I would like offer my heartfelt thanks my testers who returned some very useful comments
Testers are invaluable and it's amazing what other pairs of eyes can see that you hadn't noticed. I'm always really grateful for people who give their time to test a new design.
I'm having a draw for five copies of the pattern so if you'd like one, please leave a comment. This will be a quick one and I will choose names at random tomorrow although the pattern should be available in my shop from tonight.
UPDATE: I said it would be quick, it's tomorrow already and I've done the draw. There were 26 qualifying entries in the comments, so a good chance of winning!… and the random number generator chose… : Kathy, Sandy, Mandatory, Cindy and Elizabeth - pattern will be on its way to you.
I also want to thank the people who made suggestions about sparkly threads I could use and I think I found what I was looking for. DMC Metallic thread in white (4300) has just the subtle sparkle I was after. It's very fine and you can just add a strand of it to a strand of cotton and it works really well. Sparkle is really hard to photograph but I hope you can see it in these slightly blurry photos - I find keeping the focus "unfocussed" is the only way to see the sparkle in photos.
I'm waiting for a Sulky holo to arrive and I'll report on how that compares to the DMC Metallic. I also have a DMC Diamant thread which is really interesting and an unusual texture… looks a bit like frost! I've not had a chance to tat a whole snowflake with it yet but will show you that too when I make it. That's the reel on its side in the photo below.
This last photo was a bit of fun. I photographed Snowdrop on a darkish background (it was green actually) and then removed the background but left some inside the rings. To my eyes it gives it a look of "Broderie Anglaise" which I think is pretty. It also highlights its snowflake-ness I think! Yes?