Friday, December 08, 2017

Ice Drops, Motifs, Doilies and Snowflakes

Batty Tatter managed to have all but one of these finished before her retina surgery and was able to finish the last purple one after the operation.

Diane pulled out all of the Ice Drops she couldn't bear to part with and set the others aside for Christmas in the Village and then she tatted a couple more. Another Minty Fudge Ice Drop done.

Fox has 2 more motifs done for the centre and she's still enjoying it. The centre's finished and thanks to Frivole, she has an inset showing how the completed piece will look.

Marie tatted Robin's Small Crystal Snowflake. Then there's Rose Snowflake. The last of Robin's snowflake patterns she tatted is, "Layered Rings Snowflake."

Muskaan decided on a vibrant green colour for the next round of her doily but she just couldn't get enthusiastic about it. After a couple of points she tried with a pastel blue of equal colour intensity and the central section and now the love is back.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Ornaments, Bookmarks, Pendants, Star, Heart and Earrings

Vera has been tatting ornaments working on Renulek's bell pattern which she likes. She did another based on Robin Perfetti's pattern. In all she did 4 ornaments.

Cindy did some ornament testing and tatted the one on the left in size 20 thread, but she didn't like how it fit on the 80 mm ball which is just a bit larger than 3 inches. She tatted it again in size 30 thread but decided she liked the first one better anyway. Now that that's settled she's off to tat more ornaments, maybe the same thing in size 30 on a 70 mm ball.

Fox has taken a break from interminable motifs to tat a button bookmark.

Marie participated in the Bonner's Ferry Fair Grounds craft show and had some lovely beaded tatting on these ornaments. Tatting around a crystal bead made this gorgeous pendant, one of the items she displayed at the Naples Holiday Festival Craft Show. This is Robins, "Large Beady Snowflake" which turned into a star when she ran out of thread.

Martha tatted Jane Eborall's heart pattern, entitled "My Heart is in Canada" which was taught at Fringe Element's conference in September.

Sue tatted these earrings in size 40 Lizbeth Blue Ice with size 2 iridescent bugle beads, tiny blue beads, and a clear small Ice Drop gem for a friend who fell in love with the Ice Drop done in a larger size. Here you can see them next to the larger Ice Drop ornament both done in the Birthday Ice Drop pattern.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Necklace, Ice Drops, Crown, Doily, Leaves and Snowflake

The Guidelines
1. Permission to copy. When a participant joins they are authorizing me to copy their pictures to be shown on the challenge blog.
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.

Elsa attended a flea market in the spring and used a quickly devised cardboard shuttle to demonstrate how to tat to one of the ladies present. When she went back again in the fall this lady showed her a design in a vintage publication which Elsa envisioned as a necklace, and what a very pretty necklace it made.

Diane decided to replace her old tree skirt with a new one so she hasn't had a lot of tatting time but she did get one Ice Drop done in her basic pattern since she can finish them much more quickly. She rewrote her Ice Drop Tutorial with more information and better pictures using the Ice Drop pictured here.

Eliz used 5 strands of Coats & Clark All Purpose Thread, article 210 colour 83B to tat a modified version of "Pinnacles" Crown. She prefers the look of it before the last round is added, but opted to tat just one repeat. It's currently being blocked stretched over a peanut butter jar.

Fox is making steady progress on her centre which may be boring repeats of the same motif, but the finished whole will be worth it.

Martha has added tatted leaves and flowers to a quilt block for the Palmetto's project quilt.

Muskaan tatted an adaptation of Patty Dowden’s Mardi Gras Snowflake for "I Love Tatting" in Mardi Gras colours using 3 strands of Anchor embroidery threads.

Sue wanted to tat these Ice Drops with silver bugle beads, but she discovered that even though they're marked the same size, there were differences in length. This one is in Christmas green. This next one is tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Snow White with long silver bugle beads and tiny read beads. The white and red Birthday Ice Drop is tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Snow White with red twisted bugle beads and tiny red beads and while it looks pretty just sitting there, it really glows with the light behind it. Another one tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Green with red bugle beads and white beads.

Wanda is planning on tatting Ice Drops for Christmas and she started with Cosmic Ice Drop, pattern by Nicola Bowersox although it was kind of boring without the beads the pattern calls for. She doesn't have the time to fuss with beads so she modified the outside and had to make adjustments to the back for the bevel on the gem.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ornaments, Heart, Ice Drops, Bag, Motifs, Doilies, Collar, Snowflakes and Tablecloth

Vera tatted Mary Konior's Queen of Hearts to add to this ornament to commemorate her 42nd anniversary.

Batty Tatter has 12 Ice Drops ready for her Christmas market and one of these is already spoken for.

Elsa has posted a tutorial on doing a lark's head join. Her bag is progressing slowly and has been facilitated by utilizing the lark's head join

Melanie tried out Matilda, a pattern by Lee Hye-oon.

Sue has taken a page from Jane Eborall's book and tatted a Rachel doily.

Claire spotted a tatted collar used twice on the costumes in the series Downton Abbey.

Diane has been busy cleaning up clutter and reorganizing in preparation for all of the Christmas activities so she only managed one Ice Drop. After decorating for Christmas she was able to tat 2 more Ice Drops.

Margaret tatted Barbara Murdock's Snowflake Ice Drop using bungle beads instead of a round bead. She tatted the Cosmic Ice drop by Nicola Bowersox and not having the right colour of gem she used purple nail polish to cover the back of a clear gem.

Marie's marvellous rendition of Robin's, Reflection Snowflake  demanded attention to tat. Her Christmas tree is decorated with quilling, tatting, and homemade ornaments. While her little tree is decked out with baubles from her two books Tattasaurusing, Baubles and Motifs.
Muskaan tatted squares in pink. An elongated ring resulted in a diamond. Left over thread made a button motif. Playing around with squares can lead to lots of interesting variations. She test tatted Guoda’s lovely first snowflake pattern but had to change to notation to something she was more familiar with. For the outer motifs on her doily she used a repeat of the very 1st round where she used double picots.

HisKid tatted Mary snowflake from 20 Twenty to Make Tatted Snowflakes by Jennifer Williams, worked in size 20 Lizbeth Blue Ice with tiny blue beads.
This next snowflake is named Auriel and it was the placement of beads that made this one hard. She tatted another Birthday Ice Drop in Lizbeth size 20 Snow White with gold beads and a frosted gem. Here's all of her recent projects. The tablecloth is growing. It's slow growth, but it's still growth.