Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Snowflake pattern

Since some time I want to start to work some little thing for the holidays... The normal little stars, snowflakes, a small wreath. All good intentions, everything planned. And then I opened my beads box. Big mistake! I got the idea to use bugle beads. Never tatted with them before, so, why not?

First was the traditionl drawing... I was tempted to scan it but then I remember what my son told me: "Mom, you were good in geometry, but drawing it not your strenght." He gave me some ideas too. Funny how a tatting free mind can lead to nice tatting ideas. His idea will come too, because is quite nice and challenging.

I tatted in a hurry this:

I was really affraid that I copied at least partially the Ice Queen of Frivole, but no, I had the confirmation that I did not do it. So I can now post the pattern of this star... or snowflake... you tell me what it is. It is not difficult, the only thing wich can disturb a beginner are the paper clips to hold the beads. You can skip them, bu measuring correctly the very large picots you will have to make.

You will need 2 shuttles, 12 bugle beads, a paper clip and a fine hook.
First of all, this would the way you add the bugles. I hope it helps.


Then the pattern. It has 3 rounds. The first 2 rounds are here.

Round 1
Ring: 6 ds s times with 5 small picots in between.

Second round: 
Split ring: shuttle 1: 6 vlp (2 bugles) 3 ds. repeat the same with the second shuttle. Do not turn work.
Chain: 16 ds (you can adjust to 18). Turn work.
Start ring: 3 ds join to the bugle picot 6 ds join to the ring 6 ds vlp (2 bugles) 3 ds, close ring, turn work.

You have then to repeat this sequence. You will notice that the bugles are a bit longer than the chain. At least, with my thread, it was like this. So make sure the are all on the same side of the work.

After the last chain, you have the rosette done. Make lock join and move to the next round.

Third round
This one is also easy.
Chain 16 (you can add more or make less). Turn work.
Start ring with the core thread: 6ds join in between the 2 bugles 6 ds, close, turn work.
Take the other shuttle and work the trefoil.
Finish with chain 16 and make lock join.

Hope it is understandable.
You have to adjust the ds according to your thread (and the bugles!) I used Frecia 12 and 5mm long bugles. Try to make sure that the bugles have the same size. In my case I had to choose them... And do not rush like I did... If not, the trefoil will not be that nice and the second part of the chain has not a nice start.
The snowflake is stable due to the bugles. Formine, I just have to fix it a bit, because of the uneven small rings. The next one was already better.

Hope you will like it and you will have no problem to follow the pattern.


  1. Oooo imi place foarte mult modelul acesta.
    Foarte mult!

  2. Merci Corina c'est super gentil tes partages.

  3. Oh so beautiful!!! :)
    You tatted that in a hurry?? That is amazing!! :)

    1. I made the sketch, but I did not put any stich count in my drawing.... So I had to rush. It does not take long to tat it... A bit ennoying are the pauses to place the beads. But if you have the hang of it, it is just piece of cake. The second one I did last evening was a bit faster... Trust me!

  4. Thank you for such a beautiful pattern, I love working with bugle beads and so must give it a try

  5. oh la la belle réalisation aussi :)
    Je l'ajoute à ma liste de tatting que je veux réaliser ;)
    très généreux de ta part de partager tous ces beaux patterns !!!!

    1. Aurélie... ça passe un peu pour le marché de Noël, n'est-ce pas? C'est pour cela que je ne pouvais trop attendre avec le schéma. Ça se fait bien rapidement, tu vas voir. Bisous

    2. J'espère avoir le temps de le faire pour le marché de Noël qui approche à grands pas !!!! C'est très très joli :)
      Il ne me reste plus qu'à trouver du coton ou fil polyester brillant blanc... car je n'en ai pas... hélas.

  6. muy bonito el patrón, gracias por ofrecerlo, voy a practicarlo que es la epoca adecuada. saludos

  7. ¡Hola Corina!

    Quería agradecerte por el patrón. Estuve tejiéndolo, y me encanta! Ya mostraré fotos completas, por ahora hay una "en progreso" en mi blog:



    1. Hola, Mónica. Me alegro saber que mi copo te encantó. Más, visité tu blog, un placer ver tu trabajo. El copo salio muy bien ;) .

    2. Hola Corina!

      Puse mis copitos en mi blog: ¡Gracias de nuevo por el patrón!

  8. Corina, that is a lovely snowflake. The online tatting class has had very little experience using bugle beads in tatting. May I have permission to use your patter in class next year? Would you be interested in guest teaching the lesson also?
    Georgia Seitz

  9. Hola Corina. Ayer segui tus explicaciones en la clase de Georgia y ahora acabo de hacerme seguidora de tu Blog.
    Eres una estupenda profesora y artista del frivolite.
    Intentare hacer el copo de nieve.¡¡Espero que me salga bien¡
    ¡¡Gracias por todo¡¡

    1. Hola Mercedes. Un placer haberte conocido ayer. Gracias para tus bonitas palabras. Suerte con el copo de nieve. Mira el primero post del 2014, ahí el paso a paso. Besitos.

  10. It is a snowstar! Both a snowflake and a star! :0)