Thursday, March 10, 2016

4 motifs to start the 25 Motif Challenge

I seem to be in the mood for challenges lately. I've been battling severe asthma for over a month and now have bronchitis. Sitting and tatting is one of the few things I really feel like doing. It is restful and productive at the same time--a wonderful combination.

Sharon's 25 Motif Challenge is one of my favorite blogs to follow. It helps me find the blogs and webpages of other tatters. Of course, I want to follow all of you! It has been years since I participated  in the challenge myself, but this seemed like a great year to jump back in.

My first 3 motifs for the 25 Motif Challenge are also my first 3 motifs in the Craftree challenge to tat all of the snowflakes in Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting this year. I'm using white DMC Cecelia size 30. These are December 3, 4, and 5. Since the challenge started at the first of the year, most of the participants are working on December 5 or December 6. I decided to start with the #5 snowflake as that is the one I'd have been working on in the first half of March if I was on target. Then I started working backward to catch up as I have time. I'll get December 1 and 2 done as I get time, but I'll keep moving forward through the rest of the book on schedule. At least, that's the plan.

Lastly, I want to share another Ice Cream Cone as an example of working a mistake into the design. When I went to join the third ring of the outer round to the center square, I joined to the wrong picot. Rather than take out that ring, I just increased the number of rings and chains and made sure the 2nd side mirrored the first. Most likely only another tatter would notice that it differs from the original design. The pink thread is a Manuela size 20 I had on hand and the cone is more of the Altin Basak size 50.


muskaan said...

Lovely tatting ! Hope you feel better soon.
I joined the challenge in Feb & have only completed 1st & 2nd Day snowflakes. I'm playing catch up :-)
I think your mistake has made the ice-cream even more yummy - looks like a thick dense swirl/scoop !

God's Kid said...

Love your snowflakes!!! :)
I think joining a challenge helps keep me from letting the tatting sit too long without any progress.
Another great ice cream cone!! :)

Madtatter80 said...

Fun to see your flakes and very smart challenge to do! lot ice-cream too this looks richer even more delicious!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

The snowflake on the top left is my favorite!

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thanks, all. I really like that one, too, Diane. It was not as easy to tat as I thought it would be. Picots of the previous round kept getting in the way.

Bernice said...

Great flakes, I love Lene's patterns, BTW all your cones have made me hungry. Can't wait for summer.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

These are calorie free and allergen friendly, too, Bernice. :)