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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #44 – Painted Lady Butterfly

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a tatting related challenge (usually in the form of a free tatting pattern link) and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  When a pattern link is provided, we will also 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. So submit your completed work whether it be from challenge #1, 29, or the current challenge. All submissions will be posted in the next week’s challenge.

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” (or post it in the comments) 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 #44 – Painted Lady Butterfly (No Beads)

This week’s pattern is by the talented Jane Eborall. It is her beautiful painted lady butterfly.

This pattern will give you some practice with split rings and I really like how the crocheted antennae look.

Pattern: http://janeeborall.freeservers.com/ButterflyNoBeads.pdf

Painted Lady Butterfly designed by Jane Eborall. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Painted Lady Butterfly designed by Jane Eborall. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

This butterfly is lots of fun! Enjoy!

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 #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Butterfly on marigold tatted by Stephanie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Butterfly on marigold tatted by Stephanie.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Butterfly on marigold tatted by Stephanie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Butterfly on marigold tatted by Stephanie.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Butterfly on marigold tatted by Stephanie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Butterfly on marigold tatted by Stephanie.

 

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Painted Lady Butterflies

[Your Butterfly Will Go Here]

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

#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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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a tatting related challenge (usually in the form of a free tatting pattern link) and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  When a pattern link is provided, we will also 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. So submit your completed work whether it be from challenge #1, 29, or the current challenge. All submissions will be posted in the next week’s challenge.

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” (or post it in the comments) 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 #43 – GR-8 Butterfly

Gary and Randy, known as the Shuttle Brothers, make some pretty amazing shuttles, several great books, and some fun free patterns available on their webpage. Check out their site!

Today’s pattern is a butterfly that only takes one shuttle. In addition to basic techniques, this butterfly will give you practice with both finger tatting and the self closing mock ring [SCMR]. Mary helped the guild work through this pattern at our meeting earlier this month.

Pattern: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/gr8butterfly.jpg

GR-8 Butterfly designed by Gary and Randy Houtz. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth, Rainbow Splash, size 20.

GR-8 Butterfly designed by Gary and Randy Houtz. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth, Rainbow Splash, size 20.

I had a lot of fun tatting this butterfly and I hope you have fun tatting yours!

You can find Gary and Randy at the following location:

Website: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/

 

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 - Patti's Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color:  volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton 'Blendables' in a red/white/blue mix for Mom's.  Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 – Patti’s Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color: volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton ‘Blendables’ in a red/white/blue mix for Mom’s. Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

 

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Tatted by Patty Markley

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Tatted by Patty Markley

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Tatted by Michele

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Tatted by Michele

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Tatted by Sherry Burgess

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Tatted by Sherry Burgess

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted GR-8 Butterflies

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

#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

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #42 – Who and What Has Inspired You

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a tatting related challenge (usually in the form of a free tatting pattern link) and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  When a pattern link is provide, we will also 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. So submit your completed work whether it be from challenge #1, 29, or the current challenge. All submissions will be posted in the next week’s challenge.

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” (or post it in the comments) 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 #42 – Who & What Has Inspired You

I don’t have a new pattern for you this week. As you could probably guess by my absence, life has been a little busy (sewer pipe collapse, death of my cat, gaining two new kitties, job changes,… busy). During all this time, I have been tatting – just been working on things from published patterns or creating things I need to write down. As such, your challenge for today isn’t a new pattern.

You see, today I received an email from a friend that said I was a tatting inspiration and that got me thinking…

This week’s challenge is for everyone to reflect and share about their tatting inspirations.

Who or what inspires you to tat? Another tatter? A relative? A pattern?

What has sparked the creativity for you in tatting?

Has someone or something inspired you to tackle a tatting project that you might not have otherwise attempted?

I want to hear your stories. Please leave them in the comment section or email them to us. I look forward to sharing your stories (pictures to go with the story are encouraged, but not required) and will collect them to include with next week’s post (I have something in mind – so it won’t be months between challenges – sorry about that!)

In progress shot of a pegasus from Martha Ess' book, Flights of Fantasy (with slightly modified ear and tail).

In progress shot of a pegasus from Martha Ess’ book, Flights of Fantasy (with slightly modified ear and tail) and my cat, Klaus.

 

My challenge response:

I have been inspired by my friend (and tatting mentor), Donna. She taught me to tat and opened my eyes to the wonderful beauty of miniature knots. Some of the first patterns I tackled came from Patti Duff’s Minitats: A Collection of 69 Petite Motifs book and she taught me something new about the magic thread trick at the free tatting class earlier today. Anne B’s dragon pattern is what hooked me on tatting. Armed with just the very basics, I searched the internet for tatting patterns and her dragon was one of the first that I found. It sent me bugging my mentor about different techniques and spurred on my progress. I’m sure Donna heard the phrase, “Do I know enough to tat the dragon, yet?” more times than she needed to. My co-blogger, Davina, is also a talented bead maker and her beads have inspired a few of my creations. The Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild has been a great source of inspiration for me as I have been amazed by the tatting these wonderful ladies can do. Every pattern author we have featured has inspired me and it has been a joy to tat their work. In addition to tatters, I have also been inspired by flowers, sea creatures, and DNA strands. You never really know where inspiration might strike next!

In fact, I’m looking forward to being inspired by your responses and I hope you will be inspired by each other and the Spotlight Features over this next week!

Happy tatting!

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 - Patti's Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color:  volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton 'Blendables' in a red/white/blue mix for Mom's.  Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 – Patti’s Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color: volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton ‘Blendables’ in a red/white/blue mix for Mom’s. Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Inspirations

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

#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

A Touch of Victorian Charm – Theme Contest

The 19th Annual Shuttlebirds Workshop will be held April 17th and 18th of 2015 in Spokane, Washington.

The theme for the workshop is “A Touch of Victorian Charm”.

There are 290 days left before the deadline for entry into the theme contest (283 if you are entering by mail).

You can compete against these talented tatters working hard on their entries:

frilka – I can’t wait to see what you tat up! I’m especially excited because you’ve decided to do something for the steampunk category!

{Your name could be here too! Just comment below that you plan on entering the contest and I will cheer you on each month!}

Contest Information

Theme:

Victorian Charm

Categories:

A. Edgings
B. Collar and/or Cuffs
C. Jabot
D. Other Clothing Trim
E. Wrist Bag
F. Steampunk
(one or two additional categories may be added at a later date)
 

Can I Enter?

Yes! This contest is open to tatters everywhere. Attendance at the workshop is not required.

How Many Entries May I Submit?

There is a limit of two entries per category (12 entries at the moment – more, if additional categories are added).

What Can I Enter?

Entries may be from a published pattern, an adaptation of a pattern, or original design.

Entries from a published pattern must list the source of the pattern.

Adaptation entries must include a picture of the original pattern for comparison.

Creativity is definitely encouraged!

How Do I Enter?

Each entry must be submitted with a completed entry form (I will let you know when entry forms are available) and received by noon, Friday, April 17, 2015 for those attending the workshop.

Entries submitted by mail must be received by Friday, April 10, 2015. Please include a completed entry form for each entry, a return label address, and sufficient postage for returning your entry after workshop (if you plan to attend the workshop on Saturday, return postage is not necessary).

Please mail entries to:

Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild
Attn: Theme Contest
PO Box 2622
Spokane, WA 99220
USA

Or you can send your entry with someone you know that plans to be at the workshop before noon on Friday, April 17th.

How Is The Winner Determined?

There will be one winner per category.

Judging will be by popular vote of the workshop attendees, with one vote per person per category.

When Do I Find Out If I Won?

Winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015, at the workshop. Winners will then be announced online within 48 hours of the end of workshop.

How Do I Get My Prize?

Winners attending the workshop will be awarded prizes after winners are announced.

Winners who submitted by mail will receive their prizes when their tatted entries are returned to them.

What Do I Win?

That, my friend, is a secret that will be revealed Friday, April 18, 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Pick a category, grab your shuttle, and get tatting!

I would love to see your tatting! There are so many lovely things that can be made. Please consider sending in your amazing tatting so that we can all oooo and ahhhhh over it next April!

Start planning your entries now.

Make sure you follow our blog so that you don’t miss the monthly reminders about this contest. If you comment below that you plan on participating in this contest, I will make sure to cheer you on by name in each contest reminder. I want to see your “touch of Victorian charm” on display in April!

~Natalie

A Touch of Victorian Charm – Theme Contest

As many of you may know, the 19th Annual Shuttlebirds Workshop will be held April 17th and 18th of 2015.

The theme for the workshop is “A Touch of Victorian Charm”.

It is also the theme for the contest.

Theme:

Victorian Charm

Categories:

A. Edgings
B. Collar and/or Cuffs
C. Jabot
D. Other Clothing Trim
E. Wrist Bag
F. Steampunk
(one or two additional categories may be added at a later date)
 

Can I Enter?

Yes! This contest is open to tatters everywhere. Attendance at the workshop is not required.

How Many Entries May I Submit?

There is a limit of two entries per category (12 entries at the moment – more, if additional categories are added).

What Can I Enter?

Entries may be from a published pattern, an adaptation of a pattern, or original design.

Entries from a published pattern must list the source of the pattern.

Adaptation entries must include a picture of the original pattern for comparison.

Creativity is definitely encouraged!

How Do I Enter?

Each entry must be submitted with a completed entry form (I will let you know when entry forms are available) and received by noon, Friday, April 17, 2015 for those attending the workshop.

Entries submitted by mail must be received by Friday, April 10, 2015. Please include a completed entry form for each entry, a return label address, and sufficient postage for returning your entry after workshop (if you plan to attend the workshop on Saturday, return postage is not necessary).

Please mail entries to:

Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild
Attn: Theme Contest
PO Box 2622
Spokane, WA 99220
USA

Or you can send your entry with someone you know that plans to be at the workshop before noon on Friday, April 17th.

How Is The Winner Determined?

There will be one winner per category.

Judging will be by popular vote of the workshop attendees, with one vote per person per category.

When Do I Find Out If I Won?

Winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015, at the workshop. Winners will then be announced online within 48 hours of the end of workshop.

How Do I Get My Prize?

Winners attending the workshop will be awarded prizes after winners are announced.

Winners who submitted by mail will receive their prizes when their tatted entries are returned to them.

What Do I Win?

That, my friend, is a secret that will be revealed Friday, April 18, 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Pick a category, grab your shuttle, and get tatting!

I would love to see your tatting! There are so many lovely things that can be made. Please consider sending in your amazing tatting so that we can all oooo and ahhhhh over it next April!

Start planning your entries now.

Make sure you follow our blog so that you don’t miss the monthly reminders about this contest. If you comment below that you plan on participating in this contest, I will make sure to cheer you on by name in each contest reminder. I want to see your “touch of Victorian charm” on display in April!

~Natalie

Drive-By Wednesday Challenge #41

This is just a quick challenge, I didn’t want another week to go by without one but since it took me till 15 minutes ago to realize why I couldn’t get my pics transferred I don’t have time for something long.
I started this before workshop, to mark my scissors but it just didn’t get done in time. But from now on, no one will be touching my good scissors, or they lose a finger (Evil Laugh escaping)
The pattern is by Kathy Lowe and includes instructions for 5 & 7 character names. Since Davina is only 6 letters, I added a heart to the end. The beads can be purchased in the kids craft department at just about any store. Make sure you use the smaller beads or they won’t fit.
I used an old cell phone clip that I modified to attach the piece to my scissors. I also edited some of the rings and added a tassel because I love tassels.
The pattern can be found here NamePlate
And as always, we wanna see what you make! Even if it is from one of our first challenges, we want to see it so we can show everyone else.

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Wednesday’s Challenge #40: Patti’s Lanyard and More

Lanyard by Davina-Marie

We are in the home stretch for Workshop prep so this Challenge has a working kind of theme, this week, we are working on a name tag lanyard. This pattern is special to me cause it is the first thing I ever shuttle tatted. It was my first Guild meeting and Lois showed me how to do the elusive “flip” maneuver and sent me on my way. it is a perfect purse project because all the thread and beads are on the shuttle and if your shuttle has a hook, it is an all in one piece. You will need a large shuttle to hold all the beads and thread, I prefer the Tatsy. I have modified mine to include a hook before I decorated it. As it gets longer, I use a diaper pin to keep the length under control.

Each Lanyard takes about 300 size 6 beads and 25-30 yards of size 20 tatting cotton. I made mine with a mixture of pink beads and Lizbeth 20, 621 Dusty Rose.

This pattern is written by ShuttleBirds’ President, Patti Duff. She doesn’t have a web site but you can reach her thru the Shuttlebird Tatting Guild. We thank her for letting us use her pattern here. You can download the PDF file   Beaded Lanyard.

Lariat1 Lariat2

The two chatelaines to the left are variations of this pattern and are part of the scholarship raffle at workshop. They are made from Lizbeth 20; 139, Fruit Fizz and 184, Rainbow Splash.

You can be part of our raffle by contacting Natalie or myself for ticket information.

We hope you enjoy making yourself a lanyard  and for all of you guild members who made theirs last year, send in a picture so we can add you to the gallery.

May your shuttles be filed and your knots be merry,

Davina-Marie

 

Extra Bonus: English Lesson

chat·e·laine

[shat-l-eyn; French shahtuhlen]

noun, plural chat·e·laines [shat-l-eynz; French shahtuhlen]

1. the mistress of a castle.
2. the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household.
3. a hooklike clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women.
4. a woman’s lapel ornament resembling this.

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