getting frustrating.

On the other hand, I needed a new cross pattern and this one whipped out as fast as I could tat it. This one is done in size 50 or 60 thread, but this one didn't get labelled so I don't know which it is. I did 4 pattern repeats on the short arms and 6 on the long one. I ended up with an empty space in the middle and added a 4 ring motif, but if I was doing it again I'd just throw them off the chains in the middle.

Since it will soon be Easter and time for tatted crosses, I thought you might like the pattern so here it is. I'm running out of hours so I haven't even proofread it yet so there might be something wonky, just so you know.


Fox said...

That lovely pattern would also make a great hankie edging using half of it.
Fox : )

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Thanks for sharing this pretty cross pattern. Also, the 3D item sounds very interesting!

By the way, is that a red 'Pony' shuttle? I've only recently learned about them! (I love the color!) There seem to be different opinions. Do you enjoy working with it?

Since it's now Tatting Day (after Midnight!) , I wish to thank you again for all you do. Our Maple Festival event is this weekend, so I'll be spending Tatting Day setting up for it. Unfortunately the weather isn't looking too great. We're in a protected pavilion, but it's still cold in there!

I'm starting to get much more confident with the Serif Draw Software, and I plan to finally get moving on my slipper pattern! I haven't forgotten about it!!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Sharon, you design such beautiful pieces! I love the cross!

Margarets designer cards said...

Thanks for sharing a lovely pattern of a cross, look really easy and pretty.

Tattin' Kat said...

Thanks for sharing. Maybe I can give it a try before Easter!!

Suztats said...

It's beautiful! Thank you.

Art by JoyMac said...

Your Tatted Cross is gorgeous...thanks for sharing the pattern

Eva said...

Great! Thanks för sharing the pattern.