Tuesday, 3 April 2018

April 3rd

Well between us - Martha forgetting an attachment and me not noticing when she had we've finally got her mermaid into the TIAS blog!!!
115. "Oops, I kept forgetting about the mermaid."

Next to arrive is Grace.  Somehow I didn't get her earlier messages but thankfully she realised and has sent them in now.  She's sent days 13, 14 and 15.

Monday, 2 April 2018

April 2nd

Today I'm pleased to welcome Claire's mermaid along with this comment from her:

113. "Hello Jane and fellow tatters, 
I am sad to see the end of this TIAS, and I tried to make it last as long as possible but here is my finished mermaid. 
I forgot to take a picture of my day 14, so here is only one picture of the finished TIAS, and the corresponding blog post: https://oclairedelune.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/tias-2018-jours-days-14-15-la-fin-the-end/
My mermaid was made using Lizbeth thread in size 20, in the colorway « Autumn Apple Pie » (#169). 
A big thank you to Jane for creating another great pattern, and sharing it as a fun game every year. It was great to see tatters from all over the world participating to the game, and creating so many beautiful little mermaids. 
Happy International Tatting Day to all."

Well here's another lovely surprise. This mermaid has come from Sandra who has this to say:
114. "Dear Jane, after many things hitting the fan here, I have finally been able to spend some time tatting and finish on April Fool’s Day (in the US, at least) – go figure! I’m so happy to have your precious mermaid, even though I thought for sure it might be a centipede, a pin the tail on the donkey game, or an ant eater, or a fox sawing logs –whew!! I do believe she is on her way to a party."

Friday, 23 March 2018

March 23rd

Well a lovely surprise yet again. This time the mermaid comes from Brenda in Canada and this is what she says:

112. "Dear Jane,
This mermaid was created by a group of friends. Thanks to Fran for the photo, Suzanne for mounting the mermaid on blue material and framing it, Barbara for the yellow perle cotton and especially to you for the T.I.A.S. pattern. I just did the tatting. It was a wonderful project for our craft group.
Thank you,
Brenda (Ontario, Canada)"

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March 15th

Another day, another mermaid or two or three!!! 

Today I have Phyllis's mermaid which has just arrived. She says:
112. "Well my mermaid took the long way to you as it has been swimming across the pond. Thanks for another wonderful TIAS this year. Perhaps BC3 will change its mind and do another next year. Phyllis in GA USA"

Next to arrive is a merman!!! This is from Isdihara who sent in two messages!!! What a hoot:
113. "This is my first TIAS a Merman. I think his name must be Herman the Merman since Google keeps autocorrecting my typing, LOL."
Her second message is:
"OMG, now it must be Herman the German Merman-- you must be SO confused! So many autocorrecting. Go home, Google, you're drunk!"
Ummm, that's worrying a drunken google!!!

Back overnight is Isdihara again with the following two pictures and this comment:
"My very purple mermaid #1 is finished. She has big, brown eyes and her name is Serena. She is friends with Herman.
Serena is tatted with Lizbeth 20 #165 Grape Splash. Strands of Elderberry Jam #177, Lilac Medium #642 and a variegated brown sewing thread make up her hair.
Karen/IsDihara from Woodbridge, VA, USA"

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

March 13th

Today I'm happy to show you Alicja's mermaid. This one has had a long way to come - from Poland. This is the comment that came with it.

111. "Hello Jane,I know, it's late. Now I finished the mermaid. I'm late, but happy. Thank you for the fun!
I used DMC Babylo thread.
Alicja Wolska"
WOW, Alicja - those colours are amazing.  

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday 11th March

Another two mermaids (or, rather three!) have wandered or swum into my inbox today. 

First of all I have Fiona's days 14 and then the finished (day 15) mermaid. She says:
109. "Dear Jane
Well, I finally got back to this lovely girl and finished off her tail and tresses. 
Thanks for the fun this year, and for your hard work and efforts too. Seeing this build each year to include translations into different languages and unite tatters all over the world has been a privilege. Your support for beginner and experienced tatters alike is commendable. 
Thanks for continuing to be such a pivotal part of the online tatting community!
Kind regards
Fiona T 
Thanks for the kind words, Fiona.

Now I have two mermaids from Barbara. I love the golden hair, Barbara.
Here's what she has to say:
110. "Dear Jane,
Here, finally, are my two mermaids. I’ve really enjoyed participating in this year’s TIAS. 
The mermaid on the left was tatted with size 20 Lizbeth Green Coral Sea #171. I used size 80 Lizbeth Cream tatting thread for the hair with a couple of thin gold metallic threads mixed in. 
The mermaid on the right was made with size 20 Lizbeth Island Breeze #130. I used “Glamour” in gold by Madeira (that I’ve had for a long time) for the hair. I gave her some fringe (bangs in American English) because she had such a high forehead ;-)
I used size 11/0 seed beads by Toho for eyes.
Thank you for all the time and energy you’ve put providing fun TIAS’ for us to tat. 
Many blessings!
Barbara from Northern California, USA"

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Tuesday 6th March

This morning I have one more mermaid in my inbox and this has come from Cheryl who says:

109. "I had seen Bev of south Australia's wonderful idea of making a pretty ocean for her mermaid. 
I painted a ceramic tile with alcohol ink and then made her cute starfish and fish. Getting it glued
to a ceramic tile is fiddly and takes lots of patience."
But well, well worth the effort, Cheryl.