Thursday, December 27, 2007


Pamela has finished her challenge and tatted a gorgeous camel for a card in beautiful Christmas colours and blocked the saddle so that it bowled and gave a marvelous 3D effect. The design is by Dolly Hollander and tatted in size 10 Flora thread he stands about 11cm tall and 14cm wide. Pamela created a terrific snowflake using a holographic sequin for the centre and adding beads at strategic places. She has included the pattern and the instructions for how to open up the hole in the sequin on her blog. She has also shown us a picture of her tiny tree laden with tatting.

Sylvia tatted the snowflake from Tatting 2000, The Ring of Tatters book using no 20 thread.
Wendy continues with ornaments for her advent calendar. The girls have taken the teddy bears to school where they will be distributed to children Christmas. The studio is busy as the girls get with Mom and create their gifts for each other. There's time for fun in the snow and some pictures Wendy received of Arlington.

Joyce has also finished her challenge with the beaded snowflake pattern from my web site. Ryer's Christmas stocking is done with some cute snowmen and a mini 9 patch quilt is completed. Joyce has tatted a medallion to practice using beads and to create something she could mount a shank button on. Isn't it cute?

Tami had a visit with family in Arizona then came back to Denver weather. The quilt guild had their Christmas party and exchanged quilt blocks and then she had the Christmas brunch at the quilt shop and she tatted a red bell for the gift exchange.
Connie has added a lot of tatting to her blog. This light pink oval motif is done using Anchor pearl cotton size 12 and the pattern is from "Tatting- 60 original Lace Treasures by Christel Weidmann". The multi colour motif is from "The Cherub Doily" made with Superior Threads Perfect Quilter size 100 thread.The next motif in blue n white is just a bit where Connie was emptying a shuttle and the green is a Majestic thread Size 80 where the pattern is one of Wally's Tat-along projects and these aren't finished or blocked yet. The little beaded bit and the pastel variegated thread are also bits done to empty shuttles and the variegated is a King Tut thread. Connie used the tab off a potato sack to tat JoAnn Stearns Dove pattern. She plans to re-do this with beads for earrings. The last is tatted with J.P. Coats Best 6 cord Big Ball in an off-white color size 20 and the pattern is from Wally's Tat Along.

Iris has added the tatted Summer Necklace with the accompanying earrings that were on display at Palmetto. Iris creates such gorgeous jewellery.
Diane returned to school to find that all of the children had made cards for her and they were displayed all around the library. Awesome. Taking stock of what she has done, she discovered that she had 37 completed motives or projects. 25 seems like a lot until you get started and then suddenly, you're done.

Bob started tatting Roger Freedman's Babies Breath, but decided after round 2 to do his own thing. Since it's done in green and not pastel pink maybe a good name for it would be Lily Pond as opposed to Frog's Breath.

Bev has been tidying up her blog and removing the tatted pieces she wasn't happy with but all in all she's pleased with her progress this year as she managed to learn both split rings and SCMRs

Kelly is off to her parents house for Christmas and won't be posting due to lack of internet access.
Kate tatted the “Layered Tatted Snowflake” by Nancy in glace quilting thread that she didn't like and she wants to re-do it in better thread. The edging from the Tatting Pattern Calendar turned into a wreath. The colorful snowflake is made with King Tut quilting thread. This spiral join motif was taught by Nina Libin at Palmetto Tat Days 2006 and Kate has just finished it. Also shown is a card embellished with tatting that Kate sent to a friend.

Mary has posted some pictures of their outside Christmas decorations.

Margaret tatted a cross from Monica Hahn's book Christmas Angels and Other Tatting Patterns for a Christmas gift. The snowman also from Monica's book is another gift.

Carol has more candy tatted for her gingerbread house. She doesn't expect to have it ready for this Christmas, but it will be a wonderful decoration when it's done.
Arlene hasn't been posting, but she has been tatting. Look at these lovely ball ornaments. Her tree is so heavily laden with accumulated treasures that it fell over, but only a few ornaments broke and none of them were really special.
Clyde is working on a new doily in 2 shades of green that calls for 17 rows which will make it quite large. His Christmas tree this year is simple and elegant with lights tatting and candy canes.
Mark can't show any of his tatting yet as they are gifts, so instead he has posted pictures of a cake he did. Mark is such an elf!

Jon doesn't have much to say, just lots of pictures to show. A square doily for an exchange - from A new Approach to Tatting by Yusai Shokoin. Pastel pink Snowflakes from Tatting with Anne Orr, and bright red medallions from the same book, followed by a couple of medallions of her own design. Doesn't Jon have a marvellous flair for designing?

I tatted snowflakes, then I tatted some more snowflakes, about 20 in all. Nothing elaborate, just something I can do a lot of fairly quickly because I never leave myself enough time to do all the Christmas tatting I want to do.
Marilee is working on her holly snowflake, but it still needs a little tweaking. She has also created some frog closures using both a simple design and a more elaborate version.
Laura has combined the variegated Rhubarb Crisp with a red and green Cebelia for a vibrantly colourful snowflake that shows up well on the white tree and goes beautifully with the branches of cranberries around the base of the tree. Doesn't Isaac make a perfect miniature Santa? Laura has fallen in love with hand dyed threads but she has DMC and Flora threads languishing away so she's trying to use them together. The pattern from the Bestitched web site was done in Grapefruit and the other pattern we have seen before, but done here in Flora variegated with DMC chains. All of them are as beautiful as the passion flower.
Charlene has been working on a variety of cross stitch ornaments for an exchange and she has posted a Christmas greeting.

Melissa shows how she embroiders on stretchy fabrics like baby clothes and she has included a picture of one of the cuties wearing his embroidered baby T. She has also created some adorable brooches covered with sweetheart roses for her Etsy shop.

Sherry has some new thread colours, Rainbow Sherbert and Guacamole created. They both look scrumptious. Sherry found some double sided picture frames that she used to display her tatting. These pictures will make lovely gifts.

Kathy tatted a sample of Gutermann silk thread to see how it works up. She took a picture of the motif with a ruler so that we can see how fine the thread is.

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