Finally, finally, they're all finished. These are the last of Jon Yusoff's Elegant Tatting Gems -- well, the last for me, at least. They are elegant: "Elegance is a synonym for beauty that has come to acquire the additional connotations of unusual effectiveness and simplicity." Exactly so, I couldn't say it better so I borrowed that bit from Wikipedia. All of the patterns in this remarkable book are made with the most basic tatting elements -- the simplicity. But, they are put together is such a way as to create little bits of deceptive complexity. Effective, indeed.
You may note that "Nilam" is all pointed instead of nicely rounded as Jon intended it. The pointy version fits on the ornament easier than a rounded version. I'm using these snowflakes to make ornaments to complete my (two- or is it three-year-old?) 25 Motif Challenge. Some of them are completed, I just need photographs. Others are partially completed, but need some tiny fill-in motifs of some sort. I'm working on that.
Jon's Elegant Tatting Gems and Tatted Snowflake Collection are joining my Iris Niebach pattern books in my "most favored" stack. They're fun to tat but challenging enough to be interesting.