I was looking through my Design Notebook this week and was looking at a couple of my snowflake designs and thought "I should get one done while it is in season".
So Monday I went home and found this lightly variegated blue thread. I know that it should be tatted in white thread, but I'm just not a white-kinda person. Don't get me wrong, I love the look of white tatting! I really do. My problem is that I just don't work well with white thread, i.e. I don't have the time to devote to the cleanliness that is needed to work with white thread. (That is why all my work is in dark or vibrant colors.) So the fact that this snowflake is blue reminds me of glacial. In this case the process is reversed--snowflakes come down and aggregate to become glaciers which take on a stellar blue color. My snowflake knows that it is destined to become glacier-blue and has decided to start that way.
I tatted it on breaks from work and evenings in two days and then started creating the illustrated pattern. I realized that the creation of the illustrated pattern takes at least as much time as the actual tatting. Both are labors of love.
BTW, I have about 5-6 more snowflake patterns in my design notebook....most are quite a bit bigger that this one, thus this one is named 'small snowflake'.
This pattern may not be in time for Christmas, but here in Nebraska snowflakes still fly for several months into the new year.