Friday, September 4, 2009

Test-Tatting For Linda, Part 2

Howdy. I finally got around to posting about the second flower that I test-tatted for Linda Davies. This time, the flower is a freesia. If you're not sure what a freesia is, here is a photo from Wikipedia:

As with the previous post, here are a few photos of the flowers in various stages of construction:

As always, Linda's sense of realism is impressive. She didn't make just one size of flower, but three plus an unopened bud. Many of Linda's patterns contain flowers of different sizes. When put together, the finished flowers look quite realistic. The finished freesia is no exception:

Here is the finished freesia flowers (posing with my young date palm seedlings). The individual flowers are quick to tat, and is simple enough for beginner tatters. While each flower is pretty on it's own, the beauty of the flower comes from the sum of its parts. Once put together, the freesia looks much more beautiful than the individual flowers and it looks far more complicated than it really is. The flowers were made with Flora size 20 thread in colour numbers 204 (yellow) and 221 (red). I am going to call this motif #2 of my Third(!) 25 Motif Challenge. The daffodils were number 1.

I'll leave you now with a pretty plant photo. It is a small variegated vine, and I have no idea what it is. If anyone knows, please let me know in the comments. Thanks. I should be able to post again early next week, since I have a new tatting book in my possession. Till next time.


  1. What a good advertisement you are for Linda! I look forward to adding one or more of her books to my collection. Do you have any recommendations for which book I should buy first?

  2. Hi Vanessa,

    I love Linda's patterns. Was it too obvious? As for which book to buy first, any of Linda's books are great. Her books are generally based on a type of flower; ie: exotic flowers, summer flowers, spring flowers, etc. Whichever book that has the type of flowers you like would make a great first book.

  3. Your vine looks more like a Hoya of some kind than anything else I can think of, but I've never seen a Hoya with that sort of variegation, where the veins remain green while most of the leaf is chartreuse. Still, the overall growth habit looks right, and the long spaces between pairs of leaves (also the fact that there are pairs of leaves), and the reddish color on the new leaves, all suggest Hoya of some species or another. If the leaves are thick and fairly stiff, that's further confirmation of the theory (thin, very flexible leaves would have to be something else entirely).

    If it is in fact a Hoya, there may be weird-looking, five-pointed, highly fragrant flowers in your future. Exact colors and odors vary with the species.

  4. Thanks Mr. S. I thought it might be some sort of Hoya as well. I think that is why I bought it in the first place. The leaves aren't that thick but they are fairly stiff.

    I guess I'll have to wait to see if it will flower. It is happy though (ie: it hasn't died yet, and is taking over the plant shelf.)