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.)