2. The blogs are ALL checked whenever there is an update using the links list in the sidebar on the right, there is no need to advise me that you have added new content. If your new items haven't shown up, it's because I haven't had time to do an update yet.
3. I 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. I don't read minds, so it's up to each participant to tell me when they have reached their goal of 25.
4. From past experience I know the challenge is addictive. If you finish and plan on doing it again let me know so that I continue to check your blog on a regular basis. Also let me know if once was enough so that I can move your blog to the list of past participants.
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.
6. Tatting 25 motifs in a year typically means tatting 2 motifs per month. Tatters who do not post any tatting content for 5 or 6 months will be removed from the list of participants.
Claire B tatted a snowflake pattern from Maranta, Star # 3 in cotton thread size 40 in "Snowflake", a hand-dyed thread by Marilee Rockley.
got two baubles made this year, one is from Renulek where she used her pattern for the sides and another for the top. The other is a snowflake pattern that fit nicely on top of a smaller ball.
Elsa modified Emily's Ocean of Pearl earrings to make this bracelet using 2 motifs linked lengthwise by a square inlay part arranged in a point. She shares a tutorial on how to make a ring on top of a ring.
Julie made her first Celtic motif designed by Marilee Rockley, using a Celtic shuttle and Deco 8 thread with Miyuki 11/0 beads. As with other Celtic designs the back and front are both different and both interesting.
Sue made this design from Jennifer Williams website for a swap. Then she made this snowflake from Jane Eborall's page adding beads where the picots were to make an earring.
Cigdem created this design she calls Wild Violet in grey and dusty plum purple polyester thread with dusty pink-grey seed beads, faceted grey crystals, natural grey faceted round agate and fresh water pearls. The set with matching earrings can be worn as either necklace or choker.
Grace tatted two beautiful crosses from Elaine P. Gan's book, the one on the left is done in multicolor Range thread from Edda Guastalla. Thread on left is size 40 Celery hand dyed by Marilee Rockley. This little edging is her own creation made continuously with split rings which she is thinking about using on a blouse with a boring neckline. This vintage, out of print edging is super fiddly but very pretty done in Penny thread in Royal, size 30.
Claire shows her step by step progress on Emily's Ocean of Pearls earrings
Diane is delighted to be half way around round 17 if the magnificent, marvellous, masterpiece monster Jan Stawasz doily. Only 4 more repeats and this round will be done.
Lilas made a visual diagram for Emily's Ocean of Pearls earrings.
Margaret tatted the beautiful snowflake called Snowdrop by Joelle, using Lizbeth size 20 but she thinks she might have gauged the picots better.
Marie added tatting to another key that she painted gold and sealed with fingernail polish. This earring was embellished with ruby red thread and attached to a key. The mate to it was made with celtic chains that she had to break out the tatting needles to work. The last pendant for the "Keys to My Heart," collection she did was made with pearl cotton #12 and she's keeping this one. Just in time for Christmas she tatted this pattern from Crysta Burr called "Crystal Angel with Tatted Wings."
Phyllis started the Dianne Doily which is a very easy, relaxing pattern and a great carry on for the plane ride. The next time she will use one colour (either solid or variegated) or use the darker color for rings and the lighter for the chains. The blue and poppy beaded tea candle holder pattern is from paradise treasures intended for coworkers and she inserted LED tea candles which are safer.
HisKid is making the mad dash for the finish line on this doily which is intended as a Christmas gift. She tatted another of Elaine P. Gan's Victory Cross, this one in size 40 Lizbeth Wildflower Garden. Another white round completed on the doily, with a couple of little mistakes to fix.
Wanda has deemed the craft show was a success as she sold her runners and decorations. Her tree display with button snowmen, some with pins for wearing and others with hangers for ornaments, attracted a lot of attention. She's included the pattern for them on her web site.