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.
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.
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:
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.
I'm so far behind, and more disorganized as ever. Jane is well into posting all about the Fringe TatDays and I haven't even said anything about Palmetto yet. I've done some Palmetto class projects, they must be around here somewhere. I think. Anyhoo, someone asked for some closeups of the Phyllis Sparks yoke, so here you are until I can get myself better sorted out.
If you would like to see it modeled, see Jane's blog HERE.
Well, here's the yoke, finished at last. I took it off the blocking board Monday. I wish I remembered when I started. It took about 2 1/2 balls of DMC Cordonet size 50, or maybe 2 2/3. It's hard to estimate partial balls. It's been an interesting journey. It just occurred to me, I should have measured the dimensions for you, but it's not coming out of the suitcase now. And I'm all packed up ready to leave for Toccoa Tatdays in the morning, and it's only 2 am. That's what time I usually get home from work, so that's not bad at all. Wonder what I forgot to pack this time...