A good way to get some insight into making your own designs is to look at what other people have done before. Take a look at this pattern called Anemone which is on the cover of the Dover publication Tatting Doilies and Edgings edited by Rita Weiss.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Many of the designs we tat could be done with different size rings. In fact people have often viewed a piece of lace, and not having the pattern they have worked out an approximation to make the same design. At some time later they come across the original pattern and note that although the original and their copy don't use the same stitch count, they both work. Sometimes though, the ring size is integral to the design like the tatted sea shell below.