Monday, February 01, 2010

Necklaces Earrings, Motifs and Treble Clef

The Guidelines
1. Permission to copy. When a participant joins they are authorizing us to copy their pictures to be shown on the challenge blog.
2. There is no need to advise the Challenge Team to let let us know when you've added things to your blog. We check all of the blogs when we do an update.
3. We 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. We don't read minds, so it's up to each participant to tell us when they have reached their goal of 25.
4. We know from past experience that the challenge is addictive. If you finish and plan on doing it again let us know so that we continue to check your blog on a regular basis.
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.


Tatteristic has tatted Mary Konior's Glass Mat In Lizbeth size 20 and would appreciate any tips you might have on joining the first and last sides together.

Cindy used a motif by Iris Niebach to practice some tatting techniques. She's wondering why everyone tats motifs and what they do with them. If they have 6 points I call them snowflakes and hang them in a tree. If they are square I do a bunch and join them together to make bigger things. If they're odd shapes like hearts or butterflies I applique them onto guest towels, clothing etc. Are there other suggestions as to what to use them for?
Ann has plans to combine tatting with embroidery and she is using a copy of a tatted edging and the fabric she wants to use, that she has sketched some possible variations on. Photo shopping images is also a great way to see what works and what doesn't before you invest the time in it.

Martha has been obsessed with buttons and stone chips and nuggets recently and she has turned them into the most fascinating jewelry. She's wondering is these would sell well on Etsy or if she'd just be wasting time better spent on other things. All of her pieces are unique, but is there a market? What do you think? I can see belly dancers using these as anklets and bracelets.

Sherry has a lovely surprise for everyone in her Mondo Monday Giveaway. Check out her blog to pick up your prize. These totally enchanting treble clefs use a folded ring to make the shape. This large model was tatted in Krystle's "Windbreaker" HDT. Sherry has also been challenging herself to tat with precious metals. It's difficult to work with, but it adds a new dimension to the lace.

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