Sunday, July 14, 2013

Oh, Canada...

OK, the title may be a couple weeks late, but it seems appropriate for what I made, finally. I'll made this post short as I really can't wait to share.

As I think I mentioned in my last post, I've been wanting to make this for a while, but I never got around to it. Till now. And here it is:

Yup. It's the Canadian Flag. It measures 3 inches by about 6 1/4 inches. Not quite the proper 2:1 proportions, but close enough. Except for the 6 regular rings, the flag part is made solely using split rings. Lots of split rings. The maple leaf was designed by Frivole. It's in her free pattern section. Though, I found in on intatters. I hope she doesn't mind I used it for my flag. I did make a few small changes. She used Josephine knots on the points of the leaf, and since I'm not particularly fond of JKs, I made small regular rings instead. Thread stats: the white thread is DMC Cordonnet size 20, the leaf was made using DMC Perle cotton size 5 and the red part of the flag is DMC Perle cotton size 8-both colour #321. Despite being the same colour, the leaf is a bit brighter in colour.

In order to get the leaf sizing right, I had to make a few leaves.

The top leaf is the first one I tatted. The small red leaf is the second one I made. I experimented a bit with the points and made small rings with a picot instead of the JKs. The large red leaf is the final version. I might remove the maple leaf from the flag and resew it back on. I'm not entirely happy with how I sewed it on. I had thought of joining the leaf to the flag as I tatted it, and I could make another one and try it. Other than that, I've very happy with my Tatted Canadian Flag.

That's it for now. Well, I did have one idea that I thought would be cool:

Hope you like it! Till next time.


  1. Lester Pearson is grinning in his grave - from ear to ear!

    That is amazing! Nice work, Jeff.
    Fox : )

  2. Fabulous flag!!! :)
    Great leaves!! :)

  3. I really like your tatted flag! And as a Canadian myself, I'm proud that you used my leaf in your design. This leaf is one of the very first patterns I came up with - I was missing the beautiful leaves of our autumns...

  4. The flag is lovely! I am delighted by your "tat"oo! We must have been thinking on the same wavelength

  5. Now that I have a son living in Ottawa, I am attuned to everything Canadian - I'd like to ask you whether you would consider selling the pattern for the flag? I have a knitting pattern for a beaver wearing a lumberjack jacket, and I'd love to put a Canadian flag in his paw!
    I think it's a wonderful piece!

  6. Nice flag Jeff. and a very interesting "Tat"too

  7. Nice flag great idea to layer the tatting. thanks for posting colors and size and all it's helpful.