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Archive for December, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a marvelous day filled with family and friends.

There will be no new challenge today. Feel free to try one of the previous challenges.

Merry Christmas!

Giving & Receiving – Enter to Win

I greatly enjoy the Christmas season – from dancing around my house to Christmas carols to cherished time spent with family and friends. I do hope you are enjoying the season and looking forward to the new year.

I’m taking the time to get a few things marked off my ever growing to do list.

Shuttlebirds Blog Workshop Scholarship Fund Christmas Contest Bonanza

(Try saying that ten times fast…)

The first thing I wanted to do was remind everyone of the first annual (hopefully) Shuttlebirds Blog Workshop Scholarship Fund Christmas Contest Bonanza! All details are laid out here by Davina, but here is a quick recap.

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How to enter: Send in a tatted item (holiday card decorated with tatting, tatted ornament, or any tatted art). One entry will be given for each tatted item received on or before January 2, 2014. One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a prize basket on January 4, 2014 at the Shuttlebirds Guild Meeting and the winner’s name will be posted no later than the 5th.

Each item received will be photographed and displayed on the Shuttlebirds blog as it is received.  All items received become the sole property of the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild and will be used as a fundraiser at their annual workshop with all proceeds to be put into the Workshop Scholarship fund.

All entries should be sent to:
Shuttlebirds
C/O Davina Achen
23126 E Wellesley
Otis Orchards WA
99027

I look forward to seeing your tatting.

Exchanges

I had the joy of participating in Wicked Nothings’ Secret Shuttle Exchange and Secret Santa Exchange. I received wonderful gifts from two awesome gals.

For the Secret Shuttle Exchange, I had the honor of receiving a package from Sook Yi in Malaysia.

The wonderful things Sook Yi sent me!

The wonderful things Sook Yi sent me!

The shuttle is gorgeous and the first shuttle Sook Yi has decorated. She also found out that I enjoy costuming and sent me some ribbon and lace that I can use in my projects. She tatted a wonderful dimple angel designed by Lenore English. The thread is Olympus #40 and is wound on a very pretty thread winder.

I received my Secret Santa Exchange from Lottie in Florida.

The fantastic things Lotti sent me.

The fantastic things Lottie sent me.

She sent me an amazing tatted ornament of her own design, some adorable button motifs, a cute snowman spoon, pretty thread, scissors, my first metal shuttle, beads, and key rings. Plus, she had the brilliant idea to share some of her tatting inspiration and patterns on a thumb drive.

I love participating in exchanges. It is always so nice to get a small glimpse into other tatter’s lives.

Thank you both for your wonderful gifts!

– Natalie

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #34 – Flurry Snowflake

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 #34 – Flurry Snowflake

This week’s pattern is by the amazing Jane Eborall! She has several wonderful patterns available for tatters around the world to enjoy.

Pattern: Flurry Snowflake

In progress Flurry Snowflake - design by Jane Eborall. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

In progress Flurry Snowflake – design by Jane Eborall. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

I’m currently on a snowflake kick for my tree and this one is a lot of fun! However, I’ve miscalculated the amount of time it takes me to add beads to a picot before a join. Thus, you get to enjoy an in-progress shot. I will upload my completed snowflake when it is finished and I look forward to seeing yours!

You can find Jane Eborall at any of these locations:

Blog: http://www.janeeborall.blogspot.com/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tattingjane/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/janeeborall
Tatting Patterns: http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/
 
 

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge # 32 - Tatted Roman Cross - Tatted by Kristen Fink in size 30 Cebélia thread.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge # 32 – Tatted Roman Cross – Tatted by Kristen Fink in size 30 Cebélia thread.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #18 - Hedgehog - Tatted by Claire Perrin "As it was for a bookmark, I used small seed beads, and glued the tatting on a piece of felt.  The thread is Lizbeth 'Falling leaves' in size 20."

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #18 – Hedgehog – Tatted by Claire Perrin “As it was for a bookmark, I used small seed beads, and glued the tatting on a piece of felt.
The thread is Lizbeth ‘Falling leaves’ in size 20.”

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

Reader Submitted Snowflake Flurry

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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 Weekly Challenge #33 Sugar Maple Leaf

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.

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Weekly Challenge #33 Canadian Sugar Maple Leaf
This week’s pattern is from Gail Marshal. She has posted both a written pattern and a diagram on her NATA site. NATA stands for Nuts About Tatting Association. You can find more information about NATA by following the link.
I found this pattern while looking for something to make with my new threads I got last month (New Threads for Mama) and the Lizbeth Spice Cake is still on the list but the ones I am making now are for the helpful gals at the Kid’s Doctor’s office and need to be green. The lighter one is is Lizbeth 138, Leafy Green and the dark on is Lizbeth 167, Jungle Greens. I extended the stems in order to make them into bookmarks and finished them off by tatting a small motif to finish them off. They still need to be blocked but that is for another day.
This pattern works up pretty quick, each portion is a count repeat so you don’t have to continually watch the pattern.
I hope you enjoy working these up, I can’t wait to see your pictures.
Happy Holidays
Davina-Marie

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.]

Wednesday Weekly Challenge #32 Tatted Roman Cross

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Wednesday Weekly Challenge #32 Tatted Roman Cross

Last month, Shuttlebirds discussed making some tatted crosses for the congregation of the church we meet at as a thank you for allowing us to use their facility. I looked around but didn’t find a pattern that fit the idea I had in mind so I started working one out in my head. I wanted the pattern to start at the base so I could easily turn it into bookmark but I also wanted an optional ring at the top so I could make it into a pendant in smaller sized threads.
You will need a pretty full shuttle for the center color, I ran out twice while making the final sample, the second time on the last ring. As you can see in the picture, I just did the shoelace trick and did the final ring in the exterior color.
This is a great pattern to work on the go, the chains are almost all the same and the ring counts are relatively easy to remember.
Also, I tried to put the whole thing on a one page PDF to make it easier to keep a copy; Tatted Roman Cross. If you like or hate it, please let me know.
I hope you have a great time, and I would love to see pictures.
Davina-Marie

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

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.]

Challenge Accepted:

Challenge Accepted – Paprika the Dragon – Tatted by Claire in Lizbeth Blue River Glades,
size 20.
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Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

#23 – Pumpkin Earrings * #22 – Meandering Path * #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

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Weekly challenge sneak peek!

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I am writing up the pattern for this cross in the morning. I promise it is worth it.
Davina-Marie

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