Sunday, September 24, 2017

Snip, snip, success!

pattern by Erin Holloway Moseley
size 20 Lizbeth #131, Vineyard Harvest
shuttles from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design
The first class I signed up for was Erin's Josephine Chain Square Motif. I snipped off the portion I started in class, the one on the left. I had flattened out my Josephine chains, and I originally planned to finish the motif with the mistakes still there. This morning I changed my mind and snipped off that first attempt.

I didn't get very far into my second attempt when I realized I'd tatted a ring incorrectly. Rather than spend time retro-tatting, I pulled out my scissors and snipped!

Three times must be the charm, because I finally finished the motif correctly. I may have twisted the last joining picot, but I didn't look very carefully, and I'm pretty sure no one else will either!

Can you tell I was in a matching mood when I prepared for class? 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Out of the heat

It was a warm one today, but the Tollway Tatters were cool and comfortable!


Barbara


Sue Anna


Denise

I never think to take a picture of myself!


Our tables were loaded with tatting goodies!


Barbara brought cat's eye glass gems to share with us, and she also brought glass gems that she had decorated.


I worked on my sister-in-law's runner. When I got to the last ring in the motif, I realized I had tatted the first ring incorrectly. Luckily, I had my scissors with me!


Denise finished Karey Solomon's Ice Drop from Palmetto Tat Days. I finished one of my Ice Drops, so the day was not a loss!

We did have a great time together! If you're ever in the Chicago area when we have a meeting, please join us. We would love to have you join in the fun. We've tentatively set our next meeting date for October 21. We'll verify the meeting closer to the date.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Slow tatting

With two of my grandchildren here this week, I had very little time for tatting. I guess if I'm honest, I could have made time for tatting, but I chose to enjoy my time with the kids.


I did manage to slowly finish my metallic thread Ice Drop. The sparkle doesn't show much in this picture, but it really is bright in person!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Playing with metallic thread

I was disappointed that Rita Richmond was unable to attend Palmetto Tat Days this year. Not only was I looking forward to seeing her new shuttle designs, I was also interested in seeing her new line of metallic threads!


Being rather impatient, I ordered the Rexana and DMC threads that Rita carries on my way home from Tat Days. Aren't smart phones wonderful?


I haven't done much tatting this week, as two of my grandchildren are visiting and I've been helping them with schoolwork. However, I have tatted enough to know that I really like the Rexana!


Rita sent me pictures of three shuttles she thought I would like, and she was so right! I do like the decorated Moonlit shuttles because of the embedded crochet hook. However for smooth tatting pleasure, nothing beats Rita's own acrylic shuttles!


By now, you know how hard it is for me to resist beautiful shuttles. When Rita posted these, I headed straight to her Facebook shop. This picture does not do them justice. They are gorgeous! I wish I had realized that she also had two of her acrylic shuttles with the poppy and flower designs. By the time I noticed, they were gone!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days 2017 ~ the challenge

Did you know that you can apply for a scholarship to attend Palmetto Tat Days? Next year, the guild will be raffling of a quilt, and we were challenged to take quilt squares and strips with us to decorate with tatting.


For each of the three fabric categories, there were tatting patterns designed by Jane Eborall to get us started. I'm not a fan of skulls, but I had decided to take one of each square, and this happened to be one of the categories.


I am fascinated by beer steins! I don't have any, and I often wonder if they're really practical with those lids.


I think this Japanese lady would appeal to my mom. She loves oriental designs!


I was really drawn to this dragon fly fabric. Now it's time to get tatting!

Save the date!




Save the date! Tollway Tatters will be meeting this coming Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294 at 10 a.m. If you're in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us! Look for tie-dyed t-shirts, tatting supplies, and lots of smiles! We try to sit near Starbucks and Panera Bread, and we usually stay until around 3.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days 2017 ~ my classes

The hardest part of attending Palmetto Tat Days is choosing classes. Of course I want to take them all! I can't imagine how hard it is for the organizers to select which classes will be offered.


The event is so well organized! We each had a folder that contained the patterns for our classes, and the schedule was on the front of the folder, making it very easy to keep track of where we were supposed to be and when. Luckily, this year I remembered to change my watch when we entered the Eastern time zone. Last year I almost missed lunch, because I thought it was an hour earlier than it was!


Thursday night was our first class, with everyone invited! This little flour-de-lis designed by Linda Reiff is the only project I managed to finish. I rewarded myself with a shopping trip in the vendor room!


My Saturday morning class was with Erin Holloway Moseley. Her Josephine Chain Square Motif was a challenge for me, because I couldn't figure out why my Josephine chain wasn't twisting. It turns out there was a simple solution. I just needed to drop my shuttle in a different direction before tatting the rings. I will finish this just to make sure I have the pattern down pat, and then I will tat another the correct way!


Saturday afternoon started with Sharren Morgan's Chain of Violets. Once I understood the bead placement, this was very easy! I plan on finishing this as a bracelet.


Sandra Eichelberger's Elegant Clovers Necklace is a challenge for me because of all the split rings. At least those split rings have beads instead of picots! Honestly, if I had read the description or looked at the picture carefully, I might not have taken this class because of the split rings. I'm glad I wasn't careful! I think this is going to be a beautiful necklace!


Wally Sosa's Button Flower Oya Igne Style was really interesting! I had no idea how to do this technique, and I'm very glad I learned it. I think it will open up lots of possibilities, maybe even a new Ice Drop! 😉


The most difficult class for me was Linda Reiff's Mekik Oyasi Turkish Tatting. I think I understand the concept now. This will be another one that I finish knowing that it will be far from perfect, but I feel confident that my technique will improve on the next one!

If you've never attended a tatting conference such as Palmetto Tat Days, I encourage you to give it a try. It's tremendous fun to meet other tatters and learn tips and techniques to improve tatting skills. Thank you to all the wonderful people who put Palmetto Tat Days together, and a special thank you to all the teachers who have given me inspiration to try new techniques and challenge myself in new ways.