Picture of Tatting a Snowflake on an Ornament
I have seen many examples of people tatting around ornaments and I wanted to give it a try myself.  So this is my first attempt and I plan on getting started sooner next Christmas and having many more fun tatted ornament designs.

Also, this is a different tatted snowflake than my other one.  I am not sure how well the other snowflake would work on an ornament.

For this project you need:
Tatting Needle
Cross Stitch Needle
Glass Ornament

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Step 1: Starting The Snowflake

Picture of Starting The Snowflake
To start your snowflake you are going to make the middle section.

1. R 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 cl. k
2. Working right next to the previous ring, R 3 connect to last picot of last ring 3 - 3 - 3
3. Repeat 2 until you have 5 rings.
4. R 3 connect to last picot of last ring 3 - 3
   Option 1 It is difficult, but if you can, after you tat those last 3 double stitches, connect to the first picot of the first ring.  It will look funny like in Picture 5, but it is possible.  Then tat 3 more and finish the ring.
   Option 2 after finishing the last 3 stitches, pull off your stitches while not allowing the ring to close (Picture 6 and 7), connect to the first picot of the first ring and tat 3 more stitches and finish the ring.

At this point the last ring will still be spaced away from the first ring and you want it to be all nice and tight so take your needle and thread it through the bottom of the first ring (Picture 8) and then knot it to make the center nice and tight.

jeditrish2 years ago
This is gorgeous! I so want to make some of these, but how do you make a reverse picot?
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  jeditrish2 years ago
Thanks! I'm really sorry, I thought I had linked to it.  Here is where I learned.  It's pretty easy.  So what you do is, do two of the first half of the double knot leave space for a picot and then do two of the second half of the double knot.  It causes the picot to invert itself :)  
Thank you so much! It does sound easy :)
I've been practicing these reverse picots and I'm having trouble with them. I'm doing them just as the link shows, but the picot doesn't seem to be laying right. It doesn't go flat like yours, it just points perpendicular from the needle instead of opposite where a normal picot would be.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  jeditrish2 years ago
Mmm, I think that is what they are going to want to do. I usually use my needle to kind of tug on my picots once I've made them so they will go in the right direction. So I usually force mine to lay right and I iron and spray starch them and that helps them stay. Do you happen to have a picture of what they look like right now?
No, I didn't take a picture. I think I was making the picots a bit too short (I tend to like the look of smaller picots vs the really long ones). Once I tried it with the picot longer, I was able to get it to lay the right way. It really doesn't stay, though, without a good pressing, it seems.
LizzieJean3 years ago
I'll be trying these out in time for next christmas for sure!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  LizzieJean3 years ago
Make sure you start early so you don't feel rushed and not try to rush finishing it the day your plane leaves like I did!
So Pretty! I'll have a picture up soon!
I look forward to seeing it :)
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I wish I had the patience to make these, they look so nice.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Thank you :)
Very pretty. :)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank you very much :)
Sporkette3 years ago
So pretty! When I actually learn how to do tatting (someday, right?) I will try to make these. They would be so cool to decorate with.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Sporkette3 years ago
They are really fun and pretty easy. I hope you get the chance to learn to tat; it really is so much fun!