Here is what I have been up to with my White Willmark cotton. Snowflakes!
I have a great book called 100 snowflakes to crochet by Caitlin Sainio it is split into three sections from beginner to advanced, it has a lot of fabulous picot type designs and also a few that are more snowflakey themed motifs, rather than snowflakes, ( but I guess that is all open to personal opinion and interpretation). I've been playing around with some Picot patterns. For those who don't know what I mean a picot is defined as a loop or series of small loops often used to form a decorative edge in lace, embroidery, knitting and crochet.
One of the things I really like about this book is that it has some great info and methods for blocking and stiffening your completed work which is of value for someone like me who this is new to, it also has tips for creating your own patterns.The biggest crochet snowflake you see here is Polaris from the advanced section. I elected to do these with Willmark cotton due to the structural qualities I mentioned yesterday, though in the many limbed and longer picot styles some additional assistance is needed to maintain the structural shape.
I went a little further in embellishing this one by giving it some dangling beaded tips and added a bit of extra bling by hand stitching a fine gold thread around and through the loops of the outer edge I love the subtle shine and shimmer it displays now. I'm a bit at odds making snowflakes for Christmas ornaments and decorations in the Australian Summer but they are pretty and used at Christmas time even thought it does not hold the same symbolic meaning for us as for those who celebrate Christmas in Winter! I'm thinking of crochet snowflake bunting and a table runner too but I'd like to play around with some different yarns for those ideas - there may be some on the way! Shhh.