The first motif of the year is taken from page 11 of Anna Valeire’s My Book No. 3 Tatting Craft: A Real Sampler, over 100 Designs [pdf]. Here’s the original:
You’ll notice that the picots on the center rings are longer than that of the original. I’m no fan of using picot gauges, but I like the results. So I used the barrel of a ballpoint pen. The longer picots seem to have led to no open space in the center and an outside border that might could use a few more double stitches.
I’m going to tat up another one using the same size picots but with adjustments and see how it turns out. Pictures to come.