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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days 2017 ~ shuttles

I was way too tired to post last night. I subbed all day Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and I subbed part of the day Wednesday and Friday. I'm not used to working that hard now that I'm retired!

Anyway, I'm sure most of you know that I'm addicted to tatting shuttles. My favorite inexpensive shuttle is the Clover, but when a pretty one catches my eye, I will buy it if it's in my price range!

Lisa Adams of The Tatting Corner had two of these beauties. I was tempted to buy them both, but decided to leave the other one for another tatter. :-)

Clover shuttles make me happy! Red and Indigo Blue shuttles are not readily available in my neck of the woods, so I just had to get them!

I pick these up whenever I see them. I want stores to continue carrying them, and my theory is that the stores will only continue selling them if they disappear from the shelves.

Moonlit shuttles are another favorite. I like them when I travel because of the built-in crochet hook... one less thing to use!

Although I was too tired to post, I did find time to tat.

I wanted to try out this metallic thread that Lisa had at Tat Days. It's really nice to work with. I chose to use a bobbin shuttle, because I was afraid that the clicking though the tips of the Clovers would cut the metallic thread.

The thread is size 30, so it tats up smaller than the 20. Luckily, I had a glass gem that fit beautifully!

The back is just as pretty as the front!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days 2017 ~ threads

I told myself I wasn't going to buy any thread. There's no way in the world I can possibly use the thread that I had on hand before attending Tat Days. However, when beautiful colors hit you smack dab between the eyes, all attempts at maintaining will power fly out the window.

I absolutely love hand-dyed thread! I first became addicted to it when Marilee Rockley started dyeing around the time I began blogging. The hand dyeing process does something to the thread that makes it even more wonderful to use. These gorgeous colors are from Snapdragon Lace.

I also adore Karey Solomon's colors. I chose some in sizes 20, 30, and 40. I can hardly wait to use them!

If you saw my thread stash, you'd be asking me why in the world I was buying more Lizbeth thread. The quick answer is, I just can't resist the colors! The three blues on the bottom left were actually in my blue prize basket, or maybe it was just two of them. Can't you just picture these colors tatted up into Ice Drops?

Lisa Adams of Tatting Corner had some Penny Thread. I already had some, but again, the colors were hard to resist! I've been wanting to work with metallic threads, and luckily there were several colors to choose from. Lisa sure knows how to tempt tatters with goodies!

Today was a full sub day. Three days in one week has worn me out! Still, because of subbing I had time to tat another Ice Drop. When I got home, I discovered another Ice Drop in the bottom of my bag that I had tatted on the way home. So, I have two to show today!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days 2017 ~ raffle

One of the fun aspects of attending Palmetto Tat Days was participating in a basket raffle, silent auction, and a live auction. Raffle baskets were put on display, and I was immediately drawn to a beautiful blue basket! However, the raffle tickets were not for each basket. Instead, raffle tickets were purchased and names were drawn at the banquet. Imagine my delight when I won the blue basket!

These ladies really do a bang-up job, and the raffle, silent auction, and live auction all benefit the scholarship fund. I was thrilled to win a raffle basket. This baby was loaded with goodies!

Look at this beautiful assortment of beads! I didn't really need beads, but it's nice to add to my stash!

I love this little box. It will be perfect as a little project box or maybe for shuttle storage. I do have a few shuttles!

I love window tins, and I haven't seen one this small before... perfect!

These little jars will be perfect for carrying beads or maybe even glass gems when going to Tollway Tatters.

Look at this... three little storage boxes!

Don't all tatters need lots of scissors. I believe the standard is one for each work in progress. 😉

I love Post-It notes, and these little flags will be perfect for keeping my place in my current pattern.

Another little blue jar! I love little containers! They come in so handy.

This little cardboard box will be great for gift giving.

Look at this... a box of chocolates from the President of the United States! Who knew the President was a fan of tatting?

Tape measures always come in handy, and this one can be worn around my neck.

I don't think I've ever seen a pen on a retractable clip, but I'm sure this will come in handy. I need seem to be able to find a pen when I need one. I know I'll always be able to identify it as mine with this beautiful tatting marking it.

And look... a matching lanyard!

This is a magnet from one of the Tat Days I would have loved to attended. There was no way to take off during September. The school district would have allowed it, but it would not have made a good start to the school year for me!

I'll have to think of a way to jazz up this cute necklace. I think if I look at Marie McCurry's tatsmithing books, I should be able to do something super cool!

What's a tatting raffle without a shuttle? No, it's not blue, but I believe purple is a shad of blue, right?

I did not win any of the silent auction items, but I did win a live auction item!

Yes, it is a shuttle by Rita Richmond.

It's not just any shuttle either, but a commemorative shuttle so that I can always remember attending Palmetto Tat Days in 2017!

Yes, it has taken me a few days to recover from all the activity. I started this Ice Drop near the end of the drive home on Sunday. I subbed all day Monday and Tuesday, so it took me until today to finish. I can't remember the name of this Ice Drop pattern. It's my Minty Fudge without picots, and I thought I had this one in my files, but I can't find it. Someone will be able to spark my memory!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days 2017 ~ the books

Why, yes... yes I did buy a few books... actually several, which is technically more than a few. Oh, you want to see what I bought? Alrighty then...

Although this isn't a tatting book, it is a lovely calendar by Sandra Eichelberger. The photographs are gorgeous, and I know I will think of my crazy tatting friend every time I look at it!

I'm sure I purchased Jennifer Williams' Tatted Snowflakes, but I don't know where it is. Now I have a backup copy!

Oh, how I wish I could read Japanese! This lovely little book is filled with step-by-step pictures of beautiful beading techniques. I'm pretty sure I can figure the patterns out from the diagrams and pictures. I love the flowers on the front!

Ben Fikkert's A Tatting Adventure is another book I'm sure I have somewhere. I had to make sure, though. Tim had thought of a costume for the banquet... carrying a shuttle and going as Ben Fikkert! That one made me laugh! There's a picture of Ben Fikkert in the front of the book. I don't think he and Tim look much alike!

It won't be long before I'm in the mood to tat snowflakes, so I felt the need to buy Karen Bovard's newest book, even though I am a split ring novice. I'm still trying, Jane!

I have several of Georgia Seitz's books, but I didn't have this one. I'd like to set a goal of tatting every snowflake pattern I own, but I'm afraid I'll stress myself out trying!

I love Christel Weidmann's books! I've read comments by tatters who feel her designs are too simple, but sometimes simple is what I need!

I'm guessing this book was available last year, but I didn't see it until this weekend. Who can't use more butterfly patterns?

Riet brought along extra copies of Ineke Kuiperij's books. There were three the intrigued me, but I chose to buy only one this year. Maybe I'll have the chance to go back to Palmetto Tat Days. If I'm lucky, Riet will be there with more books. I suppose I should have purchased all three, but I was trying to be good!

This was the most expensive book I bought. I couldn't help myself! I think I'd better justify my purchase and work on some of the patterns in here. I figure that every pattern I tat reduces the purchase price of the book. Isn't that what they mean by diminishing returns? ;-)