Saturday, January 03, 2009

Giraffe, Heart, Cross, Notes and Celtic

The Guidelines

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

2. There is no need to advise the Challenge Team to let let us know when you've added things to your blog. We check all of the blogs when we do an update.

3. We 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. We don't read minds, so it's up to each participant to tell us when they have reached their goal of 25.

4. We know from past experience that the challenge is addictive. If you finish and plan on doing it again let us know so that we continue to check your blog on a regular basis.

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.
Angie is the latest person to join us and she doesn't have any challenge pieces done yet, but she has been working on some lovely tatting. Her latest endeavor is a baby bootie for an anticipated new arrival.
Steph is another new participant and she's beginning with Jane's giraffe done in Star Tatting Cotton, color 158.
Wanda made it through the holidays and she shares with us the lovely table setting she did with a tatted snowflake at each place setting as a small gift for her guests. What a wonderful idea!
Ellen has been showered with gifts recently including an exquisite mother-of-pearl lacquerware box, an MP3 player and a pair of rings because she couldn't decide which one she wanted. To top it all off she received her secret Santa package which included a lovely tatted ball ornament, thread beads and chocolate.
Arlene tatted Teri Dusenbury's "Sadie's Heart" in Marilee's 'Nectarine' HDT using two tatting guild shuttles from the Shuttle Shoppe. The butterfly shuttles are also from the Shuttle Shoppe.
Bev tatted 25 of these crosses as favors at a LWML Guild meeting brunch that she hosted. The three notes are destined for a denim bag and were done in black thread using motifs from Patti Duff's, Mini Tats. Finally we have a celtic motif experiment done in variegated Perfect quilter thread in blue/green. Carol is keeping up with her resolutions and has already made the Violet Doily by Abby Hegwald.
Diane has been suffering from tatting withdrawal, so she loaded up her new Jan Stawasz shuttles and got to work on a Spinning Wheel glass mat. The Stawasz shuttles are meant for working with size 10 thread.
Gina shows some pieces from the Anna magazine that use tatting an fabric together, something that we in North America don't do very often.
Jon wishes everyone a Happy New Year and shows us Clyde's version of the Quantiesque snowflake.
Laura received a beautiful Hawaiian Christmas card which is very intricately cut in white with brown paper behind it. The card came with Marilee's Tourmaline in size 80, a Celtic snowflake in size 50 Apple Blossom and some little copper darts for marking pages.
Marilee created a lovely doily named "Arches" some time ago and now she is sharing the pattern with us.
Mark received a gift from Erin which included some tatting that Rudolph did!
Marty used Anne's dragon pattern on 2 white satin balls, tatting one dragon in red and the other in green. Three snowflakes from Jon Yusoff's Snowflake Collection fill in the rest of the ball.
Mary has plans to write a book, but things have been put on hold for a while so that they can do some renovating.
Pamela tatted Wally Sosa's Fluffy Snowflake in size 10 Flora in yellow and white with fluffy picots. Then she did it again in size 20 Flora in red and white with short uncut picots.
Sapna is having a sad start to the new year with the death of her uncle.
I've been thinking of some ideas for a new challenge. Does anyone have some thoughts on a new challenge for those of us who have done this one and need a new goal?

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