Saturday, October 27, 2012

Heart, Necklace, Motifs, Caterpillar, Edging, Gloves, Purse, Snowflake and Fish

Cheryl has just learned to tat and she has already jumped on the challenge band wagon, but because I've been busy with other things, I haven't done an update in a few days and Cheryl has been very prolific for a beginner and she's already up to her 14th motif. You may remember that Sue showed us her first ring and chain that she turned into a heart and used on a card for her husband. After that she tatted chains around this angel finding using Marilee Rockley's HDT thread size 20 for her first motif. That was followed by the suncatcher that her grandson calls a snowflake, which is done in layers to make in 3D. Another suncatcher done in size 10 thread, notice that Cheryl is skipping over the reading a pattern stage and going straight to designing. This is her LasVegas showroom girl, again using Marilee Rockley's size 20 HDT. Lizbeth Green Christmas Mix size 20 was used for another suncatcher. She needed a chain for her Dacolores Cross, so she bought 2 pearl necklaces and tatted around them. Don't you love the imaginative way she is incorporating tatting? Finally, here is the Amusement Doily using a real pattern. She started with Lizbeth size 10, Ocean Sunset and didn't realize that on the 4th row she accidentally picked up size 20 of Lizbeth Spring Flower, so it's smaller that it should be, so she'll have to fix that. She was playing around with a long chain and added her first motif to it as a pendant. She made some mistakes on some early pieces and she's decided that she's just going to make them into pendants. Then she went back to more free form tatting for motifs 13 and 14.

Jane tried out several caterpillars Charlene Chongololo was too big, the fancy caterpillar was too heavy, but Jane Eborall's plain caterpillar is perfect to be glued to the top of a bookmark. This edging pattern from Semco Instruction Book No. 16 is a pretty pattern with a nice scallop effect, made here in size 20 thread.
Lyn tatted the Flower Bookmark by Rachael Mohler which brings her to 25 motifs. Like a lot of other participants, this might not really be her last one, we'll have to wait and see.
Jessica had the pattern for these scalloped gloves done and finally got them listed. She has plans to get the pattern for the coin purse listed as well. She also posted the instructions for different non-double-stitch chains.
Nancy tatted Jon Yusoff's Rose Window design in Lizbeth size 20 colours Scottish Thistle and Green Coral Sea.
SunshineCraft finished the Nora Benporath doily in the delicate size 40 thread, but after several attempts at various blocking methods she finally resorted to actually pinning it out and the little one promptly crumpled it into a little fist to carry it around. Kids, ya gotta love them or you'd kill 'em! Gorgeous doily though, even if it is a bit smooshed.
Cindy just has the trefoils left to finish her Lace Mat. She did each row separately because she almost has to when working in two different colours.
Jess created the colourway which Fox named Madder Tatter and Umintsuru used it to tat Nami's Goldfish design in HDT size 40 to show what it looks like. Looks to me like it's a winner. Frivole suggested that she "mess up" her Chilled colourway to make Chilled Mess HDT which she used here with size 40 Lizbeth's new solid Periwinkle to tat Birgit Phelp's SweetHeart.
Sue took a break from tatting snowflakes to tat around a finding and she's not sure whether the results should be called a snowflake flower or a Christmas flower.

1 comment:

Fox said...

Hi, Sharon,
I believe those red earrings bring me up to 100 Motifs! Goodness, I have covered a lot of ground with thread and HDT!

I would like to do another 100 motif Challenge if that is okay with you - even though I count a few items that eventually go into the Etsy shop.

This challenge site is very important to me - I pour over each and every participant's entry and am constantly impressed and inspired.

You provide a marvellous venue here for tatters to see their work displayed and to follow the work of others. There is nothing like this 25-Motif Challenge showcase anywhere else in all of Tat-land.
Brava, Sharon!
Fox : )