Friday, February 29, 2008

Needles, Hooks, Shuttles N flying threads!!!!

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I have actually been pretty busy, tatting, knitting, knitting and crocheting! I have an afghan I have been knitting on for almost a year now, a shawl I have been knitting on for almost a year now, and afghan I have been crocheting on for almost 2 years ( queen size and hard to find thread), as well as my tatting exchanges!

We also just recently got a new renter, so I have been pretty busy helping her get settled in, and then as if she needed the extra stress, she caught a bug somewhere, so today she has been down in bed all day.

Anyway, I'll get some pics posted as soon as I can, hopefully in a few days or sometime this next week anyway!

Blessings everyone!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

New 25 Motif Challenge

I have decided to give the 25-Motif Challenge another go again. I learned so much doing it,,,so here is my Motif # 1.

I used a pattern by Anne Orr 'Large Round Medallion No. 15, using Rubi thread in colors Red and White.
This one my oldest daughter-in-law said she would LOVE to have a table cloth made using this, but she also knew it would it would be kind of expensive, but would actually take a LOT of time to do, so she wasn't going to ask for one!

Here is Motif #2:

This is another pattern from Anne Orr, 'Round Medallion No. 24. All done in Rubi variegated orange. My daughter LOVED this one. Surprised me, actually SHOCK is more like it, I didn't know she liked orange!

Motif #3:

Here is another one I did using Anne Orr's pattern, 'Pointed Tatted Medallion No. 21' using Rubi thread in Red and Grey. This one, I was SURE glad to have finished, though I think it is really pretty. It took me almost to the end of the last round before I finally got the pattern down enough to do without constantly following the directions. I do like it though, and it already has a new home. A girlfriend fell in love with it.
BTW Motifs 1, 2 and 3 besides the next 2 are all done in the month of Feb. I can't believe how far I have come since first learning to tat, less than a year ago.

Motif #4:

This is a 'Barrette' pattern I found by Christiane Eichler 1996. I made it using Rubi thread again, in black and grey. Then I gave it as a surprise to my daughter for her long hair, with a hair pin stick that has a carved bead of some sort on the end. I may need to add to it though, because she has pretty thick and long hair.

WIP (Work In Progress):

This is a 'WIP' I am doing. It is actually a doily from 'Tatter's Treasure Chest' edited by Mary Carolyn Waldrep (another book hubby surprised me with last week, along with 3 others by 'Dover publishers'. I actually have almost 5 completed round on it now. I realized as I was only 3 rings away from finishing round 4, that I goofed, and so I ended up with more chains and rings then pattern called for. But I wasn't about to re-do the 'whole' round again. Especially when I am almost out of the black Rubi thread.
What do you think about this color combo? Too weird??

25 Motif Challenge FINAL

Here is my FINAL motif for my 'First' 25 Motif Challenge

This is the pattern of the original design I used for my tatting exchange, then I got the idea of trying beads, since I was pretty close to doing the 'drop down' picot anyway, it just lacked the picot. I sent this one home to my middle daughter-in-law.

This was my first try using the beads. But I goofed on the bottom, and had to re-do it. LOL I didn't realize my mistake until I was almost to the top. Anyway my oldest daughter-in-law LOVED it! So I gave it to her.

This is the heart I sent to my 'Heart Tatting Exchange' partner, besides the small red one with the white butterfly and white teardrop.

Here is the rest of what I sent for my tatting exchange:Here is what I got in the "Heart's Exchange" My partner (an excellent tatter), Arlene!

This is my surprise goodies that was in the card from Arlene! She did a really TERRIFIC job! Her tatting is really beautiful!
The variegated Pink heart is a pattern by Teri Dusenbury. The thread is Coats Vintage thread.
The red heart is a 'pineapple Split-Ring by Shery Matthews2004 pattern. The thread Arlene used is a #50 discontinued Flora.
THANK YOU AGAIN Arlene for the BEAUTIFUL tatted hearts!!!!!