Here are some Christmas Medallions. They are designed by Nancy Tracy. She has the Be-stitchedweb site. I tatted both of these medallions for Christmas swaps. I hope the recipients like them as much as I enjoyed tatting them.
The thread I used is Altin Basak 50, equivalent to about 20 in other threads. I find the gold filament running through the thread breaks very easily when drawing the rings up and is nearly impossible to untat. So, if you tat with it, concentrate on the chart and don't make mistakes !! It looks very pretty though and is worth the effort.
I bought Jon Yusoff's book 'Elegant Tatting Gems'. It has 18 snowflake designs, with charts and written instructions, which are very easy to follow. This is number 4 and is called Baiduri. I tatted it, using Flora 20 in two colours.
I made a mistake at the start and had to cut a picot and stitch in another one. There is a fluffy stump that I will have to cut away but it might unravel, so this one is for me. It was so nice to tat, though, I will happily tat another.
This Star was designed by Jon Yussoff and I tatted it using Lizbeth no 20 in this pretty blue. Stars sometimes twinkle blue don't they ? I like the little star in the middle with the clean lines as well as the elaborate outside one.
I taught myself to tat from books, as a teenager, but had never met another tatter. Joining on-line groups has given me a new enthusiasm for the art, and enabled me to learn new techniques. I have even tried my hand at designing.
Any diagrams for working these tatted pieces are on my website www.handicrafts.org.uk
My stitching can be seen on Wendystitches.blogspot.com