Saturday, December 31, 2016

Doilies, Snowflakes, Earrings, Ice Drops, Angels and Pendant

This ends another year in the 25 Motif Challenge, which began in August of 2006, when a bunch of us challenged one another to tat 25 motifs, earrings, edgings, snowflakes, doilies, butterflies or whatever bit of tatting struck our fancy in a one year period. The challenge doesn't run from January to December, it just runs in any 12 month period from when ever you start. Some folks started... and then just kept on tatting more lovely laces, year after year. So this is the end of 2016, after 10 years of amazing tatted motifs, and the beginning of a new year with more wonderful, awesome and gorgeous tatting to come in 2017. If you want to join the fun, send me an email or post a comment with your name and blog address. From your behind the scenes hostess, thanks for sharing your tatting with us and here's praying that God will give you an amazing new year full of His blessings.

Elsa tatted this design, Rozallin, by Mi-Kyong Ha, in special cotton drawstring lace DMC and Lizbeth 80 and combines it with a watercolour picture.

Claire tatted a simple  snowflake by Marilee Rockley in Lizbeth thread size 20,Blue Ice # 163 with 15/0 Toho seed beads to start off her next 25 motifs. She liked this motif, Muskaan's spring snowflake, and did it twice to make a pair of earrings in Lizbeth size 20 Blue Ice.

Diane spent Christmas tatting Ice Drops in colour. This Spinning Wheel glass mat in size 20 Lizbeth #646, Purple Iris Lt. joins her collection. She did some more Ice Drops and has decided the Christmas decorations may stay up a little longer this year. Finding more gems means she tatted more Ice Drops. Before Christmas she was tatting in white, but after Christmas she went for an explosion of colour. She felt like she was falling behind in her Spinning Wheel goal, but look at what she did last month. She was aiming for one a week, but at the end of the year she had tatted a grand total of 66. Yay Diane!

Fox is on the 16th row and the doily is looking marvellous. Last row and it's getting really exciting because you can see how beautiful it's going to be.

Lilas wants to know if you notice the mistake. After tatting this much she wasn't about to quit and so she decided to leave it as is.

Margaret finished off her Pinterest challenge tatting the Dimpled Ring Angel by Lenore English in Lizbeth white size 20 thread, which sadly got a little blue, when a spill made the ink run on her pattern.

Marie took all of the tiny tatted treasures she made and mounted them for display. The finished pieces were assembled on a tree for her mother. A birthday gift for her Mom, some tatting embellishing and old earring revitalizing it into a lovely pendant.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Snowflakes, Pendants, Earrings, Edging, Wreath, Ice Drops, Lucky Penny, Doilies, Star, Ornaments, Angels, Cross, and 3D Christmas Trees

Pop Maria tatted Day 15 of Lenen Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting, followed by Day 16. The folks at Craftree have been regularly tatting the snowflakes in this book so that at the end of the year the whole collection would be done. Here are Days 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

Sarah enjoys the multiple nested shapes, and the clever way Lenore English formed the clover/trefoil at the tips of the inner star one January Reflections snowflake where one ring is made in the round with the star, and the two on either side are made in the following round, and join at the base of the centre ring.

Sue made herself earrings and pendant from Marilee Rockley's latest book and they remind her of summer and watermelons in the sun.

Cindy thought this shade of green would work perfectly with the towel, but now that the tatting is done she's not so sure. This tatted wreath ornament is from when she first learned to tat and she made a lot of them to give away.

Diane is filling up her little tree with Ice Drops so that her guests will have lots to choose from on Christmas Eve. Another day and she added three more Ice Drops to her tree. She finished another Spinning Wheel glass mat from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior; this time it's in size 20 Lizbeth #615, Yellow Light. Tidying and cleaning left little time for tatting, so she only got one more Ice Drop done. She used some festive shuttles to work on her next Spinning Wheel. Three more Ice Drops are helping to fill her little tree back up. The Spinning Wheel glass mat, from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior, in size 20 Lizbeth #689, Mint Light. In spite of warm temperatures, Diane has more Ice Drops. Diane shows how she ties the ribbon on to the Ice Drops and then secures it with a dot of glue. In honour of Rudolph there are lots of Ice Drops in red. Her friend Maria received her Ice Drop and Lucky Penny and immediately put them on her tree.

Fox is still zipping along through this row, thanks in part to Rita's large, smooth and wonderful shuttles that hold a lot of thread. She's now on the penultimate row of Renulek's doily.

Jane is giving Frivole's latest star patterns a whirl. The beads she used on her North star are a better fit than the pearls she used on her first try. The sentiment on this tatting never gets old.

Lilas shows a lovely tatted ornament and a Christmas greeting. This Christmas ball pattern is by Renulek.

Marie shows us her 3rd version of princess earrings. She can't remember where she found this angel pattern. This one is II Chiacchierine by Anteneela De Nittis. This one is from Be-Stitched. This wee angel was found on Pinterest. She doesn't know where this cross came from either. Here are all the treasures from her secret Santa.

Muskaan had to give Ice Drops a try and shows her progress through the pattern. She tatted Grace Tan's 3D Christmas Tree with ornaments which turned out 2 inches high in size 20 thread.