Monday, August 4, 2008

And The Winners Are...

First of all I would like to make a heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in my little experiment of a challenge. It was a true pleasure to meet each of you and contribute in a small way to your amazing and diverse creations. I hope that the experience was a good one for all of you as well. I reserved the difficult challenge of judging to a few new friends and they all expressed a great amount of difficulty in choosing our winners, in fact this resulted in three third place winners.

There were some amazing pieces that did not place, but I'd personally like to make special mention of them. First I'd like to mention the striking red cuff made by Waterrose. The skill of embroidery mixed with tatting created a piece with a very artisan feel. Secondly, I'd like to mention the distilled rose piece by thebeadedlily. While I felt the piece wasn't the best feature of the tatting, it was an amazing piece of art and it's softness and beauty are unmistakable. I really loved all of the pieces for different reasons and I actually feel bad that I can't give them all a little something, but that's not the way a contest works right?

Now on to the winners, we'll do this backwards all Miss America style. The three third place winners were all chosen by different judges and they will all have their choice of my pendants as their prize.

Wenchie for her SteamPunk Hair Stick.

MadArtJewelry for her Flies' Time Necklace.

IndustrialFairyTale for her faux Ivory and Medallion Choker
Second Place goes to Lamplighter for her amazing lampshade. She will receive any item up to $20 from my humble collection.Fetishghost had this to say, "Wow! My eye kept coming back to this piece. Visually, it's a very strong piece. I'm intrigued by it's design and construction. It appears extremely well crafted. Great work!"

Finally, our first place winner who was chosen by all the judges, SkyIsland for her incredible baroquen mandala. She will receive an item up to $40 from my tatted goods.

This piece of praise by another of our judges, Jane Eborall,"... I like baroquen skyisland mandala - angle by miahawk as not only is it a stunning piece of work she's put a lot of time and care into it (mind, they all have!)"

I'd like to end with some quotes from our judges, first Slvrlily, "That was tough. I went with the three I felt best incorporated the tatting into the piece." Next Fetishghost on judging, "Wow, that was a tuff choice. It took a good while to find my top choices based on originality, craftsmanship, and beauty... this of coarse didn't narrow the field down at all. Each piece is amazing for it's own reasons, congratulations to all." Last from Jane Eborall, "This is one of the hardest things I've been asked to do for a long time but I've thoroughly enjoyed it."

Well, that was a lot of excitement, my life is bound to get a little boring now that this event has concluded. I hope that all the participants will join me again after the holidays for a fresh challenge and I'm looking forward to many more artisans jumping in to help me bring tatting to some fresh new places. Thanks again everyone!

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Desert Rose Door Refinishing said...

That was such fun. And, even though I didn't win the challenge caused me to think about my cuffs differently and is resulting in some other ideas and creations! Congratulations to the winners --I can't wait for the next challenge!

michelle said...

I was stunned to wake up today and find I'm the winner! There were so many lovely pieces in the challenge I'm sure it was a difficult decision.

I'm walking on air and looking forward to the next challenge!

thebeadedlily said...

Congrats to SkyIsland! I pegged her piece as a winner right off! Fabulous!
And thanks for the honorable mentions! I was thrilled about that!
I mentioned you challenge on my blog a few days ago and again today.
Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

Sarah Dungan said...

Congrats SkyIsland! The glasswork settled in with the tatting is really lovely, a well deserved victory! :-)

Hyla Waldron said...

Congratulations to the winners!!!

Sheryl said...

I just found your blog and etsy store through Ravelry. Your work is amazing and the work by the challenge participants - stunning! I taught myself to tat many years ago and have given it up for other pursuits, but it remains one of my all time favorite forms of needlework. Congratulations to all!