Its getting closer to Valentine's day and every tatter is thinking about hearts. What could be more appropriate for Valentine's gifts than hand made lace? Gina (http://threadsofatattinggoddess.blogspot.com/) has been making her favorite hearts, most of which are classic designs. Some are ones I've made a lot and some I haven't seen before.
Betsy Evan's rainbow heart bookmark is one of my favorites. I'm too lazy to make six hearts so I only make one heart for a bookmark. My mom and I (mostly my mom)once made over 300 of these hearts. She gave them as a gift at a Special Ladies dinner for the widowed wives of Shriner's. Thankfully, this pattern is still available at: http://www.frontiernet.net/~TammyRodgers/rainbow_heart_bookmark.html.
Just a note to those avid collectors of heart patterns that Jon over at http://tatsaway.blogspot.com/ has shared a new pattern that is very pretty. Its a very unique pattern. In the line of unique hearts, I really like Tattycat's Victorian Heart at http://www.freewebs.com/laurasmuse/heartpatterns.htm. I have to confess that I've never done the pattern but I love the way it looks.
I have been thinking of hearts and since I can never decide on one pattern I just fiddled around. Do you ever wonder why we tend to start at the top when making hearts? I have 2 attempts that turned out so I thought I would share them here. They are relatively simple patterns- I only ask you to do split rings and onion rings.
Love on a Stick
Size 10 thread CTM with 2 yards on each shuttle
lp- large picot
vlp- very large picot
vsp- very small picot
R 9 p 1 lp 1vl p 4 vsp 4 vlp 1 lp 1 p 1 9
Ch 30 lj (to vsp) 30 lj to base of ring
SR 2/2 tie and cut.
2 shuttles CTM
Seta- 3 1st half stitches
Setb- 3 2nd half stitches
vsp- very small picot
R1 10 vsp 7 vsp 7 vsp 10
R2 4+ (1st p R1) 4
Ch 15 lj (2nd p R2) 15
R3 4 + (3rd p R1) 4
Ch 15 lj to base of R1
R4 7 seta setb 7 (the next ring is an onion ring but there’s no joins, just make sure that R4 sits in R5)
Ch 18 switch shuttles
Shuttle 2 R6 6 vlp 6 cut vlp to make antennas switch shuttles
Ch 3 join back to base of R1 tie and cut.
If you are a huge butterfly person then you're in luck because Sherry has her new book of butterflies hot off the press at http://ladyshuttlemaker.blogspot.com/.