I am editing this to add a link to the stitch count overlay and instructions I wrote out for this HERE
I like the effect that the simple increasing and subsequent decreasing of each ring and chain has. It's fun to tat and relatively quick if I remember where I am at and don't have to stop and count again!
This was my first attempt at this bookmark, done a few weeks ago...in size 10 Royal "Ocean":
My second bookmark in this pattern I completed yesterday, in a size 30. I've been a little intimidated by the smaller threads. This is my first time tatting with a smaller size thread...and it wasn't so bad. I'm not sure what I was so nervous about there now that I have done it. I love how much more delicate this is...and if I'm ever to do crosses like Grandma's, they HAVE to be in this smaller thread or they just wouldn't be right! Here are the two bookmark's together so you can see the difference...
At any rate, I am pleased with how this bookmark turned out:
I also tried a new technique, for me, in the tail...a lock stitch chain. I like the effect of that as well...very pretty. I like how it shows off the 2 tones in the variagated thread. A little tricky to NOT flip after having learned so well TO flip those knots...but well worth it! I'll count this bookmark as #3 in the 25 motif challenge.
This variagated blue is from my "vintage" stash...a Clark's 3 cord mercerized crochet thread in size 30. I think the labels on these are interesting, note the price of $0.45...I have a couple that must be even a bit older than that as the price says $0.35 on those! I have to admit, I do kind of like my "vintage" thread...I like to think that my Grandma might have tatted with the same threads at some point...