Sunday, March 01, 2015

Doilies, Heart, Motifs, Flower and Lady

The Guidelines
1. Permission to copy. When a participant joins they are authorizing me to copy their pictures to be shown on the challenge blog.
2. The blogs are ALL checked whenever there is an update using the links list in the sidebar on the right, there is no need to advise me that you have added new content. If your new items haven't shown up, it's because I haven't had time to do an update yet.
3. I can't keep track of how many motifs each person does. You may post articles of tatting that you don't plan on including in your 25, or you may post a pair of earrings and count each earring as a separate motif. I don't read minds, so it's up to each participant to tell me when they have reached their goal of 25.
4. From past experience I know the challenge is addictive. If you finish and plan on doing it again let me know so that I continue to check your blog on a regular basis. Also let me know if once was enough so that I can move your blog to the list of past participants.
5. Whenever you get a chance don't just view the pictures here, take the time to click on the links to people's blogs and read all about what they are doing, instead of just getting the snippets of it here. People like it when you take the time to visit their blog and comment on their work. A lot of the fun of the challenge is that we get to know each other and encourage one another to try new things.
6. Tatting 25 motifs in a year typically means tatting 2 motifs per month. Tatters who do not post any tatting content for 5 or 6 months will be removed from the list of participants.
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mb duke is using Omega thread size 50 in a colour called "Natural" which looks like unbleached cotton, white, but not bright white to tat Renulek's Wiosna 2015.

Diane is one third of the way around the Jan Stawasz doily that she is calling Masterpiece, although others have called it Monster. It's a monstrous amount of work, but in the end it's a masterpiece of lace. She finished the last two flowers on Renulek's Spring Doily and is ready for the next round. She had a hard time staying focused, so it was good that she could work on both of her doilies and she's enjoying working Renulek's doily in multiple colours. The Masterpiece doily is almost half way through the round.




Fox managed to mangle one of Karey Solomon's patterns from her First Quarter 2015 subscription. The heart was easy and tiny, but with the larger piece, she had some problems joining to the wrong picot every time, so could not advance to the final few rows. Dyslexia must be a torment. She's hoping to get this week's instalment of Renata's Spring Doily finished.



Margaret tatted this daffodil from the pattern by Jennifer Williams, in Lizbeth thread no 20 Pineapple Parfait.

Muskaan is experimenting with inverted tatting. She started off by playing with Judith Connors’ exquisite 3-D flowers & compositions, but part way through discovered that there were some techniques she needed to acquire first. A year later she revisited it and managed some creditable results.








Phyllis is back working on her Jan Stawasz "Monster" Doily, on row 8, with only 10 more rows to go. She also did a tel awareness ribbon, in colour Jade from Aunt Lydia, size 10. The variegated rose color thread is from Yarnplayer, size 20 called Peaches 'n Onions making the toffee candy pattern from Tat Days 2014.

Sue had to take a friend in for some medical tests that left her doing some tatting and some demonstrating so she has round 10 done on Renulek's 2014 Spring Doily.

Wanda tatted the Colonial Lady applique from Aunt Ellen's Tatting Handbook but it was originally in one of the Workbasket magazines. There are several resources on the internet for finding old patterns like those in the Workbaskets that Wanda has listed.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Earrings, Pendants, Doilies, Doodles, Baby Booties, Hairclips, Ornaments and Snowflakes


Dorota makes lovely tatted earrings and she has decided it was time to join the challenge with this set in blue brown and white inspired by the colours of bright sky, bare trees and fallen snow. How about this Catherine wheel pendant made in variegated thread, surrounded by points of iridescent blue beads?



Chantal started Renulek's tatalong last summer and had many false starts, not really paying attention, making mistakes, changing her mind about colours and ended up restarting 11 times. When she did manage to get the inner section done, she didn't like the grey colour. Watching the colour of the sunsets, she went with a more vibrant palette and added beads, but it didn't seem quite right even though her mother liked it and kept it. She started again, without the beads and liked this combination, but she made some mistakes and put it aside. Starting again with a safe colour combination, she was pleased with the results until she noticed a mistake take required scissors to fix. Then it began to all came together to make a lovely doily, except that she has a feeling that this round is cupping a little.







Sue started in on another pair of earrings, these ones are done in size 11 beads in 4 different colours, and yellow thread, with an accent pale green dagger bead hanging from the bottom. Then another pair in gold using 2 shades of blue, white and yellow seed beads, combined with pink twirlz and med daffodil yellow thread.


mb duke wanted to jump into making Renulek's 2015 Spring Doily, she still hadn't finished the first one and being a disciplined and dedicated tatter, she had to finish last year's doily first and it was well worth the effort. Now for the 2015 doily which she is doing in Omega 50 Natural.


Lelia has made more of these beaded doodles, called Froggers which will used as favors for the IOLI convention.


Nancy has been tatting baby booties, with the first one sporting a row of tiny pearls at the top. The second one has seed beads.


Cindy was pleased with her new shuttles from La Cossette, emblazoned with a picture of her little Taffy, just right for tatting. Wiosna 2015 Doily at round 5 seemed like it should be quicker, but it isn't. All the little flowers are fast, but hiding the ends is not.


Diane finished round 4 of Renulek's Spring Doily. The magnificent, majestic, masterpiece otherwise know as the monster doily has only grown by a couple of repeats. She took Renulek's Spring Doily to school and showed some of the kids how to tat the flowers and join them to the doily. She tatted a few more pattern repeats on Jan Stawasz's Masterpiece doily. At lunch time she managed to tat a few more flowers on Renulek's Spring Doily. One more repeat was done on the masterpiece. Two more repeats on the masterpiece. One more flower on Renulek's Spring Doily.









Fox has the 5th round of Renulek's 2015 doily completed. The Morimoto doily is almost done. Here is it finished, Tomoko Morimoto Design from New Tatting in #40 Lizbeth thread, about 19.5 inches across.



Lilas posts this Ankars inspired Floral comb design and shares the pattern for it.

Margaret has Renulek's Wiosna Mat round four finished in Lizbeth thread, no 20 in Countryside and white.

Marie added pearls to give this ornament flair and texture. The Pearly Rose is another of Lene Bjorn's patterns and one of Marie's favourites. Tatted Rings is one of Jon Yusoff's designs, as is this Flowery design that sports Josephine knots along the perimeter. This last design is another of Jon's patterns.





Martha is on round 4 of Wiosna, Renulek's current doily and in size 80 thread it's 5.5 inches across. Read about the clever way she fixed a horrible mistake.

Muskaan is pleased that she was able to create her first diagram in PDF format for her Neemiss Snowflake, so that she can share the pattern.

Wanda made this doily that had a lot of switching shuttles in ecru and she wondered what it would look like in 2 colours. This one is made with Lizbeth #658 Ocean Turquoise Light and #657 Ocean Turquoise Dark, both in size 20, and it looks gorgeous.