These two snowflakes are from the book Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman, the patterns are easy to follow, unusual and fun to make, if you don't mind tying in ends! This book together with Tatting by Rhoda L. Auld I managed to win on e.bay, at different times and strangely enough was the only person to bid on them. Rhoda's book is full of tatting techniques and is very interesting with some great designs and pictures, it is worth looking out for.
The top snowflake is called Minaret. The bottom one Ruffle-edged Snowflake, but unfortunately it did not lie very well even when pressed.
The question that I have been meaning to ask for months now is this. I have some white Coats thread that has gone yellow, obviously with age and it was probably not stored that well. I have tried, after making something with it, washing the article but cannot get it white, any suggestions? Really need to wash the balls by winding the cotton off them, but how do I do that and is it possible to restore them to pristine white?