Batty Tatter has enjoyed making Diane's Ice Drops and she's wondering if she needs to stiffen them or add frosty sparkles to use them for Christmas decorations.
Elsa is enamoured of the centre of Jane McLellan's beautiful doily, "Under the African sky" and used it to make some delightful lilac earrings in Tenax 40 polyester yarn with 15/0 seed beads and a 3mm round center bead, which made the earring 3.5 cm wide and 4 cm high. Her friend wanted the same thing in red and larger, so she used Tenax 30 polyester yarn with 11/0 seed beads and a 4mm round bead, which resulted in earrings 4.5 cm wide and 5 cm high. Here they are pictured together for comparison. See how lovely they look on.
Diane finished tatting her Basic Ice Drop pattern with every colour bead in her little bead box. Turquoise is quickly becoming a favourite shade of blue. She also loves this shade of green. She almost didn't use the black beads, but decided that she might as well since they were in the box. Then she played with her Minty Fudge pattern, choosing a green ribbon to go with the gold beads. The green doesn't seem to go as well with the peacock blue beads. Yellow ribbon matches yellow beads on this one. This one in blue and white is a favourite, at least until the next one is done. A busy day, but still another Ice Drop done.
Eliz has a monster project on the go. Clover edging by Mary Konior from Tatting With Visual Patterns doesn't seem like such a big deal until it's done in size 70 thread (the only thing she has that matches the fabric) and long enough to go around a table runner. It takes 44 inches for a standard 11 inch hanky and this is for a table runner, which definitely qualifies as a monster project.
Fox loves the Babylo thread and the pattern for this motif, but she had to cut a few off before she figured out the correct order and logistics. She used size 40 Lizbeth and Japanese beads for this gift bookmark.
Marie made Rebecca Jones tatty bug. She added beads to Robins, Small Snowflake, pattern. Another snowflake with beads, pattern by Tatting by the Bay.
Muskaan joined the picot challenge and tatted the central motif with a minimum of picots, but added in a double picot in round 1 enhancing the floral effect. Dot picots were used in round 2. On the Onion Ring Magic Square #2 she omitted the outer decorative picots but messed up the joinings which resulted in a slightly wonky negative space. (My local quilting group loves my cast offs for CQ's, even when they're wonky.) On the 3rd round of the doily dot picots just looked tack so she reverted to plain decorative picots.
Sue tatted Karen from the book 20 Twenty to Make Tatted Snowflakes by Jennifer Williams which she did with snowflake sequins and although the design might be simple, all those tiny snowflakes sure would make it a challenge to tat. She also tatted another Birthday Ice Drop which sparkles amazingly in the sun. Then she played a little with a simple sequin motif using up thread. This design by Erika Tashiro is tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Black and Rainbow Splash, but she joined the large rings as well as the small ones and it didn't work out as she thought it would. She was trying to tat a small Ice Drop with the small clear gem, but it kept slipping out of the tatting so she tatted chains with tiny beads around the front to tighten it a bit. she had been planning on using the blue gem with the Peacock Blue pieces but the sizes weren't compatible, so they'll be turned into earrings instead. She's also working on a lanyard for a friend and her planned version wasn't working so she decided to just tat. She used size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Red with gold beads, a frosted gem for the centre and 3 beads on the points of the outer chains, for this Ice Drop and added 1 bead in the centre rings to draw some gold to the centre.