This is a beautiful doily that was given to me after Grandma Stella passed away...
This doily measures 15 1/2 inches from tip to tip, so it is fairly substantial. I love that it is made up of individual motifs that replicate the overall shape of the doily. I suppose it is more of a snowflake, since it has 6 points...but I have always thought of it as Grandma's Star doily. I do not know the source of the pattern, but it is lovely. If anyone does recognize it, it would be fun to know.
I don't imagine that this doily would be a popular tat anymore, with our penchant for hiding ends...there were many of them in this doily It was perfectly acceptable to just tie and trim the ends when Grandma made these beautiful things. Sometimes I think that this devotion to hiding ends for appearances sake is overrated when it makes tatting an item this lovely too frustrating to contemplate!
At any rate, hope you have enjoyed my sharing this beautiful doily!