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Saturday, 3 January 2015

New Year, Old Tatting,

This is what I am currently working on (posted earlier on my FB),  a Jan Stawasz doily from one of his books. I thought I can finish it by the new year and show you the completed piece, but other things got into my plans. The pic below is as it was at the penultimate round.


I have progressed a bit since then and started on the final round. This final round sort of ties up the loose motifs of the previous round.


What I am worried about now is the amount of thread left in the ball and the shuttle.  I think (hope) there is enough so that I don't have to buy a new ball just to finish a few repeats.  We'll see how it goes.

And, as for the new year .....

I could not say that it was a happy one for 2014.  So many things has happened that affected the nation, with the loss of two airplanes (one shot down and one still missing) in a space of a few months.  There were also the natural disasters - landslides in the highlands and flooding in several states.  Several areas are still innundated at the time of this post, while the water has receeded in other parts.  It is a long road to recovery and that will be a major part of 2015.

So will it be a Happy New Year 2015?

Well, why not!  There is no knowing what 2015 holds.  They say, good things come out from calamities.  People grew closer and differences can disappear, if everyone try their damnedest. I still have faith in people.

The giveaway below has ended.

Enough of the ramblings ....If you reach this far, this is the first good news of 2015.

I feel like celebrating this new year with a "blind" giveaway.  Yes, "blind".  That means, you won't know what I will be giving away.  Well, I don't even know what I will be giving away (not yet anyway)!


So, if you have faith in me, and want to try your luck, leave a comment and your name will be included in the draw. Closing date is 7th January and I will pick a name at random soon after that.

40 comments:

  1. I do admire your optimism! I am a grumpier sort with not much faith in the human race - maybe that is why I like animals so much! But I do have faith in your tatting and in your ability to inspire others through your words and your stitches. So, maybe I am cheerier than I thought! The draw sounds interesting! Also, I am almost at the repeat element stage of that doily. I also am using #60 white and have been keeping an eye on yours. See - inspiring! Fox : ))

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  2. Your doily is beautiful. And if you have to buy another ball of thread to finish it off, just think of all the projects you could do with the rest of the ball. I'm sure whatever you decide to give away will be beautiful.

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  3. I hope a happy 2015 for you and yours! While I would love to enter your giveaway, I just won one, so let someone else win please!

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  4. I hop there will be a happy 2015 for you and yours. The doily is gorgeous. While I would love to win, I just did for any ther giveaway so please don't includes me.

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  5. Sounds like a fun way to start the new year. Please count me in and I hope to see more blog posts this year. I always enjoy them.

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  6. I have been away from tatting for a very long time... but as I am beginning again, I came to visit the tatting bloggers! Yours was the first I visited.... and I did not intent to leave a comment. But your words: "if you have faith in me... leave a comment." IF I have faith in YOU??? Of all the people I know, you deserve the most faith/loyalty! Your tatting is amazing... your creativity is unlimited... and your personality makes reading about your tatting adventures so much fun!
    Enjoy all your teaching opportunities... treat yourself kindly, and look forward to much joy and pleasure in the strangers you meet and the friends in your life! 2015 WILL be a good year!

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  7. Oooh that sounds fun a blind giveaway. Here's hoping you and your country have a much, much better 2015. So sad over the missing plane. I hope that the mystery is solved one day.

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  8. Happy New Year. I do hope that 2015 is good for you and your nation.

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  9. Happy new year! I hope will be agreat year for you! I'm in this "blind" giveaway.

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  10. This is going to be a gorgeous doily, can't wait for the finished picture. Oh I love surprises so please drop my name into the drawing.

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  11. Yes, my beloved land of birth has had more than it's share of challenges, hasn't it? - but as they always say, it is how we meet the challenges that defines us. I hope 2015 will be a good year for all of us, and I would love to enter your giveaway.

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  12. Your doily looks wonderful. Sometimes setting goals just add to my frustration of completing a project. I think I prefer not working with self-imposed deadlines. Hopefully, 2015 will bring better news. At least that's what we can all strive for!

    I'm intrigued by your giveaway, and I would love to be entered!

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  13. Your doily is looking beautiful, hopefully you have enough to finish it.
    Yes 2014 was a bad year and your country suffered a lot.
    For me personally I could not wait to see the back 2014, it was a very bad year too.
    I wish you and your family a very happy new year and hope 2015 is a better year for us all.
    I would love to enter your giveaway please
    Margaret

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  14. Here's to a happy, healthy new year! And a blind giveaway is an expression of faith for sure!

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  15. I am just returning to tatting. Your blog is an inspiration for me. Your work and your optimism is contagious. I hope you and yours have a great 2015. I would love to be entered in your "blind" giveaway, would really like to have some of your beautiful work.

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  16. Congrats on starting the last round of this amazing doily. Hopefully you will have enough thread...
    Happy new Year to you and your family too, as well as to all our fellow tatters.
    Please add my name to your "blind" giveaway. It sounds like a fun way to start the year.

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  17. What a nice way to begin the new year! An unknown that has already put a smile on our faces; thank you!

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  18. 2014 has been a great year for me as I discovered your blog and bought two of your books. I am sure 2015 will be a good year for all of us. I like the idea of a blind giveaway...

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  19. Please enter me in your giveaway. Not knowing what it is makes it even more of an exciting surprise. :-) The doily is looking marvelous. I hope you have enough thread to finish without buying more. (If you DO have to buy more, think about all the lovely bookmarks and other projects you can make with the thread left on the ball after the doily is finished!)

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  20. As we say in french,après la pluie, le beau temps. So 2015 will be beautiful for you. Your doily is sooooo beautiful!
    Please include me in your give away.

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  21. zdrowia szczęścia i radości w 2015

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  22. Here's to a great 2015 for us all! Last year was hard for my family so it wouldn't take much to be a better year.

    Love your blog & patterns. Please include me in drawing.

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  23. Sign me up :) Your doily is another wonderful piece of work from you I love this doily and may be some day I will try this one too.
    Have a great New Year from Carollyn!

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  24. happy and healthy new year to you and yours! I so enjoy your blog and your creative patterns. I have one of you books which I love. so exciting to see what the blind prize will be! blessings, kari

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  25. You are doing a great work with this doily!
    A surprise giveaway... I'm in ^_^
    Happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Happy New Year! I so look forward to seeing your tatting and especially your snowflake patterns. They are so imaginative and I always learn something new when tatting your snowflakes. Thank you so much.

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  27. Popped in to pass on the link for your report on Mystery Doily, and I had to catch up while I'm here. You make good points about the difficult circumstances in 2014. I'm praying for and expecting a fantastic 2015! I do not vote for more of the same from 2014. Boo.

    Thanks for giveaway too.

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  28. I just adore your tatting skills . I hope I'm the one who will get this giveaway and it contains at-least one motif you tatted.

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  29. Congrats on your tatting - your Stawasz-doily will be great!
    I still hope you will sell your Tatting Gems as a pdf again :-)

    And THANKS for a new give away! I'd like to take part ;-)

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  30. That doily is really something! It's just stunning. I'm hoping for a good year too, and your post is definitely making it go off to a good start. :-)
    --Happy-Kat

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  31. Waving hello from a cold and wet Scotland, quite jealous of your heat at the moment. Hope your 2015 is wonderful

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  32. Sounds like fun to kick off the new year. Count me in.

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  33. Have a very happy 2015, Jon! For me, it has been an annus horribilis,as well, but nothing compared to losing someone in a plane crash. Nobody deserves that!
    Only tatting and tatters have put a smile on my face,last year,thank you all!!

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  34. Please include me -- you're an inspiration so what ever you've decided to gift someone with will be certain to be inspirational, as well.

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  35. Beautiful work you do! Such a small world to have a tatter that I follow and learn from, and at the same time all those awful things going on on the news. This year will be better for sure. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  36. Terrific fun...it's lovely to see your work and fun to have a give away to try for...and fun to see what the winner gets down the road a bit when you post pictures :-) I have enjoyed, very much, tatting your "elegant gems" by the way!!!

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  37. Happy 2015 Jon--I hope you have many many happy tatting moments this year!!! Thank you for being so generous--this giveaway is EXCITING!!!

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  38. Dear Jon,
    I have just started with tatting and yesterday I discovered your blog. I must say I am blown away!!! Such a stunning work! Simply breathtaking!!! I hope someday
    I will become as good...
    Please keep on your work, it is a real inspiration!!!!
    May I link your blog to mine??
    all the best from Germany!!
    Christian

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