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 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