Monday, December 29, 2008

Snowflakes, Round Two

The members of the Snowflake Round Robin have been busy tatting over the last month. All snowflakes have been received by their recipients and I am pleased to show them off to all of you

The first snowflake in the second round is one tatted by Joy, for Lorena. The snowflake is called "Star with Six Points" and is from a book called Christmas Tatting. Joy used Hakelgarn thread in size 20 to make this lovely snowflake.

The next snowflake is one sent to Jeff that was made by Lorena. The pattern for the snowflake is from the Ring of Tatters newsletter issue #57 Autumn '08. Lorena used Cebelia white and #762 thread in size 20. Lorena doesn't usually stiffen her snowflakes but she found that she had to with this snowflake. It wouldn't stay flat for her. The scan of the snowflake doesn't do it justice. It is hard to see from the scan that the snowflake has a different colour in the centre.

The third snowflake this evening is one that Maria made for Shawna. This beautiful snowflake is from Burda Magazine and was made with Cebelia size 20. Maria has been coming up with some really cool ways of presenting her snowflakes. This snowflake was attached to a backing and made into a pin for Shawna. Maria mentioned that the snowflake is removable if Shawna prefers.

The snowflake that Jeff made Joy is next. The snowflake is called "The Eighteenth Day of Christmas" by Lene Bjorn from her book 24 Snowflakes in Tatting. Jeff used the same thread combination as the first snowflake: Size 50 DMC Cordonnet thread combined with Guttermann metallic thread.

Sandra's snowflake is next. Sandra's snowflake was sent to Maria. The snowflake, entitled "Snowflake" is a Jane Eborall design, pattern here. For this snowflake, Sandra used some variegated blue thread in size 80 and some white size 30 thread. Another awesome snowflake.

The final snowflake this evening was made by Shawna and was sent to Sandra. This snowflake is the same as the one she made for the first round. The pattern is the centre of a doily pattern that is from a round robin she was in previously. I believe she used size 8 pearl cotton for this snowflake as well. Simply gorgeous.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for the third round of snowflakes to be posted in a few days.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Second Round of Bookmarks

Connie started a bookmark in some vintage size 80 missing it's label received from a wonderful fellow tatter (Karen), but her yellow kept breaking. The pattern is Beginner's Choice from Tatted Bookmarks edited by Barbara Foster.

Bonnie tatted Kersti's "Tabatha" bookmark in DMC size 80 red thread. The pattern seems to be missing from the web site now, but another tatter was able to send Bonnie the pattern. She did fine on the first half but part way through the second half she had been making mistakes since she started that second side. She had to cut it off and start all over again without any disasters.

Lynn tatted a little kitty that she learned on Georgia Seitz' site last year. It has little green beads for the eyes and she added a long chain and what she calls a toy mouse for the kitty to play with.

Cathy used size 30 as that was the only dark green she had on hand. It is JaneEborall's pattern from her Christmas tree 3-D earrings. It tatted up too small for the bookmark, so she double the count on all the ds. The thread isDMC Cebelia and it doesn't break on her. Non breaking thread is always a plus!
(Correction- Cathy's bookmark is actually one of Linda Davis' patterns.)

Abby used DMC Cordonnet, size 40. The center snowflake is by Betsy Evens. The other motifs are centers that she pulled from several different books - mostly the how to tat variety, and she also repeated the center of Betsy's flake. There are crystals and silk ribbon making a kind of "tassel" hanging off the top. What a beautifully imaginative bookmark.

Friday, December 12, 2008

2nd round of Butterflies in Flight!

More butterflies have been sighted! Pay close attention!

Having received a double whammy the last round, Sharol paid it forward by sending her blessings to Melissa in Oregan in a butterfly from The Big Book of Tatting done up in Altin Basik size 40.

Memés right on track now with 2 butterflies leaving Chile. Though she's not entirely sure whether Mel or Dyan got this one of the other, they're both equally as lovely. Both patterns can be found in Tatted Butterflies by Adelheid Dangela.

Melissa sent me a lovely Celtic Butterfly by Ruth Perry done in size 50 thread. It's an awesome colour of thread. Not to mention I have no clue how to do celtic tatting!

Another awesome ORIGINAL from our own Becky... this time just for Memé! Tatted up in Altin Basak 50 #3006.

I tatted up Marlene Lewis' Donna Butterfly in 20 Omega and off it went to Sharol!

Last but not least! Dyan's lovely butterfly to Becky!

Round 2's sucessfully completed!

Monday, December 8, 2008

First round of bookmarks

The first set of bookmarks have all been sent out and I believe they have all been received. Here are all the beauties. Fantastic job ladies!

Connie for Bonnie:
This bookmark was made using DMC size 80 in variegated pinks. The pattern is by Ellen Lai aka Singtatter the name of the bookmark is Dancing Kristine.
Bonnie for Lynn:
She made Kersti's Jessica Bookmark in yellow, which was the requested color, size 80 DMC thread. She included one of the flower paperclips that she likes so much and the printed patterns for both. Bonnie wasn't sure about working with size 80, but now that she has this one completed she's wondering if she might get addicted to it. Since most of her HDT is in 20 and 30, that could be a serious problem.
Lynn for Cathy:
She had difficulty with getting her bookmark to turn out the way she wanted it to, so she re-did it, then when the pictures were sent they wouldn't open, so we had to wait for the pictures from Cathy.
Cathy for Abby:
She borrowed from Ruth's Celtic snowflake 2008 design. Since the next two designs she tried to make didn't work out, she thinks she might just have to repeat this one for the rest of the round robin.

Abby for Connie:
The pattern is by Debbie Arnold and she used Opera size 20 -which seems finer than other size 20's. She tried it out in one of her old,old, old books and it was just fine for delicacy."

(Just for reference, Opera is a soft 3 cord thread and the size 20 is more like a traditional 30 in 6 cord thread, sort of like 25 if there was such a thing.)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snowflake Round Robin - The First Snowflakes Have Arrived

Members of the Snowflake Round Robin have been busy tatting snowflakes, and the fruits of our labour have started to arrive. Fortunately for us, there have not been any major problems (so far). Out of the six members in the RR, five have received their first snowflake, and one should have received it by now (haven't heard back from her yet). All six snowflakes that have/should have arrived at their new homes will be posted.

The first snowflake is The Deshka Dancer Snowflake from Georgia Seitz's book "Tatting Alaskan Style". This lovely snowflake was tatted by Joy and was sent to Shawna. Joy tatted the snowflake using size 20 Hakelgarn thread.

The next snowflake is from Lorena to Sandra. The snowflake is a Jan Stawasz pattern from his book "Tatting Theory and Patterns", and is on page 74. Sandra tatted the snowflake using Cebelia white and ecru size 20 thread. Sandra mentioned that her scanner gave the ecru a pinkish hue. The snowflake still looks very pretty.

The next snowflake is from Sandra to Jeff. Sandra chose a pattern called "Elaine's Snowflake" which was designed by Lily Morales. Sandra used Cebelia size 30 thread and size 80 seed beads. Another beautiful snowflake.

Next up, is a yet another gorgeous snowflake, this time done by Shawna for Lorena. Shawna used the centre of a doily from the doily Round Robin that she had participated in earlier. She credits Josie for coming up with the centre. Shawna used size 8 pearl cotton for the snowflake.

Here is the snowflake
Jeff made for Maria. Maria has been having computer problems, so I am not 100 percent sure she has received it yet. Jeff used Ruth Perry's "Celtic Snowflake 2008" pattern and used DMC Cordonnet size 50 thread along with Guttermann Metallic thread for a combined thread size of about 30. Here is the snowflake with it's sparkly Celtic goodness:

Finally, here is the snowflake that Maria sent to Joy. The snowflake came from an issue of Burda Magazine and was tatted in DMC Cebelia size 20 thread. Yet another beautiful snowflake.

That's all for now. The second snowflakes should have been mailed today, so we should be seeing more snowflakes in our mailboxes real soon. Until next time.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

And we're off! - Round 1 of the Butterfly Round Robin

With a minor glitch, we're good to go! The butterflies are off for their multi-stop migration. They seem to be all conincidentally converging right at this site from all across the globe and have gathered mysteriously on this very spot. Let's creep up steathily and take a close look at the magnificant beauties.

Look at this lovely specimen that's flown in from Becky in Michigan that seems to be on it's way to Sharol in NV. I've never seen one like this before - I think it's a new discovery! An ORIGINAL pattern! Tatted up on DMC Cébélia No 20, in Pink (3688) and Yellow (745)

Here comes another flitting by from the direction of Sharol in NV. Looks set to fly the long route to Chile! Our experts have identitied it as the same butterfly captured by the Aug 1990 issue of Workbasket. Done in Altin Basak size 40 thread, with a cloisonne bead, it's a magnificant specimen. Not only that, it seems to have come with a friend! A second larger butterfly done in DMC Cebelia size 20 pink, again with a cloisonne bead.

Over there! Before you miss it as it floats off to Sharol in NV! The rare OH tatted Dyan butterfly from Rosemarie Peel's book Tatting for Pleasure.

Look! Melissa's "Iris" from Adeleid Dangela's book Tatted Butterflies in size 35 Valdani thread "Midnight Roses" is floating by! It's headed straight in the direction of OH. Maybe it'll stop by Dyan's for a spell!

And trailing behind, Ms Jane Eborall's 2005 butterfly with overlapping wings by Aileen flitters by, heading off to Becky, leaving a trail of 11/0 beads and Omega thread.

Slight revision

Here is a chart of who should be sending to whom and on which dates. Meme didn't get her partner list until a couple of days ago so Melissa's butterfly will arrive a little late. Dyan on the other hand was sent a completely wrong list which is totally my fault. This resulted in Sharol being sent 2 butterflies this time, while Aileen got none. She has the corrected list now. Dyan will send her butterfly for Dec 15th to Aileen which will mean Sharol gets none for that mailing, but it will put things back on track. -Sharon

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Butterfly Robin

One of our participants didn't get the email with all of the partner mailing information so there will be a delay as she tats up her first butterfly. We are still waiting to hear back from some of the other participants to make sure everyone else did get their information. The first butterfly was to be mailed out November 17, 2008. If your group co-ordinator or I emails you, it is very helpful if you respond promptly. That enables us to resolve little glitches like this more effectively.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bookmark Round Robin has started.

The bookmark round robin has started. This is a 5 person round robin being led by Connie and the participants are, Bonnie, Lynn, Cathy and Abby. If you didn't get your partner information email me at sharon at and if you have a blog or web site that I don't know about, let me know so that I can add your links here. The mailing dates for this round robin are:
November 25, December 9, December 23 and January 6.

Note the correction from December 15 to December 23. Sorry for the confusion.
At this point we have 3 people signed up for angels and 1 who missed the snowflake round robin who is interested in snowflakes

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Input Requested

I have had several people ask if they could do more than one round robin at a time. I have been trying to schedule the round robins so that the pieces have to be mailed out at 2 week intervals. That gives the average person enough time to select a piece, tat it, block it, and mail it before they start the next. If everything goes well, if you have a lot of tatting time, if you don't get sick, have an injury or accident, if no one in your family gets sick and needs care, if you don't have fire, flood, or quake, if you don't have to work a lot of overtime, if you don't have to prepare a Thanksgiving feast or have house guests, if you don't shop till you drop for Christmas, if you don't make a whole lot more gifts than you buy because you can't afford to buy much this year, if a thousand and one other things don't happen, then you probably could do more than one round robin at a time. That's a lot of ifs.

You can go in an instant from having lots of time in which to complete your obligations, to having no time at all. Should you run into difficulty in a round robin all of your partners can be informed and things can be re-arranged. But when you are in multiple round robins it means multiple groups are affected.

On the other hand some people may have ample tatting time and if there isn't any impediment they may be well able to tat their projects in less than a week so that they would easily be able to tat the required pieces for more than one group at a time. Perhaps I am being overly cautious. Participating in a round robin is an obligation as well as a pleasure. It is that participants themselves who may need to deal with the fallout of someone participating in multiple round robins at the same time.

When the first person asked about doing more than one round robin at a time I said I didn't think it was a good idea. I plan to keep the round robins going as long as people want to participate so it's not like you have to do everything all at once. However I'm not participating, just organizing these round robins. What does everyone else think?

Current sign ups

Snowflakes in progress
Butterflies in progress

Bookmarks - 4 (if there are no additional sign ups for this group it will be set up as a 4 person group)

Angels - 3 looking for 2 more participants

3D Ornaments


Doilies (if requested)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Butterflies Have Taken Flight

The butterfly round robin is now underway. The leader in this six person group is Aileen. The participants are Aileen, Becky, Sharol, Meme, Melissa and Dyan. If you didn't get your partner information, email me, sharon at gagechek dot com . Also, if you have a blog or website, let me know so that I can add the links here. The mailing dates are:
November 17, December 1, December 15, January 5 and January 19.

A couple of people have switched their preferences, so these are the round robins still looking for some additional people so that they can start.
Bookmarks - 1
Angels - 2
3D Ornaments
Doilies (if requested)
Optional - 1 People who want to join and haven't specified category. They'll be added to a group to make up 5.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Snowflake Round Robin Has Started

The Snowflake round robin info has been sent off. The group leader is Jeff Hamilton and there are 6 people in this group, Jeff, Maria, Joy, Shawna, Lorena, and Sandra. If you didn't get your partner information, email me, sharon at gagechek dot com . Also, if you have a blog or website, let me know so that I can add the links here.
The mailing dates are:
November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19 and January 9.

The following round robins are still looking for some additional people so that they can start.

Angels - 2
3D Ornaments
Butterflies - 5
Hearts - 1 +1
Doilies (if requested)
Optional - 2 People who want to join and haven't specified category. They'll be added to a group to make up 5.

There are now enough people for the butterfly round robin and details will be sent out to participants shortly.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Round Robin Etiquette

Round robins are a fun way of getting to see other people's tatting. It's amazing how differently other people can interpret the same pattern. They can be a challenging way to practice your designing skills, or just a way or collecting tatted pieces for display. As a wonderful side effect you get to know a little more about the terrific folks in our tatting community, that we often only know through email. It's exciting with each new mailing to get a new piece of tatting made just for you. For those who don't participate but only watch, it can be fun just seeing what others are doing.

Sometimes even fun things can have little glitches. So in the interest of protecting everyone, and getting the maximum fun out of these round robins I'm going to lay down some ground rules to keep things moving smoothly.

All round robins, except for any doily round robins, will be direct mailings. Traditionally each person makes a piece of tatting and adds it to a package that is mailed on to the next person in the robin. In the past some of these packages have gone astray and everyone's work has been lost. With direct mailings if anything gets lost it's just the one piece of tatting and as tragic as that is, it's not as heartbreaking as losing everything.

All of the groups will have a coordinator who will be responsible for making sure their group of 5 or more stay on track. Life happens and we've all had unexpected circumstances that we've had to deal with. Keeping track of different schedules and different pieces for 30 or 40 people is more than I want to handle again. So this time each little group of 5 or more, will have one person who will make sure that each person in the group gets their pieces out on time, and receives their expected pieces.

Sending your tatting out using a shipping method that allows for tracking numbers is one way of making sure that your tatting actually gets to it's destination. However that can be very expensive and should not be necessary when mailing inside the country. If you mail your tatting out and the person you sent it to doesn't get it. You are responsible for making a replacement piece of tatting.

If you have circumstances like an injury, illness, family obligations, fire, flood, earthquake or other events which prevent you from fulfilling your obligations, TELL your coordinator or myself what is going on as soon as you can. People will understand if you are open and honest about what is going on. The coordinator and I will find a way to work around the situation if possible. It is much better to say, "I'm too exhausted after work to tat and I thought I could do this but I can't." and drop out of a round robin, than to have the other participants in the group think that you are a nasty person who just doesn't live up to your responsibilities.

Although it isn't required, it is often interesting to the recipient when you send a postcard from your neighborhood. Tatters will sometimes include a sample of the thread used for the project or other small things but that is NOT a requirement, it just adds a bit more fun to the tatting. Not everyone has access to the same resources and these aren't gift packages, they're tatting, so please don't go overboard. It's nice to receive little gifts with the tatting, but at the same time we don't want to make anyone feel bad because they can't reciprocate. The important thing here is the tatting.

You may only join one round robin at a time. We all know, life happens and you may be able to tat for hours today, but tomorrow all your spare time may be needed for work, or to care for a sick relative or for some other purpose. To have obligations to fulfill to 4 other tatters is enough at any one time. There will always be more round robins later.

Anticipate that 2 weeks will be allotted for each project to be completed. That should be adequate for most tatters, if it is insufficient for all participants the schedule will be adjusted to suit the slowest tatter in the group. Nobody needs to be stressed out over due dates because if it causes stress it isn't fun.

Edited to remove old signup information

Friday, October 3, 2008

Round Robin 2 Sign up

It looks like some of our round robins are still limping home. One of the groups that I thought was finished was actually stalled. (When one of the kids picks up Mom's mail, he really ought to put it where she can find it, instead of placing several packages in unlikely places.) A number of our groups are finished, but I have been unable to post the finished pictures because not everyone has scanners or digital cameras to take the pictures.

On the other hand several people inquired about new rounds and I thought it would be better to get something going before we get into the Thanksgiving/Halloween/Christmas tangle. Having nearly ripped my hair out trying to track 5 separate groups, this time each group will have a leader who will keep track of their group.

In our last rounds it was somewhat difficult to match up people with requested projects, so this time around there are some suggested projects and people can sign up for the project of their choice. As soon as there are 5 or more people signed up for a project the groups will be arranged and info sent out.

All mailings will be direct mailings and I'm anticipating a 2 week schedule so that the robins should be done more or less within 10 weeks from the starting date, but that is flexible.

Other project category suggestions are welcome. You can sign up by sending an email to me - sharon at gagechek dot com or by adding a comment. If you sign up by adding a comment, make sure that I have your email address so that I can contact you with your round robin details.

Snowflakes - 2 +1
Angels - 2
3D Ornaments
Butterflies - 1 +1
Hearts - 1 +1
Beaded item - 1
Doilies (if requested)
Optional - 3

As people sign up I'll add the numbers beside the categories so that you know how many are in the group already.

We have had 11 people sign up for the round robin so far. Three of them have not specified a particular project so I have counted them under Optional and will add them to whichever group needs another participant. One has listed several projects and has been shown as +1 and will be added to whichever category fills up first. A request has been made for a new category of beaded items.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Beginners International Finished

I am finally getting a chance to post the pictures from the finished Round Robins. In the beginners group there didn't seem to be a general consensus as to what everyone wanted to work on, so for these groups the participants tatted different things based on what the recipient wanted. Aileen who stepped in to keep everyone informed and on track wanted animals. Joy wanted bookmarks, Bob wanted things he could learn from, and Margaret wanted Christmas ornaments.

Bob's original tatting, for himself was a pretty little doily that took the scenic route, and for a while we thought it was lost, but eventually it caught up to the rest of his tattings.
Bob for Aileen
Bob for Joy
Bob for Margaret

Aileen for herself
Aileen for Joy
Aileen for Margaret
Aileen for Bob
Joy for herself

Joy for MargaretJoy for Bob

Joy for Aileen

Margaret for herself

Margaret for Joy

Margaret for Aileen

When Margaret received Aileen's package there were already 2 cats in it and what Margaret really wanted to make was a mouse, but the only pattern she could find was for a very tiny mouse. She couldn't resist and tatted the mice as well as the turtle.

Margaret for Bob