Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Oops, What Challenge?

I started this blog way back when to participate in the 25 Motif Challenge.  The idea of the challenge was to encourage people to keep actively tatting and show 25 pieces of tatting made within a year.  After my first few times, I started assigning myself extra guidelines to make it more interesting though that has also made me more likely to miss the year's deadline when I got sidetracked.

My current personal challenge is to make motifs from vintage publications.  I got off to a good start, and then got distracted, as usual.  I'll have to go back and count motifs to see where I stand.

But anyway, I remembered to make a few, misplace them, and find them again.

These are from Priscilla Tatting Book No. 2, from 1915, one of my favorites.  These particular motifs are from a table cloth with many motifs around panels of linen.  This book is available for free download from the Antique Pattern Library, or for sale from Dover Publications under the name "Tatting Patterns by Julia Sanders."  You can also download from Georgia's Archive of Public Domain Tatting Books, but her version is a later edition which is much shorter.

So what am I up to lately?  Not a whole lot of tatting.  I've been seized with designer's block, so I've made lots of little false starts, cut them off and threw them away.  I've diverted lots of time into a foray into vegetable gardening.  I planted seeds! They came up!  Nothing will be ready to eat for a long time.  The ensuing combination of hope and patience will surely be character building.


  1. I love the motifs and when all is said and done the antiques are my favorites. I to have been doing other things and slowed down on the tatting but it is not for gotten :(

  2. That book really opened my eyes to the possibilities of tatting, but I haven't used it for a long time. Good idea to revisit it.

  3. Your motifs look wonderful!!! :)

  4. The motifs look great! I kind of wish I wasn't working on two large projects right now. Small ones are so much more do-able and give a sense of accomplishment much more quickly.

  5. Very nice! I always forget about the 25 motif challenge, but it served as my entree to the tatting blog world as well...all hail the 25 Motif Challenge, and long may we all meet that hallowed goal!

  6. Two lovely motifs, nice to see the old patterns being tatted