My mission today is to share a "secret" that I have been keeping. *drum.roll*
My first design! It is a thyme leaf, but really you could use it for roses or any other leafy purpose. It looks wonderful tatted in Lizbeth #138 Leafy Greens (above). It also looks great tatted in solid colors.
It can be tatted with or without split rings, in one or two rounds and with or without beads.
For those who prefer not to tat split rings, tat the two inside clover elements separately, joining the second to the first according to the diagram. Then tat the second row separately. (Three sets of ends to hide.)
If hiding all those ends makes you feel a little faint, it can also be tatted all in one pass.
Why the secrecy? Tat Days attendees were given this pattern as a freebie in their welcome packets. It was imperative that they all get one, you see...
"The game is afoot."A tatting game was unleashed upon Tat Days, called Tathogen. It spreads like a virus because it is a virus game. This wicked little microbe eats your precious thread, unless you tat a cure.
The first morning of Tat Days I was overjoyed to find that a few early birds had already tatted their cure and were wearing thyme leaves on their ID badges. As I mingled, I handed out little cards that read "You've just caught necrotizing filitis. Please report to the quarantine area for treatment."
Oh boy! It didn't take long before folks were refusing those cards! They would say, "Oh, I don't want that!"
Nobody wanted to put their thread at risk. (Hee, hee.)
At the end of the conference, one tatter told me that she didn't like my games. They were too risky!
I'm guessing she enjoyed the element of danger. I appreciated her good-natured humor. It is more fun when folks play along!
Careful, it's catching
The pattern may have been a bit ambitious to complete during the hectic two-day schedule. But that's okay. Now you can tat yourself a cure to protect your thread!
Because you never know when the next Tathogen outbreak may strike. ツ