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.