Friday, February 29, 2008

Advanced International - Vicki 1

The Advanced International group are working on mixed projects. Their first project is hearts and this one is Vicki's heart.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

First mailing dates

We've had a bit of a shaky start for some of our round robins. As you can see from the sidebar we have 5 different round robins going and many of our participants have their own web pages where they can display the progress of the robins. Apparently not all of the emails with the group information got to the recipients. One of the tatters only got their group information yesterday, one of the participants has had to drop out and this morning I received notice that one of the participants had the dog eat her tatting. (Doesn't that remind you of school? Sorry teacher I don't have my homework done because the dog ate it.) We can laugh, but I'm sure that it was devastating to find the hours of work and careful blocking getting munched on like kibble.

I've had confirmation from everyone now that they did get the original email and I have had information back from a few of you that your first tattings are on their way. Just a reminder here are the first mailing deadlines for your tatting

Intermediate /Advanced - Hearts March 23, 2008
Advanced International - Project March 3, 2008
Beginners USA Feb 24, 2008
Beginners International* Feb 24, 2008
Doily Round Robin Feb 24, 2008

*As far as I know everyone is on time with their first tattings with the exception of the International Beginner's group as one of the tatters in this group has not been receiving my emails. I apologize for not staying on top of this and making sure everyone had the info. The mailing schedule for this group may need to be adjusted.

Just in case anyone is wondering, how the groups were established, I sorted people out by skill level and by international/local and discovered 5 people interested in doing a doily that were all agreeable to an international robin. So that was my first group.

Of the remaining folks about half of them were relatively new to tatting and they were split into International and USA in small groups of 3. It seemed to me that if anyone was going to have time issues it would more likely be a beginner and a smaller group would be easier to coordinate if there were problems. As for preference of what they wanted to tat, most of them liked tatting anything and everything so each of them will specify what they'd like to receive and the other participants will tat that project.

In the more advanced tatters a number of them were from other countries and some had requested direct mailing so the International Advanced group will be tatting a variety of projects Each month they will tat a different project. The first month they will tat a heart, the next month a bookmark, the third month an animal or butterfly and the fourth month a snowflake. Each month they will mail to a different person. Since there was no real consensus on what they wanted to make, this seemed like a more interesting way of doing things. We'll see how it goes.

The remaining group of tatters were in the intermediate/advanced skill level and of those that expressed a preference for type of project there were more requests for hearts, so this group is doing hearts.

I did try as much as possible to give everyone the kind of projects they wanted and matched them up with folks with similar abilities. I'm hoping that everything goes really well for all of the people involved and I'm looking forward to seeing lots of tatted laces.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hearts Carol 1

Carol loves doing these spiral designs and she plans on giving participants a choice of colours and whether they want the outer round or not.I have had a few people send me pictures and I expect that not all of the entries will show up here but it's nice to see the beginnings of the robins.

Hearts Laura 1

Laura is thrilled that she has designed her first heart. She really liked the heart with the bouquet of flowers in Martha's book so she designed hers along the same lines. She has named this one English Country Garden Heart.

Doily - Jeanette's centre

Jeanette has the first round of her doily completed and ready to send off to Anke. Please note ladies that your first round, the centre of your own doily is due to be sent out by February 24, 2008.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hearts Brenda 1

Brenda already has her first heart ready to send off. This was a heart she already had done that fit the criteria for the round robin. As yet, no indication has been given of the author of the pattern so I can't tell if this is an original pattern or a published one.

Doily - Anke Round 1

Most of the participants have their own blogs, web pages or photo pages where they can display their progress so that their progress will be available for everyone to enjoy. However some participants don't have their own pages and their entries will be shown here. As much as possible I'll try to keep some of the information here too. The links to the pages I have are shown in the side bar at the right under the round robin they are participating in.

One of the participants in the Doily round robin is Anke and she worked this design as her centre from a picture she found on the internet and she didn't write down whose pattern it is.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hearts Round Robin

I've just sent off the last of the groups for round robins. This is a group of intermediate/ advanced skill tatters that will be working on hearts doing a traditional mailing. There are 6 people in this group so it's the largest round robin and it should be fun to watch this one progress.

The group includes Cynthia Stevenson, Laura Blanton, J.B. Locke, Ellen Dabbs, Carol Amich and
Brenda Hubler.

Friday, February 15, 2008

International Project Round Robin

Partners for the International Project Round Robin have been mailed off. This Project group will be doing a different project every month and doing direct mailing. The group includes Jennifer Morris, Victoria Clarke, Hanna Lindholm, M. Eliana Gonzalez C., and Ellen Lai. They will be tatting either a heart, bookmark, animal or butterfly and a snowflake each month until their round robin is completed.

There is one more group to send out, then the fun can begin.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beginners Round Robins

We had 8 people identify themselves as beginners at tatting and sign up for the round robin. The beginners groups have now been sent out. They have elected to tat whatever the other participants want so each member will specify what they would like to receive and their partners will all tat them one. This should make for especially interesting groups.
The International group is Chia Aileen, Bob Shotton, Margaret Boos and Joy Walsh while the American group is Connie Faulconer, Stephanie Bryant and Bonnie Peters.

Have lots of fun with this one.

The majority of the people are the intermediate/advanced folks and it's going to take a while to sort them into groups. so their information will get posted in the next few days.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Doily Round Robin

Participants in the Doily Round Robin have been sent their information.
The participants in this Round Robin are:
Josie Passell, Shawna Bouwkamp, Joyce Schermerhorn, Jeanette Hasseman, and Anke Nienstedt.
Have fun and show us how you are progressing.

Groups will be sent out soon

Just in case anyone is wondering, I now have the details to send out your groups but have been tied up with legal matters and haven't had a chance to send out any information. I hope to get things in motion this week.