Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Lanyard, Doilies, Easter egg, Motifs, Bookmarks, Earrings, Ice Drops, Angel, Snowflakes, Minions, Pendants, Brooch, Garland, Ornaments and Tablecloth

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.

Usha has decided to join our challenge and lately she has been tatting lanyards. This one is in lilac thread with brown bugle beads. Another is in Dark blue and transparent white beads. Then she tatted a combo of pink and shiny white beads on both halves of the split ring and little bigger crystal bead in between the rings.

Vera was reminded of this tablecloth she started when another tatter began the same design. Since she abandoned the project she's not sure of the thread she was using and she's undecided on whether or not to continue it. She spent her international tatting day making a tatted girdle... for an egg!

Marthanne is working on Renulek's 2017 doily, first in size 20. Then in size 40 which feels so dainty and lacey while she is working on it. In size 20 it's 10.5 inches across and in size 40 it's 9 inches across. Motif #9 from A Tatter's Workbook was fun to tat although she made vsp on the rings to join them, climbed out with a split ring and tatted continuously around the motif rather that cutting the thread at the end of each round as indicated in the book. She used Ellen Lai's Lucky Four Leaf Clover with only 3 leaves to make a Shamrock bookmark with a long tail to sit in a book.

Melanie finished another round on the Renulek's Wiosna 2017 and she can't wait to start on the next round.

Claire turned this exercise in overlapping rings into a pair of earrings  adding a 6 mm beads, in Lizbeth size 20, Scottish thistle, #175 working up joins on one of them, whereas down-joins were used on the second one, in order to create a mirrored image of the first.

Diane loves all the different combinations of Ice Drops and she just can't stop tatting them. She's fascinated by the gems that allow the lace to show through the back. Sharing her pattern ideas with others has been so much fun and she really enjoys seeing how others interpret and adapt her designs. A rainy day is usually a reading day, but instead she spent it tatting another Ice Drop using size 20 Flora #216. Then she worked on  round 7 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017, which is now 10 1/4" in diameter. She had more fun with colour using some different coloured beads she found in Hobby Lobby. She used up the last of her bargain beads from Hobby Lobby that remind her of the Dots candy strips we used to eat as kids. She uncovered a little dish of cracked gems that seemed to pair perfectly with them. Then she moved on to a strand of sale beads. She's been sticking to her basic pattern partly because it lets her get more Ice Drops done to send to her friend Jane. Partly she's sticking with the basic pattern because she has it memorized and it lets her mind wander to different colour combinations. Tatting this one has her craving chip and mint ice cream!

Fox began row 8 about 5 times either reading the instructions wrong or not following them, but in spite of the tat, snip, tat cycle, she has it done at eleven inches. Row 9 is intricate and time consuming, so it's going to take a while.

Margaret started her Pinterest challenge with the bookmark above, done in Lizbeth thread Grape Pizzaz size 20. Here's a close up. The angel she tatted in December that was marred by running ink has been rescued and looks good as new. She enjoyed tatting the Onion ring snowflake, by Mrs R.R. Richardson and has been updated by Wally Sosa. She did the first one in white and the second in white and purple thread. Both are in Lizbeth thread size 20. The yellow Ice Drop is Diane's pattern for the Purple Fudge Ice Drop, and she used some vintage yellow coats variegated size 20 thread, with the white and a gold glass gem in the middle. This is Diane's pattern called Root Beer Fudge Ice Drop, for which she used Grape Pizzaz in size 20, the beads are pale pink they only just show up in the picture and the centre is a plain white glass gem.

Marie added a tatted "Stuart" to a denim bag for a friend. She used mint green thread for this design by CM-Handmade. Here is another brooch, from her Stacked Brooch Collection called "Mom's Christmas Brooch, Triangle". Another similar design called "Mom's Christmas Brooch, Diamond".

Muskaan created a pattern called Jasmine Braid/‘Gajra’ reminiscent of the garlands ladies wear in their hair. She has included the detailed instructions for it on her blog.

Nikki finished another row on her doily and the tiny picot between a couple of rings in this row has helped to stabilize the design.

Sue thinks Robin's First Snowfall Snowflake makes an elegant ornament decoration as long as you have the right sized ornament. It's a little loose, but here you can see the whole snowflake on the bottom. She ornament collection is slowly filling in. She has made some progress on her tablecloth and you can see how it looks on the table. She has plans to fill out the lace on either side of the strip and then make it wider to fit the table.

Wanda has encouraged everyone to tat and eat chocolate on International Tatting Day.

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