Welcome to the 5th and final One World One Heart Global Tour! Click here to learn more.
"One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way. Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home........going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world. It's really that easy."
Last year was my first year to participate and this year will be my last since it is the final event. I love finding new creative blogs and the people who write them. I love mostly needlearts but have tried all kinds of creativity. Painting is about even with my passion for tatting lace. I also do a little bobbin lace, some needle lace, and Romanian Point Lace. Before I was lured into the tatting web, I loved to crochet with thread, largely because of its lacy effect. I also knitted and quilted but most of those have taken a back seat to tatting.
Tatting is NOT a dying art, btw! There are nearly 200 links in my right hand bloglist, all tatters. The links on my left hand bloglist are other creative people, some that I met in former OWOH events, some that I found through other people's blogs, and some I came across in google searches for a specific craft. Tatters number way more than the list at the right but those are the ones with blogs and no doubt, I'm missing a few. If you've been interested in learning tatting, check out some of the resources, also in the right hand side bar, particularly the link to Georgia Seitz. Georgia has hosted the FREE online tatting class for 11 years now. There are ongoing beginner's classes for both shuttle and needle tatting. There are years worth of classes, instructions, class logs, and patterns. It's heaven for the new tatter, but I warn you, it's ADDICTIVE!
I belong to a local lace guild, Lafayette Lacers, which is chartered by I.O.L.I. (International Old Lacers Inc.) Our overall goal is to pass forward the craft of lacing, teaching and demonstrating in the process. I've taught locally and in other states, even in Canada. I've also traveled and met other tatters around the nation and in Ireland and Australia. I'm currently working on the Masters phase of a tatting proficiency course and hope to finish soon. I think if you'll explore my blog as well as the links in my sidebar, you'll see that tatting ain't like yer grandma's doilies anymore!
I'm offering three prizes this year. You must be a blogger to participate. All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of THIS post. I MUST be able to contact you from your comment. Either leave your email within the comment or make sure your email is available from your blogger profile. If I cannot find a valid means of contact when I'm approving the comment, I will delete it. The event ends on February 17th and I will announce prize winners on the 18th and email the winners that same day for mailing addresses.
I'll be using the online random number generator. You can state a preference for your prize if you wish, but truly, only the 1st number picked will get their choice. After that, if it happens that the prize is still available for the 2nd number generated, I'll honor it but beyond that, you'll have to trust me to choose.
Most of my prizes are tatted. If you're wondering what to do with them, they're great embellishments for clothing or scrapbooking or crazy quilting. If you're into any kind of altered art or mixed media, they'll work there too. Nice also for card inserts or cardmaking. I've scanned them with a US dime, our smallest coin, so you can get an idea of the scale of the pieces.
This is a collection of hearts and butterflies. You never know, I might throw in a few more teensy tats before it's over.
The winner of the tatted hearts and butterflies is Gayle-Page Robak of Canada. Gayle works with mixed media and digital art. You can view her blog here!
If you're into fantasy, you might enjoy this dragon and the seahorses. Two of the seahorses were hand dyed by me. Some day I'd like to make a collage of Tatted Fantasy Creatures and dye them according to a specific color theme.
The next winner is Rebecca of Rebecca's Rainbow Kisses. Rebecca is from Massachusetts and is the mother of 4, including a set of triplets. I have a cousin with triplets and know how much work that is! Rebecca also makes wonderful clay art dolls and beautiful jewelry, among other things.
This prize is a pair of luscious tropical lemon-lime earrings and a bobbin lace bookworm bookmark.
The final winner is Calej from the Philippines. Calej expresses her art through many different avenuse. You can see them at Calej d'Art.
Most small tatted items, like the butterflies, can be completed in 1-3 hours. Anything over a inch or two will take longer. The tatted edging I made for my daughter-in-law's wedding hanky took me over 20 hours to complete. A doily that I made for my guild's event took 12-15 hours. Most bookmarks average 3-4 hours. If they are intricate or with a fine thread, they can take three times as long as that. I tatted a simple edging for a 6 inch pillow last week and it took me two evenings. Part of that time was sewing it on and I didn't tat the entire evening either time but I'm sure it took at least 3 hours for the tatting part. I also spent time test tatting three threads to see which color/size would work best so there was some time lost there too. You can only imagine how long a table runner or collar would take. That's why you rarely see a tatted tablecloth!
S0...good luck to everyone. If you have questions, feel free to email me.