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TIA’S day three completed.

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TIAS Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the TAIS

I am enjoying this TIAS. I got the the great fun of doing the first part twice. I went to work the first ring on the second day and my thread started unraveling.
Anyways, I am hoping it is a pony and this is the seat part of the saddle.
Here is my pic.

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And here is the pic of my unraveling thread. Good thing it is pretty

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Have a great tatting night,
Davina-Maria

You can find the pattern for day one on Sherry’s blog (this is where she will be posting all pattern bits so that they do not get lost in the community blog): http://ladyshuttlemaker.blogspot.com/2013/09/tias-day-one.html

You can see the tatting progress of several participants (70+ have signed up to post) here: http://tiaspence.blogspot.com/

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #22 – Meandering Path

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 #22 – Meandering Path

This week’s pattern was created by Jeanne Lugert. It is a very beautiful pattern. I really love the way it flows from one part to the next. I can easily picture it as a lovely path through a wonderfully laid out garden. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Pattern: http://ladytats.blogspot.com/p/patterns.html (both written and in diagram form)

Meandering Path - designed by Jeanne Lugert - tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread Niagara Falls (size 40) and Purple Dark (size 20).

Meandering Path – designed by Jeanne Lugert – tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread Niagara Falls (size 40) and Purple Dark (size 20).

I wanted to see what this pattern would look like in two colors. I really liked the way it turned out. However, when I do it again, I will make sure that the two colors are in the same thread size. That’s what I get for starting this pattern after 9 pm with sleepy eyes. Still, a very wonderful pattern!

You can find Jeanne Lugert at the following location:

Blog: http://ladytats.blogspot.com/
 
 

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

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #21 - T.A.R.D.I.S. - Tatted by Marie McCurry in Lizbeth, size 20, turquoise twist.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #21 – T.A.R.D.I.S. – Tatted by Marie McCurry in Lizbeth, size 20, turquoise twist.

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Meandering Path

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

#21 – TARDIS * #20 – Luna Moth * #19 – Little Owl Earrings * #18 – Hedgehog * #17 – Flower *#16 – Mrs. Platt’s Baby Booties #15 – Tat It And See 2013#14 – Sweetheart Snowflake * #13 – Ringtrim – A Microdragon * #12 – Clover Drop Heart#11 – Morgan Mouse * #10 – Accidental Hearts * #9 – Tatted Snail * #8 – Tatted Cameo Pendant * #7 – Wedding Garter * #6 – Remembrance Ring * #5 – Pretty Tatted Kitty * #4 – 5 Point Celtic Motif#3 – Triangular Motifs * #2 – Dragon * #1 – Butterfly

TIAS – Day One

You can find the pattern for day one on Sherry’s blog (this is where she will be posting all pattern bits so that they do not get lost in the community blog): http://ladyshuttlemaker.blogspot.com/2013/09/tias-day-one.html

You can see the tatting progress of several participants (70+ have signed up to post) here: http://tiaspence.blogspot.com/

Sherry Pence's TIAS - Day One - Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Sherry Pence’s TIAS – Day One – Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Today’s pattern bit was very straight forward. The most challenging part for me in this section was the measured mock picot. It took me a few tries to figure out how to hold my gauge and get the distance right. I don’t normally tat with picot gauges – so that may take some getting used to. The only thing I’m not happy with is that the first picot twisted – I’m hoping there is a join to that picot later on that will correct that issue. I don’t have any guesses yet as to what the finished pattern might be.

~Natalie

P.S. Jane Eborall already knows what it is… *giggles*

EDIT:

So I definitely made 1/2″ picots yesterday, using my picot gauge vertically. So with Sherry’s announcement this morning that the picots should be 1/4″, I had a bit of fun retro tatting. Each time I practice taking out a ring it seems to get easier. I managed to undo all of yesterday’s work so that I could re-tat Day One. So here it is, in all it’s 1/4″ picot-y goodness.

Sherry Pence's TIAS - Day One -Now with 1/4" picots! - Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Sherry Pence’s TIAS – Day One -Now with 1/4″ picots! – Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Shuttlebirds Spotlight – Jan B. – Tatted Journey Quilt

 

Jan B. has been working on this gorgeous quilt for a while and her hard work has paid off. This quilt is a thing of beauty. My mind is astounded by the number of hours of tatting Jan needed to put in for this masterpiece. She has my brain thinking about big ambitious tatting projects. Enjoy the pictures of Jan’s beautiful Tatted Journey Quilt!

~Natalie

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the TIAS that Sherry Pence is running. It starts today! http://tiaspence.blogspot.com/2013/09/welcome-tatters-around-world.html

TIAS Starts Tomorrow

I hope everyone is looking forward to Sherry Pence’s Fall TIAS! Tomorrow is the first day. I’ve got my shuttles ready to go and I hope you do too!

Here is a link to the TIAS for those who need it: http://tiaspence.blogspot.com/2013/09/welcome-tatters-around-world.html

Sherry will be posting the pattern bits on her blog: http://ladyshuttlemaker.blogspot.com/2013/09/tat-it-and-see-starts-tomorrow.html

Make sure you have your two shuttles continuously wound with size 20 thread of any color (solid of variegated). She also recommends a picot gauge of 1/2 inch or 1 centimeter. This is going to be fun!

Happy Tatting!

~Natalie

Owie Wowie

We have all done it, jammed the nail, pulled something the wrong way, and started a tear in our nail down below the edge of the nail bed. I use my nails as tweezers so I get this more than I should. I have found that a partially torn nail will catch a thread every time I start to tat. Usually, not that big of deal. Usually, I just cut off that part of the nail and go along my merry way. But what about when it is too deep? No one wants to rip that off, and we sure don’t want to stop tatting. What’s a girl to do?
Years ago in beauty school (stop your laughing, I was good) my instructor showed us a great tip. This isn’t a permanent fix, but it will hold the nail together a few extra days so it can grow out. Mine lasts about 2 days but I also loose fake nails within a week so your milage may vary.
You are going to need:
Alcohol or nail polish remover
Runny superglue
Piece of napkin or tissue or even thin fabric

Clean your nail real good. DO NOT do this if there is any chance there is an infection or foreign material under the nail. If you have a nail file you can rough up the surface of the nail a little to help the patch stick. Now wipe the nail with the alcohol or polish remover and let dry.
Cut a small piece of the tissue (I used a large piece in the pic so it is obvious) and place it over the tear in your nail. Cover the tissue with a few drops of glue. It does not take much, and will spread as the tissue absorbs it. The tissue should remain flat. If it starts to curl, quickly press it down. Once the glue gets tacky it will stick. If it gets on you, gentle clean up with alcohol and cotton balls.
That’s it. Patch can be removed with non-acetone nail polish remover after the nail grows our or anytime you need to change it.
WARNING: if you start to feel pain, or swelling, or anything wrong, TAKE THE PATCH OFF! I have done this countless times without problems but better safe than sorry.

Hope this helps you keep tatting
Davina-Marie

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