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Wednesday Weekly Challenge #39

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 #39 Flowery Bookmark with Self-Closing Mock Rings by Jane Eborall

I joined a shuttle exchange with one of the Facebook groups I am in and part of the agreement is that we send out a bookmark with each shuttle. I wanted each package to have the same bookmark but each one had to coordinate with the shuttles I decorated. After looking all over, I found myself back in the familiar territory that is Jane Eborall’s blog. Since I have not dome much with SCMR and wanted a challenge I decided on this flowery creation.
I will be upfront with yo’all, the first one was a challenge, mostly my own doing. When I am working a new pattern, I find myself trying to anticipate the next stitches anyhow everything is going to work out. This is probably because I rarely follow a pattern 100%’ I always want my own spin on what I am making. I suggest with this pattern, just trust in Jane and her tatty wisdom and it will all work out. Don’t let your brain make it hard than it has to be.
Notice in my picture, none of my bookmarks have tails. I will be adding my special touch instead once they are all done.
Enjoy and read on.
Pattern: Flowery Bookmark with Self-Closing Mock Rings

Weekly Challenge #39 Flowery Bookmark with Self-Closing Mock Rings by Jane Eborall.

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/

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Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.
I love seeing what everyone tats! I hope to see your beautiful work next week!
Reader Submitted Bookmarks
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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!
– Davina-Marie
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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 Challenge #30 Beaded Christmas Wreath

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Weekly Challenge #30 Beaded Christmas Wreath

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.

I am still in the Christmas Rush. I would like to send out a tatted piece with each Christmas card I send this year. That is ALLOT of tatting. I decided to go with a pattern from “Tatting With Visual Patterns” by Mary Konoir. I included a picture down below. In her book, she calls this pattern “Posy” and it does not included the beaded accents. I started replacing picots with different beads and different counts to get different results. That is how I came up with this weeks challenge. This is a two part challenge. Part one, make the wreath I designed to show how bead placement works. Part two, add beads to a boring old motif to make it Fabulous!

There are 3 basic bead uses in tatting (least that I know about) Bead either sits on the tatting, in the tatting, or is placed on the picot as it is being joined, placing the bead between the tatting. I made the following wreath motif to include each method. Hopefully, by the time your done, you will feel more confident then when you started.

To make the bead sit on top of the tatting, the beads must be on the thread around your last hand. When stringing beads, this means the beads need to be strung based on where they are being used. If they are being used on a chain, they need to be strung on the ball thread. If they are being used on a ring, they need to be strung on the shuttle thread. When making a ring, slide the proper amount of beads down the thread so they are included on the thread around the hand. When needed, just slide the proper bead count into place and treat as a picot. I used this with the light gold beads on the rings in the pattern.

To make the beads sit inline with the tatting, the beads need to be placed on the shuttle thread until slid into place. Keep the beads wound on the shuttle till needed, slide down bead, the DS on the other side. I used this technique on the putter chains of this pattern. This method can make chains longer and rings bigger so you might have to lower stitch counts if you use it extensively.

Finally, the easiest way to add beads to a piece is to add them to picots, because since they are added as you go, they don’t need to be prestrung. Picots must be at least twice as long as the bead is tall so a join can be made. Depending on th size of the bead, a size 12 or 14 crochet hook is needed. Note: adding a bead to a picot will add a definite space between the tatting being joined so can cause very obvious changes in how a pattern looks when finished.

Now that you have decided how you want to use the beads, you need to decide on the order to string them on the thread. All beads strung need to be strung in the opposite order of use. The first bead on is the last bead off. To through your pattern and write down the beads in the order of use then simple string them backwards. For this pattern, you want to string the beads for the chains first, the the rings. The pattern is CCCBBB x7. You will end up with 42 beads, all on the shuttle thread. I used size 11 beads for B & C, and E-beads for the JBs. Now lets start the pattern.

C = Chain Bead
B = Ring Bead
LP= Long Picot
JB= Bead Join

Each ring starts with 3 beads on the thread around the left hand.

Start
Ring 1= 5 B 3 LP 5 B 5 LP 3 B 5
Chain 1= 3 LP 5 C 5 C 5 C 5 LP 3
*Ring 2-6 = 5 B 3 JB 5 B 5 LP 3 B 5
Chain 2-6 = 3 JB 5 C 5 C 5 C 5 LP 3 *
Ring 7 = 5 B 3 JB 5 B 5 JB 3 B 5
Chain 7 = 3 JB 5 C 5 C 5 C 5 JB 3
Cut, tie, and hide your ends.

Hope you enjoy adding beads to your next tatting pattern. They not only add sparkle, they are a great way to make a popular pattern yours.

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:

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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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