Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Catching up on Tat-Alongs (Challenge Motif 7)

A few weeks ago, Umi&Tsuru issued a challenge to tat a design from Ruth Scharf's book, Occhi. Since this is one of those books I have been meaning to take off the shelf and use for a long time, this seemed just the thing for my current motif challenge. I decided to go for a very traditional approach and chose this ecru thread. I regretted that at times, when I saw the wide variety of colors shown by other bloggers accepting the challenge. I also decided to make all the lock joins down into the base of the rings as in the original pattern. I think it's a very interesting effect, though it was a bit tricky getting the tension just right.

If you don't have the book, you can still join in, because she had permission to post the flower and leaf patterns.

Also, we recently had Jane's Tat It and See surprise pattern, which turned out to be a goat!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Palmetto Tat Days Coming Up

It's time to start thinking about Palmetto Tat Days, to be held September 7 & 8. Actually, it's past time for me. Usually, I am much further along with class proposals by now, but I've been putting most of my free time into my tatting history project. Luckily, in honor of their 10th anniversary, they are allowing teachers to repeat one lesson from the past. Which one should I choose?

The deadline for applying to teach is April 12. If you are interested, you can get all the information to apply on the Palmetto Tatters Homepage.

Friday, February 17, 2012

In Loving Memory of Gina

Gina was very special to me. I am glad that I got to meet her in person a few times, as well as through the internet. There are only 2 blogs that I visit every single day and hers was one of those. Her range of interests was amazing. On any given day she might show tatting, some other needlecraft, painting, or some other type of art. I learned about Romanian Point Lace from her. Two little pieces she made for me are shown above. In the same envelope I found two teabags she sent at the same time. I was going to save them for some time special and forgot about them. I will drink them in her honor now.

We shared a love of antique patterns. I remember one of my early encounters with her was to swap duplicate copies of old Needlecraft Magazines. Her study of the Therese de Dillmont patterns is just the sort of thing I love.

I was fortunate to have Gina as a test tatter for several of my books. She was always very helpful. When I was wondering why the Mrs. Mee picots didn't always twist, she was the one who figured it out. She was instrumental in completing the instructions for that technique.

The tatting community has suffered a great loss. I will miss her very much.

Monday, February 06, 2012

My Class for Finger Lakes

This is the pattern I will be teaching at the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention (or "The Convention Formerly Known as Hector"). It has lots of split rings and lots of beads used in different ways. If you are coming, you can buy the optional kit or string your own beads, whichever you prefer. I'll also show how to make and use a bead spinner.

Click here to go to Vicki's blog to see her class project. If I spot any more class posts, I'll let you know.

And for something really beautiful, click here to go to Ginny's blog to see the quilt that will be auctioned.

I'm really looking forward to going. I hope to see a lot of you there.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Fun at Finger Lakes Tatting Convention

Registration is now open for this year's Finger Lakes Tatting Convention in western NY. Karey Solomon, one of the nicest people I know, heads this group. There will be classes, vending, and good fellowship. The picture above is from a previous meeting. They have since moved to a larger building. I'm looking forward to going.

Here is the meeting information as a pdf file:

And here it is as a Word document:

If you need more information, you can Email Karey