These last two crosses done for mom are more of my favorite patterns to date. [Of course, I have many patterns I haven't tried yet . . . ] The first one is Mary Konior's Large Cross, from her Tatting with Visual Patterns book.
I used size 30 threads for this one, because as the pattern name states, it is LARGE when done with size 20 thread. [It takes up darn near the whole page of a 6 x 8 book!] I used a cream color for the chains and white for the rings. I love the shape of this one, but I can really see some problems with my tension in the chains. It's even worse looking at this picture! Nevertheless, it's still the one that grabs me first out of the 5 crosses I made.
The second one is Julie Patterson's Hearts and Flowers Cross, done with white size 20 thread. This is the very first cross pattern I made, and I still love it. I have an oops in the center that I couldn't quite figure out even how I made, but overall it's OK. Again, the picture seems to look worse than the actual bookmark. This is when I REALLY admire those tatters that post perfect pictures of perfect work.
While I was looking for cross patterns, I came across an old Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest magazine (Christmas Ornaments) I have kept since 1992. Wow, 20 years. That is about when I took a community ed class to learn how to tat, but then there was never a group or store or lessons anywhere after that. I could make rings and chains, but that was about it. Couldn't read a pattern, but I kept the magazine for "someday" when I learned. There seemed to be very few tatting patterns available at that time.
In any case, I still need to make the cross from that magazine now that I've found it again, but I decided to make the simple tail shown on that one. Simply long strands of thread looped onto the tatting, and then braided to however long desired.
Knot the end, leave a little tassel and ta-da! Quite simple, but I liked doing something a little different with the tail.
I think it's back to some burlap sewing now. This time will be for ME. And I really want to add a tatted motif somewhere on whatever it is I come up with :) THAT will give me a whole new reason to tat motifs - especially ones with beads!