A challenge like this is somewhat interesting to the participants, but more fun if each person has a little show and tell of what the are working on. In fact with some interesting eye candy, it becomes fun even for those who are not participants. When you collect all the eye candy together in one place then it becomes an amazing display of the tatted laces of a whole lot of talented people.
This is Ancolie's 3rd entry, a red snowflake done in DMC 80, pretty and delicate. Wanda tatted Bob's "Coily" in size 30 pink DMC Cebelia. Ais made a yellow bookmark for her brother with embroidery floss. It's the first time she has worked with embroidery floss and it took 2 hours to make it. Then she made a pink one for herself. Aren't they adorable? Carol's William, that she received last year, is going on a road trip to visit with the other leprechauns coming over from Ireland and he's packed up lots of HDT to take with him. Bonnie has tatted Tabatha by Kersti Anear in DMC size 80 red thread for the round robin. She took a break from working with the finer thread to make Mike's snowflake. The words "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" in a song prompted this fabric Christmas card tatted in Sherry's size 20 Coffee and Cream. Iris saw this beautiful motif on the internet and to her delight it was in the wonderful Japanese book from Teiko Fujito that she bought. She has tried working it in wool and needs to make a few adjustments to allow for the change of medium. Bhavani tatted this motif from the book "Forty Original Designs in Tatting By Nelli Hall Youngbery" that she downloaded from the Antique pattern library. Now that she is familiar with the pattern she'll try it again in one colour. Eva's double bobbin shuttles are in hiding so she worked this bookmark using 2 shuttles held together with a rubber band. With or without the right shuttle the bookmark is pretty.
Clyde is busy tatting, but away from home nursing his partner's father as he recuperates from knee surgery.
Diane just HAD to use the Country Christmas HDT Sherry sent her to tat 2 sweet Mini Tats.
Cormac arrived at Gina's place from Pamela in Ireland along with a rainbow bright snowflake.
Joyce has been doing lots of beaded snowflakes. I told you tha pattern was addictive.
Laura has all of her colourful snowflakes laid out for stiffening they looks simply scrumptious. Go look! It's worth it just for the visual feast of colour. Oisin has arrived from Ireland and he's quite at home among all of these pretties. He came with a beautiful handmade card and one of Pamela's Rainbow Bright tumbling snowflakes on the front and a skein of Coral Reef hand dyed thread.
Marilee looks like she's having a great time at Discovery World 2008, where her booth sports lots of HDT and her gorgeous jewellery. She sold an assortment of things and had a couple of people sign up for tatting classes.
Mark shares a couple of half ring braid patterns, (one is a candy cane) and his newest treasure - a spinning wheel.
Marty has added tatting to some satin covered Christmas balls and turned ordinary into spectacular. She used gold pins pushed through red beads to hold the tatting in place. What a clever idea!
Pamela shows us how she stiffens her snowflakes, complete with product pictures.
Sherry has tatted a Peach tree with size 20 silk HDT "Harvest Moon" and "Rainforest" and cotton HDT "Dark Chocolate". She used the "dimpled yorkie" technique for the leaves and split encapsulation; a technique that she will be teaching at Shuttlebirds in April of 2009.