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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Dedication
  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations
  • Additional Instructions
  • PATTERNS:
    • Ashley
    • Autumn Frost
    • Crown Jewel
    • Fan
    • Fanciful
    • Hidden Secrets
    • Juniper
    • Kim
    • Mariner's Point
    • Mockery
    • Peony
    • Pinwheel
    • Secrets Revealed
    • Tear Drop
    • Winter Rose
  • Meet the Author
  • Notes
  • More Notes

Title: Teeny Tatted Snowflakes: Fifteen Original Designs
Author/Designer: Samantha Melnychuk
Format/Publication Date: Sprlbnd:2004
Publisher: Self, Canada
Page Count: 45
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- Miss Melnychuk published this 3rd book when she was going to university. I really love snowflake patterns, and these are fantastic because of their small size. The instructions are well broken down for easy reading and follow standard symbolic notation - as well as having a clear diagram of each pattern. A beginner may be confused by them, though, because she doesn't tell you whether you are using Shuttle #1 or Shuttle #2 for the elements - you have to just know this from experience. She also includes split rings in nearly all the designs to prevent the need for cutting and tieing between rounds. The SCMR(self-closing mock ring) is employed in a few of the patterns. The photos are small black-and-white and clear enough you can get a general impression. I really loved her first book, and this one is a great follow up. She adds a large number of blank pages and "Notes" pages to her books, which I find interesting and potentially helpful. It's not a feature I see a lot of and maybe it should be standard with all tatting books. I mostly just fill up my books with sticky notes to remind myself of tricky bits and variations I chose, as well as sizes of thread/bead etc for specific projects. Ms. Melnychuk's way offers a permanent personalized record to be created for the edification of future owners.

I've made all the motifs in this book - they are quick to work up, and look even better than the pictures. I used size 20 Lizbeth "Blue Ice" for all of them, and encountered no difficulties. I still stand by needing some experience to work the patterns as written - she expects you to already have a firm grounding in the basics, as well as knowledge of split ring and SCMRs. You will need to study the diagrams and compare them to the written instructions carefully before proceeding.