Words from the Knot House

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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