Monday, May 4, 2015

Shake Rag Alley Tatting Class

2 students practicing double stitches, with me standing near

Here I'm showing another tatting student the basics

View through our window, showing the blacksmith workshop in progress

The "Potter's House" where our tatting class took place

Artistic hand painted picket fence on the grounds with birdhouse

Rustic gate

Selfie with the Coach House at Shake Rag Alley
The tatting class went well! The students were all eager to learn, and the springtime weather was gorgeous! Since Mineral Point is a good 2 hour drive from my house, I arrived the night before and stayed at the historic Coach House.on the grounds at Shake Rag Alley. It's really a lovely place to get away from it all - my cell phone had no service but there was WiFi in the building, so I could email my hubby that I got there safely. The buildings are very old but have been updated with modern conveniences like electric lights and heat, and my room at the Coach House was very comfortable with an antique iron frame bed but modern bathroom.

The area is known for it's historic sites and also for the many art and craft classes held there. At the same time as my tatting class was going on, the blacksmith workshop was happening nearby. The sounds of hammering metal were not distracting, I enjoyed it, along with the singing of the birds.

I have another tatting class scheduled there on August 1.


Jane McLellan said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip, with the added bonus of adding new tatters to the community!

Margarets designer cards said...

Sounds a wonderful place to learn tatting, and adding a few more tatters to the tatting community

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Shake Rag Alley looks like a wonderful place to visit, and you get to teach tatting... double fun!

Marilee Rockley said...

Thanks! Yes, I do enjoy the relaxed pace and beautiful surroundings. It's a wonderful place for art and craft workshops, and my tatting students there have always learned well!