Recently, there have been discussions in the Facebook Tatting Group asking how to join long picots to each other . I remembered I had done this years ago with the bookmark pictured above.
I used Ball Thread Joins to attach to picots tip to tip so they wouldn't overlap. Pretty cool, huh? In fact, I did this so long ago, that I thought I had invented the ball thread join, silly me.
I thought I had given this pattern to Georgia for the Online Class at the time, but maybe I never got around to it since I can't find it in the old lesson index.
I've added the pattern to the Free Pattern Page of this blog, see the link at the top of the page. (Note to self, the new website is way behind schedule, get back to work.)
The butterflies are based on a pattern from Butterick's Tatting and Netting from 1896. Free downloads are available from Georgia's Archive of Tatting Books in the Public Domain (scroll down about halfway), and from the Antique Pattern Library's Tatting list (scroll almost to the bottom of the page). I think it was also reprinted by Lacis under a different title, but I can't verify that right now.
Update: I originally did not have the pattern file properly set to share publicly, sorry. It should work now.