Thursday, November 27, 2008

Snowflake, Turtle, Doily, Butterfly and Bookmarks

Ancolie is our newest participant and she has just finished her first entry, a lovely doily done in blue and white in size 80 DMC.
Wanda made this doily with size 30 DMC Cebelia in Ecru. Se spent a day making the 7 inside motifs and 3 days and 4 false starts trying to figure out what to do with the outside. Who said designing was easy?
Heather tatted a snowflake by Michael Meloy in HDT made by her kids called Sha-Na.
Aileen bought one of those retractable zippie things and decorated it with purple felt, rose ribbon and her favourite motif from Patti Duff's Mini Tats in size 80 DMC.
Bonnie tatted Kersti's Jessica Bookmark in yellow size 80 DMC thread for the Bookmark Round Robin.
Shay has four more motifs for the challenge. All except Edda's Violette are the same basic 3-3-3-3 rings and 3-3-3 chains. The wreath is a strip of edging joined to make a circle, and the red bookmark is the same edging joined mirror image. Shay has been asked to teach a needle tatting class at a local shop and Edda has given permission to use her pattern.
Mrs John and her sister in laws all have cheap Walmart straw hats that they are embellishing. Her hat will have at least 3 tatting pieces, but here are the first 2. Motif 11 is the needle tatted medallion on the crown made with Manuela size 20 thread and the pattern is Round #5 from the 'Ultimate Book of Tatted Doilies' by Annie's Attic.Mrs John has made it larger by adding a row of ring and chain to the outer edge. The edging on the brim looks like the one she was working on the other day while herding cattle.
Wendy was working on this delicate row of rings when her clover shuttle broke in two, right through the post. Bummer! Look at all the thread wound on it still. Too bad it couldn't wait until the shuttle was almost empty.
Bev has been persevering with split chains. Jon's demos and Jane's pictures have been a valuable source of information. After the discipline of split chains, the freedom of "free tatting" has been fun. These floral sprays are done in size 12 Valdani Perle cotton in fall colours.
Joy has tatted another little ornament. Her daughter thinks she tats too much. Tell her there's no such thing as too much tatting.
Jeff has been fascinated with Teri Dusenbury's turtles so he thought he'd try the pattern for himself. Teri recommends smaller stone disks but Jeff would like to adjust the pattern to make larger pieces. He's hoping to make some more masculine jewellery in tatting. The naked turtle, or the one without the stone in it yet, he did with a thread that's about a size 50. The snowflake is "The Eighteenth Day of Christmas" by Lene Bjørn from her book "24 Snowflakes in Tatting". Jeff used DMC Cordonnet size 50 thread and Guttermann Metallic thread. It makes a pretty snowflake with a bit of sparkle. Finally there is the finished turtle which Jeff used a floss threader rather than a needle to do the beading and it worked pretty well. The results are beautiful and maybe next time he'll do it in HDT.
Martha shows some more of the tatting pieces she has received. The butterfly was given by Sherry Townsend and it's from Tatted Animals by Inga Madsen. The bag was given to the teachers at the Palmetto's gathering and it is adorned with the Regal Heart from Tatting Hearts by Teri Dusenbury.
Carol's "Jingle Santa" is adorable, if you haven't seen it yet, go check it out.
Diane has added "Frosted Flower Snowflake", "Daisy Chain Snowflake" , "Feathered Star Snowflake" from A Veritable Tatted Blizzard by Samantha Melnychuk in an assortment of HDT to her collection.
Gina is tatting gifts for her blog visitors, she's looking for the 150,000th visitor.
Jon has added a tutorial for how to avoid the twisted join.
Laura has tatted Ruth's celtic snowflake in Rhubarb Pie HDT.
Marilee's article has been printed in Belle Armoire. Congratulations!
Pamela shows snowflakes in her Rainbow Bright HDT thread and leprechauns.
Sherry has made tatting kits for her students. She has made a fresh batch of Raspberry Mousse, Peach Pandorea, and Marina which have become permanent colourways but the pottery shuttles she tried to make were a failed experiment.
Snowy put her back out while visiting the UK. When she got home she fell smashing her glasses and injured her wrist and knees. Ouch. No tatting for a while.

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