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.

Bookmarks
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.

Bookmarks
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.