Wednesday, January 31, 2018

I've Got a Secret!

I've got a secret! Well, I hope it won't be a secret for long.  Registration for the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention is now open and we are trying to get the word out.

I haven't been for a long time, but I always had a lovely time, so I'm excited about planning to attend this year.

Here is Karey's news release:

Tatting Seminars in the Finger Lakes - 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of doing anything, particularly when the same people are involved, is cause for celebration.  So April 6-8, 2018 the Finger Lakes Tatting Group is pulling out all the stops for a magical "Tatting Fantasia" - meaning that anything goes, though we've got more than one nod to the movie.  This year features amazing tatting teachers - and participants - from across the country... and a few others.  We'll have classes to educate and inspire, time for fun and photographs, wholesome home-cooked food for every dietary need plus endless snacks; great goodie bags, vendors offering tatting treasures, raffles, auction, a magic show, and a chance to do good.  Our group has adopted Camp Good Days and Special Times, a summer camp for children with cancer as the beneficiary of some unselfish fundraising.

Information is online at and on the group's Facebook page (Finger Lakes Tatting).  Or email Karey Solomon at: threads at empacc dot net and she will send you the information as an attachment.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I was feeling in a festive mood and took a little trip to the neighborhood famous for its "tree ball" displays.  Capturing a good picture of it has always eluded me, but maybe the top picture, taken on approach to the neighborhood, gives an idea of the wonders to come.

Also, I finally found candles to fit this decoration we inherited from John's mother.  I don't know if it's really old or not.

I thought the candles were supposed to make the vanes turn and rotate some of the figures within, but that didn't happen.  Hmm, let them burn longer before giving up? A little WD40 on the axle? Hmm.

Still, pretty to look at, and I'm happy.

Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or Happy Holidays to you all.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dragonfly Quilt Square

Here's another quilt square for next year's Palmetto fundraiser.  These squares are smaller than the ones we had for previous quilts, and Georgia said it's OK to work across the lines.

The orange dragonfly in the center stripe is from Karey Solomon's "Flutter Home," except I made the tail a little shorter and used picots instead of beads. The other orange one is a variation with a SCMR for the body.

The purple dragonfly is from Patricia Rizzo's "The Gentle Art of Tatting Things We Love." Her example looks more airy than mine, so maybe my tension is tighter than hers.  The blue one is Sharren Morgan's Flag-Tailed Dragonfly" from the Palmetto 2010 pattern CD.  And the blue and purple one is sort of a mash-up of those two patterns.

I had fun choosing the colors.  Stay posted for more squares.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Jane's New Heart

This is Jane's heart pattern, entitled "My Heart is in Canada."  I was lucky to attend Jane's class at the Fringe Element's conference this fall.  The class had a great time working the pattern together.  I think I even finished during class time.

For everyone else, she has generously posted the pattern online. Click HERE for a link to her pattern pages. From there click on Hearts and you will see this one and lots more.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quilt Square for Palmetto

Next year's Palmetto Tat Days will feature another group project quilt.  Yay! I love the challenge of quilt squares, choosing threads and designs to complement the fabric. 

Here is one done.  I have used Yarnplayer's Ginko Leaf from her Etsy shop to go with the leaves printed on the fabric.  The design uses folded rings and Catherine wheel joins.

My little flowers in the center section don't show up real well, so I may add more to that section later.  But I've got more quilt squares I will work on first to make sure I get them all done.

The choosing and the tatting is the fun part.  Then comes the sewing on :(    That always takes so much more time than I expect it will.  But good news, I have realized that it is easy to separate Lizbeth thread into 3 strands, so I can use that for a thin matching thread for the sewing on.  Cut a piece of thread about the length of fingertip to elbow. Twist one end back and forth until you can see 3 strands and pull one out.  If you have ever separated strands of embroidery floss, you know what to do.

If you would like to join in the fun, here is message from Georgia about adopting quilt squares to decorate.  You can also send her tatted pieces to be sewn onto the quilt.

Hello, tatters!

Tatters and Quilters needed to decorate blocks for the 2018 Tatting scholarship fundraiser quilt.
We have about 70 more blocks which need to be adopted.

Please look here:
There are 9 sets of photos. Click on a photo and it opens to an enlarged view.
There the blocks are marked A, B, C etc. Choose your favorite color block or intriguing theme.
Email me the set number and the identification of the block and it will be mailed to you.

For international addresses, please ask for an enlarged photo of the block so that you can tat the decoration and mail it to me.
I will gladly sew it onto the blocks.

For example:  please look at
block DDDD has quilting and guitars and lots of color. Is that the block for  you??

Thanks for your help./

Best wishes, Georgia Seitz  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tatting Correspondence in the 1810's

Corina kindly sent me some links to references to tatting in some ladies' letters in the 1810's.  I've done a cut and paste of part of the pages.  

Joanna Baillie was a poet and playwright born in Scotland.  Mary Cumming was an Irishwoman who had emigrated to Virginia.

Joanna had been given a length of tatting and asks her friend if she knows what tatting is.  Mary had just learned to tat and is describing how to do it as though her friend would not know how.  (Even then, as now, the beginner's difficulty in getting rings to close is noted as the hard part.)  

I can envision this as a time when the art of tatting was just starting to spread from person to person in the English speaking countries, while we know some decades were to pass before there would be published instructions.

I'm sorry the print on the clips is so small.  Here are links for closer looks at these pages:

Hamstead April 3rd 1819



Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Palmetto Pictures, at last

I'll try to get back to blogging more often, sorry for taking so long.

I'm sure I've told you enough times how much I enjoy going to the Palmetto Tatdays every year.  Those who blog more regularly have already told you lots about this year's event.

This year I didn't teach and I really enjoyed the lack of stress from being just a student.  Sometimes I was the bad student, showing up late for class and making dumb mistakes from not reading the pattern closely enough.

I'm always so busy talking and tatting that I don't remember to take many pictures.  Here are a few I managed to get.

This was a lovely shawl that was donated to be auctioned.

A few pictures of friends.

An actual completed class project.  This pattern is Kosmos, by Karey Solomon. I always enjoy her classes.