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.
Pop Maria has started the Craftree challenge tatting the snowflakes from Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting with the first two designs in the book. Since she got a late start and is catching up, here are the next three snowflakes in the book. Day 6 is done, as is day 7 although this was the first time she tatted onion rings and they gave her a little trouble, but now she is caught up.
Eliz did some experimentation with joining to two picots at once for her Dorothy edging. For your tatting enjoyment she has shared her Dorothy Edging. She made some progress on the Norma Benporath Mystery Cake Doyley. Tamara posted information on how to make a temporary shuttle and Eliz used the instructions to make the shuttles and used them to tat little centipedes. She's on to the final round of the Norma Benporath doily.
Nikki made her first shuttle tatted motif using 2 shuttles and 2 colours so that she could put the colour where she wanted it and it worked out well, except for running out of thread right at the end. These Easter Eggs are done in vintage J&P Coats thread in pastel and she did these with a needle. The little butterflies were made for a lady at church and done with a needle. This pattern is from Sheila Edlunds and this too was done with a needle although she doesn't like the colours, so this one's going in the scrap box.
Sarah used needlelace to tie the picots in the centre of Jack Frost Snowflake designed by Darlene Polachic, published in "Big Book of Tatting" by House of White Birches.
Elsa shared a necklace and earring set made by Helen Courville using the "Ivy Leaf" Priscilla (Tatting Book 3) which incorporates roll tatting. Here are samples she did to show an application of roll tatting. The medallion mentioned used by Edwige Renaudin shows an example of rolled tatting. The sample created from the Priscilla book shows how effective it can be as a design element. These samples made Elsa want to create a bracelet, which she did using edging No. 31 by Nellie Ellison from the Corticelli Tatting Lessons in 1916. The original was done in size 20 DMC. She used 4 beads to create a point and suggests you might want to refer to Claire's page for more information of bead placement. For her bracelet she used Lizbeth # 40 with Miyuki seed beads 15/0.
Melanie wanted to tat a pattern using the Celtic Knot technique and chose Celtic Picot Mat by Jennifer Williams.
Sue hasn't been up to working on her doily so she did this instead.
Lelia made ready for international tatting day with her bits of tatting samples and books, all ready to tat in public demonstrating and sharing her love of tatting.
Diane managed a little bit of tatting on her Rectangle doily and her Spinning Wheel Glass Mat. She finished her Glass Mat and she can't decide which she likes best so maybe she'll jus keep them together. Here's her impressive collected tattings for March. Her students spent International Tatting Day, tatting in class and eating Hershey's kisses. This Spinning Wheel is in size 20 hand-dyed thread, Crocus, by Marilee Rockley. Almost done...and finished in all it's splendour. She's working on her Concentric Rectangle doily when she gets home from school. The Spinning Wheel glass mat gets her attention in the early morning and on her lunch break. Organizing craft supplies only left a little bit of time for tatting.
Fox finished her edging that she started with the size 70 HDT, by combining it with size 80 Lizbeth in pink and green. It might not be suitable as a gift, but since it's for her, it's OK. Since her thread has arrived, she's back to working on this doily that she barely remembers. Since she can't face all those hearts yet, she's working on a motif from New Tatting by Tomoko Morimoto. She's working the design in Lea's size 50 HDT and finding it a very balanced piece, satisfying to tat.
Kristen used the base of the pattern from the Japanese book, Tatting Lace Corsage and Accessories. Then she made up most of the flowers.
Lilas did some experimenting with roll tatting trying to create a different effect on the chains but she was hampered by using a different thread size on the chains. The second try was better, but still needed work. The final result is a charming bracelet.
Margaret used Lizbeth thread no 20 in Ice blue and Niagara Falls to tat the 4th Day of December. She sewed the snowflake onto a white gift bag. She made two hearts in Lizbeth Cranberry Bush size 20 from the pattern, Immortal Heart, by Tatmon.
Marie wanted to try another butterfly in size 40 thread but she found rings are harder to close and tend to buckle. She plans to keep this butter fly she used two strands of variegated blue/white, and one strand of variegated green/white, rayon thread to make. She used three strands of metallic sewing thread for this rich looking butterfly. She loves the way the gold and reds/pinks came out on the last butterfly so she had to make a pair of earrings to go with it, and she's sharing the pattern with us. Then of course, an earring pattern leads to a pendant.
Martha was designing on the fly and was sure she'd remember what she did when it came time to write it out, only she didn't and now she's playing around with Photoshop to see if she can count the stitches. I recommend using size 20 thread when designing, because I'm forever having to go back and count :-)
Muskaan is thrilled to finally tat a Mary Konior pattern, the Spinning Wheel Glass Mat, of course. She has added her notes on different types of joins to her blog with pictures, naturally.
HisKid tatted another of her backward swirl motifs, this one in size 40 Lizbeth Niagara Falls, since that's what was on the shuttles. Her granddaughter wanted her to use the Juicy Watermelon heart to make make her a necklace. The older granddaughter, wanted her Boysenberry Dk. StarFlowers. She thinks Ninetta's Edging with Curled Onion Rings tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Coral Splash and Lime Green Med is her favourite edging.
Wanda's aunt chose Rainbow Splash for the edging Wanda made to decorate the shadow box outside her room in the assisted living facility. After all, even a temporary place still needs to feel homey.