Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Leaves, Pumpkins, Snowflakes, Doily, Edging, Hummingbird, Christmas trees and Bracelet

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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.
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Stacy has been tatting Marilee Rockley's small maple leaf pattern in all of the fall colors of Lizbeth size 20 so that she can scatter them over her Thanksgiving table.

Michelle tatted some celtic pumpkin earrings. Then she thought she might do a pumpkin bracelet, until she got distracted by Elizabeth Zipay's snowflakes done in Lizbeth size 20. This little cutie was done in some vintage Aunt Rose-E thread, size 80 or 70.

Barbara and her lace group are working on a tatting round robin. She was given a motif and had to add a round she designed and although she was nervous about it it turned out quite nice. The next one of course was larger and she added her row to it. That makes her 25th motif and finished her second round of 25 motifs.

Diane is in the mood for snowflakes so she tatted Adiratna from Jon's Elegant Tatting Gems in size 20 Lizbeth, color #130 which is not a traditional snowflake colour, but it's not boring.

Fox finally decided that she liked the edging she was doing and when the first side was tatted and attached upside down it looked perfect. Now she's suffering second sock syndrome, where the first one is lovely and enchanting and the second one is hours of boring sameness that makes you forget why you loved it in the first place. The problem with Almas has been discovered as a problem at the beginning which is happily correctable now that she knows what to look for.

Gina tatted the first pattern in the recent Tatting Times which is a Christmas Present Bookmark in fall colours its a pretty leaf, but in green with beads, it's easily a Christmas tree. She made some little gift bags out of some holiday fabric and decided to dress a few up with some tatted trim.

Isa finished the hummingbird by Karen Lindsay in silk thread and cotton thread size 20, and white crystal beads with two black beads to the eyes. What a gorgeous little hummer.

Stephanie is working on the pattern called "Rosebud Refreshment Set" from The Tatter's Treasure Chest Edited by Mary Carolyn Waldrep in Caron Simply Soft yarn in Soft Blue and Grey Heather. She has plans to tat 35 9 motif blocks to make a blanket. Three little crosses and one little flower are patterns from Tatting Jewellery by Lyn Morton which are done in LizBeth Size 20 in Ecru, Boysenberry Dark, and Victorian Red adorned with shiny little pearl beads. The flower is also in LizBeth 20, in Dust Rose Lt. She did the ecru cross with a huge picot so that it could be hung as an ornament. Then she tatted the Christmas tree using the pattern she's done before again with a huge picot for hanging. The bracelet is "Design 14" from Tatting by Christel Weidmann in LizBeth, size 20, Boysenberry Dk.

Wanda has been enjoying the colour of the fall leaves and was inspired to tat the Maple Leaf Motif from the February 1975 Workbasket magazine, with changes by Tammy Rodgers. One is made with Lizbeth #169 Autumn Apple Pie and #670 Victorian Red, both in size 40; the other is in Victorian Red only, again size 40.

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