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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #9 – Tatted Snail

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will post a picture of how our tatting turned out when we followed the pattern. Following the challenge, we will feature reader completions of past challenges.

Challenge Issued: Follow the linked pattern in any color combinations and thread sizes you choose.  [Variations of the pattern are welcome and encouraged.]  Then snap a picture and send it to sbspokane@yahoo.com with the subject line “Weekly Challenge” to see your completed work featured as part of next week’s challenge post. Be sure to include the name you wish us to list with your photo – we want to give you credit! [There is no time limit on sending in your picture – feel free to send in any weekly challenge pictures (from last week or weeks/months ago) and we will feature them as part of the next Wednesday’s post.]

Weekly Challenge #9

This week’s pattern is another designed by the talented Nancy Tracy. We previously featured her Pretty Tatted Kitty as Challenge #5. This week’s pattern is an adorable snail.

http://www.be-stitched.com/pattern0704snail.php

Snail designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread size 20 and color Elderberry Jam (#177).

Snail designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread size 20 and color Elderberry Jam (#177).

You can find Nancy Tracy at any of these locations:

Website: http://www.be-stitched.com
Store: http://www.be-stitchedstore.com/
 

Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Raspberry Frappe.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Raspberry Frappe.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #8 - Tatted by Marie McCurry.  This one was made with Lizbeth, size 20 blue river glades and seagreen light. She made the zig-zag 5/5/5/5-5/5/5/5-  instead of 10/10-10/10.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #8 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. This one was made with Lizbeth, size 20 blue river glades and seagreen light. She made the zig-zag 5/5/5/5-5/5/5/5- instead of 10/10-10/10.

Reader Submitted Snails

Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

If you have a free pattern you would like to see featured as part of the Weekly Challenge – let us know by leaving a comment or by sending an email to sbspokane@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing your creations!

– Natalie

 

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #8 – Tatted Cameo Pendant

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will post a picture of how our tatting turned out when we followed the pattern. Following the challenge, we will feature reader completions of past challenges.

Challenge Issued: Follow the linked pattern in any color combinations and thread sizes you choose.  [Variations of the pattern are welcome and encouraged.]  Then snap a picture and send it to sbspokane@yahoo.com with the subject line “Weekly Challenge” to see your completed work featured as part of next week’s challenge post. Be sure to include the name you wish us to list with your photo – we want to give you credit! [There is no time limit on sending in your picture – feel free to send in any weekly challenge pictures (from last week or weeks/months ago) and we will feature them as part of the next Wednesday’s post.]

Weekly Challenge #8 – Tatted Cameo Pendant

This week’s pattern was designed by the talented TotusMel. She has a great designer eye and it is a delight to follow her work.

Pattern: http://totusmel.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-tatted-cameo-pattern.html

I don’t feel that I quite did her pattern justice.  It is so pretty.  I think I need some more practice with such a large ring (80 ds). It was nice learning how to make Victorian sets. I look forward to trying some of her other patterns in the future! This is definitely a pattern I will do again once I’ve had a bit more practice with Victorian sets. I had started out with size 20 thread, but I couldn’t get my ring to close. So I switched to size three thread and that made closing the ring easier.

Tatted Cameo Pendant designed by TotusMel. Tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth size 3 in color Purple Splendor (129).

Tatted Cameo Pendant designed by TotusMel. Tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth size 3 in color Purple Splendor (129).

Sorry the photo is a bit dark. I’ll try to take a better one later in the week when I am not under the weather.

You can find more wonderful designs and creations by TotusMel at any of these locations:

Blog: http://totusmel.blogspot.com/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/totusmel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TotusMel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TotusMelTats
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TotusMel
Flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/TotusMel
Tumblr: http://totusmel.tumblr.com/
 

I look forward to seeing your pendant!

Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.

No new submissions this week.  Check out the Weekly Challenge page for awesome past submissions!

Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

If you have a free pattern you would like to see featured as part of the Weekly Challenge – let us know by leaving a comment or by sending an email to sbspokane@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing your creations!

– Natalie

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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #7 – Wedding Garter

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will post a picture of how our tatting turned out when we followed the pattern. Following the challenge, we will feature reader completions of past challenges.

Challenge Issued: Follow the linked pattern in any color combinations and thread sizes you choose.  [Variations of the pattern are welcome and encouraged.]  Then snap a picture and send it to sbspokane@yahoo.com with the subject line “Weekly Challenge” to see your completed work featured as part of next week’s challenge post. Be sure to include the name you wish us to list with your photo – we want to give you credit! [There is no time limit on sending in your picture – feel free to send in any weekly challenge pictures (from last week or weeks/months ago) and we will feature them as part of the next Wednesday’s post.]

Weekly Challenge #7 – Wedding Garter

“Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue.”
 

This week’s pattern is provided by Gina Butler. Gina was sweet enough to find an updated version of her pattern for us to use… and if that isn’t awesome enough, she located the file while running on generator power during a power outage caused by the recent OK storms. That makes her pretty awesome in addition to being creative.

Updated PDF: Wedding Garter2013

Tatting patterns including original garter pattern: http://www.ginabea.com/tatting.php

I started the pattern in a size ten and realized that I wanted to use a smaller thread. So I turned it into a bookmark.

I started the pattern in a size ten and realized that I wanted to use a smaller thread. So I turned it into a bookmark.

Garter pattern in progress.

Garter pattern in progress.

I followed Gina's suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of "...something blue." The photo album in the background features my wedding cake which my sister-in-law made.

I followed Gina’s suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of “…something blue.” The photo album in the background features my wedding cake which my sister-in-law made.

I followed Gina's suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of "...something blue."

I followed Gina’s suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of “…something blue.”

Helpful resources for completing this pattern:

Pdf on dimpled hearts: http://www.ginabea.com/docs/HeartStrings09.pdf

Video: Tatting dimpled ring heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6rIkMt3K4o

When you get to the second row of the garter, Gina’s headband videos may prove helpful:

You can find more wonderful designs by Gina at any of these locations:

Blog: http://ginabea.blogspot.com/
Website: www.ginabea.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ginabea1630
 

I look forward to seeing what you create with Gina’s pattern. It has potential to be turned into so many things (bracelet, anklet, necklace, bookmarks, etc.) in addition to the beautiful garter it already is.

Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Michele Merrill. Here is the Pretty Tatted Kitty attached to a greeting card. I think I used size 5 thread.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Michele Merrill. Here is the Pretty Tatted Kitty attached to a greeting card. I think I used size 5 thread.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Michele Merrill. "Here is my Pretty Kitty Kat. Used thread from my stash so not sure of size."

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Michele Merrill. “Here is my Pretty Kitty Kat. Used thread from my stash so not sure of size.”

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry.  This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread.  The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry. This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread. The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry.  This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread.  The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry. This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread. The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Davina-Marie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Davina-Marie.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #2 - tatted by Davina-Marie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #2 – tatted by Davina-Marie.

Reader Submitted Garters (and Variations)

Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

If you have a free pattern you would like to see featured as part of the Weekly Challenge – let us know by leaving a comment or by sending an email to sbspokane@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing your creations!

– Natalie

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Spokane Interstate Fair Tatting Entries Open

It is that time of the year, the Spokane Interstate Fair has uploaded the sewing exhibitor guide for the 2013 Fair. You can find the Exhibitors Guide by following the link. Sewing is part of the Sewing Department, J. There are 4 tatting specific lots:
Class 8, Lot 24, Tatted Bookmarks
Class 8, Lot 25, Tatted Doily
Class 8, Lot 26, Tatted Edging
Class 8, Lot 27, Tatted Other, specify
However, tatted items can be entered into any class and lot that does not specify the technique used. If you have any questions, please ask. Many Guild members have experience with the entry forms and process and are willing to help you out.
Shuttlebirds are again awarding one skillful tatter a $50 to DS9Designs for the Best Tatted Article in Class 8.
Entry forms are due August 6th, 8 weeks from today.
Articles are due at the fairgrounds September 3, 12 weeks from today.

It would be great if we could have 100% of the eligible guild members entered. With the open lot, #27, you can enter just about anything, a project from a guild meeting or something you learned from workshop. if it is complete and the threads are all tucked in nicely, it can be entered.
If dropping off or picking up your items are an issue, maybe we can work out some sort of fair tatting carpool.
I tell you from experience, it is always fun to visit the fair and see something you made on display.

REMINDER: Shuttlebirds will be doing a live tatting demo at the Fair again this year. Join us or come out and support us.

Davina

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Oh What a Tangled Thread We Weave….

When we toss Egyptian cotton with ease.

WARNING: This post contains graphic pictures of mishandled thread. Not for the faint of heart.20130610-155739.jpg

I admit, I have issues. Those who know be can attest that I have more than my fair share. Luckily for you, since this blog is about tatting, we can skip over 95% of them. I have already shared my obsession with Aerlit shuttles and my quest to get one of each color. After shuttles, my OCD moves on to threads. Since I am bearing my soul here, I must confess that there is a part of me that wants a collection that includes every color of Lizbeth size 20 available. That is over 179 different colors. (Color Chart)  The reasonable part of my brain tells me how ridiculous that is, the creative artistic side is screaming “NEED! WANT! NEED! WANT! NEED! WANT!” I was lucky though, when I started putting together my collection, a local craft store was closing out all their Lizbeth so I was able to buy a bunch of variegated colors cheap. Another national craft chain has a 40% off coupon every week. For awhile, I just stopped in there whenever I was going buy and picked up a ball. If I was to count, which I wont, I would estimate I have about 50 different colors. When you have that much, you need a way to organize it, or chaos will abound.

Last week, I purchased 3 new balls of thread and it is time to add them to my Snap-Ware storage containers. I could just toss them in together and let them party all night but I have control issues so that doesn’t work for me. I know some people leave them in the nice plastic bag they come in, drawing the thread thru the hole right below the seal. I tried that but the krinkling sound of the bag annoyed me. Instead, after spying on other tatters, and adding some ideas of my own, I came up with the following check list for each ball of thread I buy.

20130610-170836.jpgStep One: Clip it up!
The first thing I do once I take a ball of thread out of its protective baggie, is add a little girls hair clip to hold the end of the thread in place. These clips can be purchased anywhere, in many different designs. My co-blogger Natalie, who I stole this idea from, has little heart shaped clips that are adorable. The average cost is less than 10 cents each.
Step Two: List it!
I have an excel file that lists every color of thread I have so I don’t buy doubles. It includes the color name and number, amount, and a way to mark the color if I need to buy more. I can then export the data into a PDF that I can send to my mobile device and take with me to the store or guild meetings.
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I know this seems redundant since Lizbeth labels each ball but it has been my experience that the Lizbeth label falls off once you get about halfway thru the ball. To prepare for that eventuality, I add a secondary label to the inside of the cardboard tube holding the ball in shape. You can use any labels you want, but you need to make sure they are NOT reposition-able. If you can move the label around, there is a good chance that over time and use, the label will fall off. Avery Mailing labels cut in half work great.
I use the following key on my labels: Thread size/ Thread Color number. I use both in case I ever start collecting other thread sizes (my husbands worst nightmare) I will know what is what without having to guess.

Once all that is done, the thread is ready to play nicely with the others. Now, you don’t have to follow these steps but you must tame your threads and show them who is boss. We all know what happens when thread is left to its own devices…….

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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #6 – Remembrance Ring

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will post a picture of how our tatting turned out when we followed the pattern. Following the challenge, we will feature reader completions of past challenges.

Challenge Issued: Follow the linked pattern in any color combinations and thread sizes you choose.  [Variations of the pattern are welcome and encouraged.]  Then snap a picture and send it to sbspokane@yahoo.com with the subject line “Weekly Challenge” to see your completed work featured as part of next week’s challenge post. Be sure to include the name you wish us to list with your photo – we want to give you credit! [There is no time limit on sending in your picture – feel free to send in any weekly challenge pictures (from last week or weeks/months ago) and we will feature them as part of the next Wednesday’s post.]

Weekly Challenge #6 – Remembrance Ring:

“Tie a string around your finger so you won’t forget.”

This week’s challenge pattern was designed by Marilee Rockley (Yarnplayer). She is a very talented designer and even hand dyes thread! She has happily let us use one of her free patterns for this challenge.

Remembrance ring pattern: http://yarnplayertats.blogspot.com/2009/11/remembrance-tatted-ring.html

This is a great pattern for a pretty ring made of tatted rings (and a few chains).

Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

If you are up for an extra challenge try to work the ring continuously.  If you start on a chain, instead of the ring, you can end the first round with a split ring (just make sure you connect the starting and ending chains of round 1 together before you work the split ring). Then you begin round 2 with a split ring and continue around as the pattern instructs. This is what I did, because I wanted the fewest amount of tails to sew in at the end.

You can find more wonderful designs by Yarnplayer at any of these locations:

Blog:  http://yarnplayertats.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yarnplayer.page
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarileeRockley
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/yarnplayer
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yarnplayer/
Etsy: http://yarnplayer.etsy.com
Craftsy pattern store: http://www.craftsy.com/user/570730/pattern-store
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/marilee-rockley/35/a78/703
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/marileerockley/

Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Marie McCurry. This cat was done in Lizbeth, size 20, mocha brown med and dk. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. This cat was done in Lizbeth, size 20, mocha brown med and dk. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Reader Submitted Remembrance Rings

Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

If you have a free pattern you would like to see featured as part of the Weekly Challenge – let us know by leaving a comment or by sending an email to sbspokane@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing your creations!

– Natalie

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Elegant Tatting Gems by Jon Yusoff

I love tatted snowflakes. They are usually quick, easy projects with wonderful results. Elegant Tatting Gems by Jon tattedgemsYusoff includes 18 snowflake patterns that only take about 1.5 to 5 hours each, depending on skill level. I was able to complete 13 of the 18 designs before I ran out of my selected thread. I tried to stretch it by adding in some white so if you are planning to do them all make sure you have 2 balls before starting.

Elegant Tatting Gems: A collection of snowflake designs
Jon Yusoff
Published 2011
Final Grade: A-

Price 21.95
Soft Cover
Full Color
ISBN # unavailable

Pattern Presentation: Grade B+
Each snowflake pattern includes a diagram and written instructions and a clear picture of the completed item. Patterns are easy to follow and several have interesting techniques that will challenge most tatters but are presented in such a way that beginners should be able to figure them out.
Patterns requiring more than one shuttle are color coded to help the tatter know which shuttle should be used as the ball thread.
The only problem I had with following the patterns is that the first half of the book is that the pattern and the picture are not visable at the same time when the book is propped open. it can be disconcerting to be working on one diagram and looking at the picture of another snowflake. This is only for the first 9 patterns. The second half of the book the picture and the diagram are together.

Pattern Variety: A-
While some patterns seem to fall together into the same families, in my opinion, each snowflake has its own personality.

Finishing Off: A-
None of the patterns include suggested placement for Magic Threads, tatters familiar with the technique should be able to discern proper placement before they begin. For most patterns, I included one in the first ring and the final chain.
14 of the 18 snowflakes are completed using 2 shuttles wound CTM so once completed, there are only 2 ends to hide. 3 of the remaining patterns require 2 rounds and the last one calls for 3 rounds to complete.

Final Thoughts:
I really enjoyed tatting from this book. I would recommend it to most tatters. I know Jon Yusoff has 2 other books and I look forward to seeing if they are of the same calibre.

Did I get it right? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. We would also love to see pictures of any snowflakes you have made from this book.

Davina-Marie

Below are my snowflakes. They have not been blocked and I am severely lacking when it comes to photography skills. I used lizbeth Blue Ice #163

Yakut nilam nikakandi lazuardi cintamani delima gulah kencana baiduri almas adiratna adan

Quilting Tools for Your Tatting Pleasure.

I love finding tatting supplies in other areas of the craft stores, especially if it is something I lose ALLOT! I love my Handy Hands Picot gauge but I have trouble finding it when I drop it. If they would redesign it so it was day-glo pink or orange so I can see it under my couch I would be a happy little tatter. Now I have a back up I found in the quilting department at JoAnns. The measuring gauges are traditionally used by quilters to check seam allowances and sewing lines, they are handy for making uniform picots from 1/4 to 2 inches. The Dritz aluminum gauge had a rough edge on it when I bought it but that was quickly rectified with a couple of swipes of a fine emery board.20130610-173333.jpg

Right next to the gauges, was the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pic. Approximately the same size as a 16 crochet hook, the thread pic has a slightly different shape at it’s head that, in my opinion, helps to get it into tight spaces. I generally use it to split the threads and use the hooks on the ends of my shuttles to make the joins. It is my go to tool for retro tatting and when I am using the higher numbered threads.

The Kitten pictured was made using Lizbeth 2o Carousel #112 and the Dritz Gauge. All picots are 1/4 inch except the Ears that were 5/8.

Pattern for the Kitty was our Wednesday Weekly Challenge #5.

You can purchase the Handy Hands Picot Gauge from DS9Designs here. All other items can be found at a big box craft store near you.

gauge gauge2 pic

Handy Hands Picot Guage

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