Monday, October 16, 2017

Motifs, Bracelet, Earrings, Bookmarks, Doilies, Ornaments, Ice Drops, Edging, Pendants and Button Motifs

Vera found this pattern on Pinterest and tatted it in size 10 thread as a test piece.

Pop Maria has been tatting and one of her finished projects is Ritorto 16 bracelet with blue beads. In time for autumn she created this lovely pair of earrings.


Melanie tatted this bookmark, Joy, designed by Melanie Cervi, which is all ready to go out. She has round 6 of Wiosna 2017 designed by Renulek finished and she's wondering what colour to do next and whether or not to include beads.


Cindy tatted Renata's ornament cover using the recommended size 20 thread, but the pattern is loose on the ball and the thread laced through the top and bottom ought to zigzag but it just sits there looking limp.


Diane has been cleaning and reorganizing but she did take some tatting breaks and made this Ice Drop in Lizbeth #657, Ocean Turquoise Dk. She has attempted Curds and Whey from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior many times, but this was the first time she has managed to tat more than two pattern motifs. She decided to stick with Ocean Turquoise Dk, but the frosted glass gem is slightly larger than the ones she usually uses, so she increased her stitch count on the top rings to 7-7-7 and also increased the chain count to 9. She didn't work very long on the Curds and Whey piece, but it is getting longer and she's starting to develop a rhythm with the  pattern. One more Ice Drop in size 20 Lizbeth Ocean Turquoise Dk., a colour that she loves. Curds and Whey is growing and she has about 3 more inches to go. Shopping took up a lot of her time, but she did get one more pendant done.








Fox finds this thread looks quite different with other beads, blue thread for the chains instead of green and a blue button. Take a look at the difference.


Marie tatted some more motifs while camping. She finally finished her doily, and just need to block it.


Muskaan tatted these motifs with flower centres for her series a few years ago. She tatted it again for the design class. Notice that there is a central negative space surrounded by rings. She also notices that different colours of thread in the same brand and different brands of thread of the same size, aren't the same size. "Picots",  the topic for "I Love Tatting" series, posted by Renata show that picots do perk up a medallion.



Sue finished # 14 of 24 in her ornament collection, Christmas Bauble with a floral band 2013 by Jennifer Williams tatted on a glass ornament which  is approx. 3 inches across, and it's size 20 Lizbeth Snow White thread. She tatted the centre band as the pattern says, then the top and bottom sections around the band, but it wasn't enough to stay on the ornament itself so she tatted chains to the bottom section of 3-6-3 joining as she went around to draw it in. She pulled a string through the top picots and pulled tightly and tied it off and added a dab of glue, let it dry and cut the tail threads. To meet her personal goal she'd have to tat 10 more by Christmas, although with other things going on that doesn't seem likely, but she has filled in her tree with tatted Ice Drops.




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Doilies, Ice Drops, Pendants, Button Motifs, Edgings, Dangles, and Motifs


Vera is working on Renulek's Spring 2016 doily using size 16 Eldorado thread and she's hoping that it will be finished by the end of the month.

Diane loves the soft colours of this Ice Drop in size 20 Lizbeth Blue Ice, so she just may keep it for herself. She started an Ice Drop using Karey Solomon's gorgeous Distant Mountains HDT and finished it off as a pendant. Then she started her Minty Fudge pattern in the same thread.




Fox finished another button motif gift. After another aborted start on the Maranta doily, she went back to tatting a soothing button motif. She cut off the offending rows of the Maranta Doily as the long chains were, once again, a disaster. The third pair of socks had been completed and awaits delivery to the young mom and her little one. Some of AkenAleaDesign's lovely HDT, #40 Macan in another button motif.





Marie is emptying shuttles tatting angel dangles. This is the last angel before she goes back to her doily. She tatted a few simple motifs to give away while she's travelling.



Wanda wanted an edging for a doily on a butterfly themed project. She started with Mary Konior’s Butterflies from her book “A Pattern Book of Tatting”, although she was working from the picture and not the patterns itself. That didn't give her what she envisioned, so she added another row and attached it to butterfly patterned fabric for a finished doily that's about 9.5 inches across.




Friday, October 06, 2017

Lanyard, Doilies, Ice Drops, Pendants, Dangle, Ornaments, Earrings

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.
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Usha shares her lanyards, particularly good for using with glasses and made in a variety of ways incorporating dot picots

Vera didn't know the name of this pattern, but if you follow Diane's blog you'll recognize it as Mary Konior's Glass Mat, which Vera tatted in size 16 Eldorado thread, resulting in a doily that's 13-14 cm across.

Diane found these beautiful frosted dark blue glass gems on a recent shopping trip, and she loves the way they look with the Arctic Waters thread. She had a very productive day where she managed to tat 3 pendants. Her Mom's favourite colour is red, so she tatted this one in DMC Diamant for her. Subbing only left time for one Ice Drop.




Marie just has one more round to go on her doily. She's having fun making these dangles and she plans to post the pattern soon.


Sue has been busy, but she is working on another ornament. Her granddaughter finally got her "heart of Tafiti" necklace. She also worked on earrings for her granddaughters and the younger chose Sue's size 80 Yarnplayer's Small Maple Leaf earrings.