Motif#24 is an edging pratice piece for a hand towel. I modified edging no3 p21 from 'Tatting Edgings and Doilys by Rita Weiss', by removing a ring as I didn't want the edging to be too deep. It was too crowded, so made it into two hearts, and used another for the towel.
Motif #25 is this guitar pattern which I constructed from other edgings and insertions.
1: 2x twelve ring medalions joined at two chains. Join/sew the inner ring of one medalion together to make the bottom bar. (could also use the 12ring medalion for the base and a 8 ring medation for the top, make the centre ring large enough the guitar hole, as I think the proportions would be better.)
2: 8 split ring insertion from 'Tatting with Ann Orr' p27 no33 (4picots on sides not 5 and one on each end) with 2 more split rings joined at top, at right angles using a split ring to climb up just change the location of the join (Join to medalions at two chains when tatting first ring)
3: Then chain around the outside to bring it into shape (I used 3 dbs with the occasional 4dbs where needed) place 6 josephine picots at the top for tuning pins.
4: Add strings securing where necessary.
Ta Da One Guitar
This is now attached to a hand towel for my guitar mad nephew who plays beautifully.
So 25 motifs took me 6 months. What have I learned.
I have renewed my love of tatting, met some lovely people through their blogs. Played TAIS and learned lots of new techniques. Played with designing elements and love the challenge of it. Found more patterns than I could ever tat, and want to buy all the pattern books I read about (one day).
thank you for the challenge, and I will be back with more soon.