I had a wonderful time at Palmetto Tat Days. I get so busy having fun and talking with people that I take very few photographs. I did however manage to take a couple of pictures of projects in progress.
Phyl's handwork. It's an easy pattern, rings and lock chains. My brain was on overload and there were many distractions. Several times I found myself making lock stitch rings. There is no such tatting element as a lock stitch ring. It becomes the ring everyone made as a beginning tatter, where one pesky stitch did not flip (or unflipped itself) and then the ring will not close. Thankfully I was using size 3 thread and the Starlit shuttles I was using had picks on them, so the lock stitch ring was easily retro-tatted.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
This afternoon I helped a Facebook Friend with a snowflake Pattern. The Betsy Snowflake can be found here. I find it helpful to work the pattern along with the student, so I loaded 2 shuttles with size 10 Lizbeth in my favorite snowflake color Blue Ice.
The split ring is followed by a smaller split ring and then a chain. The pattern did not say, but this join is a lock join.
This shows the clover on top of the snowflake arm. It is important to switch shuttles before and after the clover.
After an enjoyable tat and chat, I completed my size 10 snowflake. I immediately loaded shuttles and made another in size 20 Lizbeth thread. A 25 cent coin is shown for size comparison.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Time to update my neglected blog. I have been tatting, just not scanning or photographing or blogging. It is so much easier to snap and share on Facebook, but I have not been doing a lot of that either.
A Facebook Tatting Friend shared that she was going to make this snowflake. I remember back in 2008 when Ruth Perry shared this pattern with the On Line Tatting Class. I attempted to make it, made one heck of a mess and went back to tatting other things.
Time passes. I've now attended Palmetto Tat Days 8 times (#9 is just a month away and I can hardly wait.) I've been to Fingerlakes 4 times, Fringe Elements Tatting twice. I spent 2 weekends in Indiana in classes with The Shuttle Brothers. I've had tatting classes with many talented tatters. I even spent a weekend at Ruth Perry's house tatting and chatting in January 2016.
I printed the pattern and loaded shuttles with size 20 thread. First attempt I got most way through arm 4 and realized that arm 3 was not twisted correctly, attempts to fix it resulted in a major mess. Twisted, tangled and frustrated, scissors were brought out.
I briefly considered tatting this with size 10 thread. The arms were 2.5 inches from center to tip, and I still had the outer round to complete, and I did not want a humongous snowflake so I continued in size 20 thread. Above is the second attempt when I stopped for the night.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
blog. This was a one shuttle pattern and easy to follow. I used a 5x8 mm crystal (all I had on hand) on the green earrings and it came out OK. Now to wait for the Pearls I ordered to arrive before making more of these lovely earrings.
Monday, March 13, 2017
This is Eileen Stafford's Blue doily. I did it in Cream Lizbeth size 20. It measures 4.75 inches or 12 cm across. I think the center round would make a pretty earring with some beads added. There was something on my ironing board which left a few dark spots when I blocked this. I will have to wash it and block it again after I wash the ironing board cover.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017