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  • Introduction
  • Tutorial
  • 24 Snowflake Patterns

Title: Julestjerner i Orkis(24 Snowflakes in Tatting)
Author/Designer: Lene Bjorn
Format/Publication Date: Booklet:2001
Publisher: Forlager Akacia, Denmark
Language(s): There are Danish and English versions of this book
Page Count: 32
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
ISBN: 87-7847-035-8

SUMMARY- The designs are crisp and beautiful with a good photo of each finished work. If you don't speak Danish, I recommend holding out for the English translation instead of the original, despite the inclusion of graphs. The graphs aren't all numbered so you know how many stitches between picots and joins, which is what I thought was the point of giving us graphs. This is the first in a series of tatting books put out by this publisher.

I decided to create a giant tome that contains all the published snowflake patterns that I'm aware of some time in 2016. This was the 7th book I tackled. The graphs are indeed hard to read, as there are mock rings and split rings to contend with, and they are not marked as such in the graphs. Numbers given are sometimes confusing, as with the spiral chains at the end of the book. Rounds are not clearly marked, and it takes some time to puzzle out where a round starts - definitely not a book for a beginner. I'd describe myself as a solid journeyman, and I ended up tatting almost all of them at least twice(a couple of them three times!) Despite the loveliness of the patterns, I'd give this one a miss until you have serious confidence in your abilities. I helped my future self, should I ever revisit this book, by taking notes in the margins and marking split and mock rings with a red felt pen once I was sure of the layout.

In the same series:
1. 24 Snowflakes in Tatting, by Lene Bjorn
2. Tatted Handkerchiefs, by Kirstine Nikolajsen, Inge Lise Nikolajsen
3. Tatted Butterflies, by Adelheid Dangela
4. Tatted Bookmarks(Cross-shaped), by Lene Bjorn
5. Tatted Animals, by Inga Madsen
6. Tatted Easter Eggs, by Kirsten Wind Hansen
7. Tatted Doilies, by Iris Niebach