Thursday, May 19, 2016
Etsy shop. I also finished a pair of earrings from it, using my "Devotion" pattern. Amazing how combining different thread colors and bead colors can change the look of a design!
The Milwaukee Bead&Button Show is approaching quickly and I have to admit I'm feeling stressed over it, what with all the reminder emails coming from the organizers with lists and charts and times and places and rules and what-have-you. I still have to pack the kits, but will finish that shortly. B&B is much different than teaching at a tatting event, a local shop, or at a nice arts and crafts school like Shake Rag Alley. There is so much going on at the B&B show and it's so expensive that expectations run very high. Not really a relaxing event in which to learn a new skill, in my humble opinion. Oh well. Here's the photo of the pendant I'm teaching in the advanced class, done up in 2 different color ways:
I'm also teaching a beginner class, Shuttle Tatting Basics. Every class at B&B requires a project, so here it is, though most likely beginners won't finish it in class:
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
My tatting class schedule is getting really full now that spring/summer activities are gearing up. I enjoy teaching but the advanced tatting classes are especially a lot of work to prepare and we're expected to promote them on social media as well. Bead&Button Show and IOLI are coming up fast now, and I need to package kits and prepare in-progress samples. The patterns are all done and test-tatted, though.
I'm also teaching a beginners tatting class at Midwest Beads on May 14.
|Wire wrapping the tatting onto the frame.|
Friday, April 29, 2016
Next class coming up: I'll be teaching more beginners how to tat at Shake Rag Alley on May 7. It's a pretty and relaxing place to visit! For planning ahead, at the same location I'll teach an Intermediate Tatting class later this year.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The pattern is for sale in my Etsy shop, as well as my Craftsy pattern store.
It's a one shuttle and ball thread pattern. 3 colors of size 10 are what I used, but someone in my class at Finger Lakes used size 20 for a daintier flower. A needle tatter successfully followed the pattern there, too.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
An entrepreneurial genius, Sharon, brought her swift and ball winder and offered a winding service for hand dyed thread. Several vendors, including me, sold our hand dyed in between classes.
The food was all home cooked, and absolutely delicious! We also had brownies and ice cream!
My classes were the largest I've ever taught, about 15 students each. The project of a 3D flower wasn't finished in class, but the photo above shows one partially done.
The Finger Lakes area has a lot of natural beauty. This is one of the breath-taking waterfalls.
After the Tatting Conference, my husband Jan and I visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. A fabulous vacation all around!
|Jan in front of the Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Me at Mickey Mantle's locker.|
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Finger Lakes Tatting Conference is next week, and I'll be teaching there! The "Fantasy Flower" is the project that I'm teaching.
I'm currently preparing step-outs, or samples in various stages of completion, to help the participants understand the structure of how the flower shape develops. There's about 15 people in each class! Mostly all experienced tatters, so I've been told. Even so, a very large class for tatting.
I've been experimenting with the live video craze on Periscope, but with dismal (blurry, pixelated) results. I've tried better lighting, but that didn't help. So, I've come to the conclusion that the Internet speed available at my location just isn't fast enough for live broadcast. I'll continue to make regular (not live) videos instead.
Looking forward to meeting many tatters at the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference!
Friday, March 11, 2016
|If doing a project using front side / back side tatting, sometimes an onion ring will need to be tatted from the back side. Tat the inner ring using reverse order double stitches (2nd half first, 1st half second).|
|Bring the shuttle thread behind the ring, then start tatting the outer ring, also with reverse order double stitches.|
|When doing the join, pull a loop of the thread from the working circle OVER the shuttle thread and through the picot.|
|Make sure that the loop isn't twisted, then put the shuttle through.|
|Tighten the join as you would any normal join. Then, continue tatting reverse order double stitches.|
|Close the outer ring, keeping it behind the inner ring.|
|The completed onion ring from the back side.|
|The completed onion ring from the front side.|
Friday, March 4, 2016
I'm tatting and photographing new things like mad, but can't show any of that at present. A publisher offered me the opportunity to do a book, I've got classes coming up, so I'm busy busy! More details later.