In the first movie, Tinker Bell, we learn the story of how the fairy is born and learns about her true talent. I have always loved watching as Tinker Bell is born from a baby's first laugh. She floats through the sky in a flower seed until she reaches Pixie Hollow, gently lands, and is magically transformed into a fairy with the help of a little Pixie Dust. I've tried to find an image online, but the closest I can get is right after she is transformed (from The Disney Wiki). For a feel for the beauty and a look at her seed-turned-dress, check out this video clip from Disney.
The shape of the floating seed has always captivated me. I was tangling in my Tangle-A-Day calendar one night while watching the film with my daughter. I started adding simple curved lines until they made a small, delicate cup. Next I added a swan like stem with a little top to it and added some shading.
I showed my daughter, and she said, "It's Tinker Bell!" Whenever I use this pattern, she squeals with delight that I am drawing little fairies being born.
I present the step outs for my new pattern, Flitter:
Flitter can be used as a border, a fill, or a focal tangle, depending on your piece. I look forward to seeing what you create with my fun little pattern. Let's channel a little fairy magic into our tangling, shall we?