Shuttle and Needle

Becky's necklace in progress (pattern from the Craftsy Shuttle Tatting course; affiliate link) 

Nancy's necklace in progress; needle tatting
Shuttle and needle tatters are both welcome at Greater Milwaukee Tatting Guild meetings! The gift bags to newcomers contain thread and a shuttle, however, since that's the technique I teach.

Khomi arrived later and wanted an easy motif to tat. I gave her a copy of my Tatted Star Motif (instant download).

I forgot to take a picture of  Ana's project. She color coordinated the thread and bead colors perfectly!

Next month, April 9th, I won't be at the meeting (I'll still be traveling back from the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference) but Ana, Nancy, and Becky will be there!


It goes under...no wait, over

Ana, Becky, and Nancy wanted to see how I did the Celtic tatting on my new necklace design. I started to show them...and then realized that I didn't know exactly what I was doing, myself! But, this was a good learning experience for, well - at least for me. :-) 

Eventually, I hope to get it all written down, step by step, with in-progress photos. I need those to figure out my own patterns; always have!

 It was fun tatting and chatting together!
 Nancy was working with a black and white Lizbeth thread that looked like the contrast in colors could be confusing, but I bet the results will be stunning! The pattern was from Tatting With Beads Jewelry. Ana was tatting earrings from the same pattern book that Nancy had. Becky was working on a tatted necklace pattern from my Craftsy class (affiliate link).


Beginner's first tatted ring

 A new tatter named Jean showed up saying that she had been trying to get "the flip" but couldn't figure out how to do it. Well, after being shown a demonstration, she successfully flipped a stitch in about 30 seconds! After that, she kept on tatting! She practiced chains for a while, then went on to close her first ring, then another, and by the end of the evening understood picots, counting, and had joined 2 rings. That is phenomenally quick progress!

 In the meantime, Nancy was tatting a necklace to match this bracelet that she had already finished. Pattern is from the book Tatting With Beads Jewelry.

 Ana worked on a delicate motif in size 40 Lizbeth thread in the color "Herbal Garden". I'm sorry I don't recall where she said the pattern was from.
I tatted another pink square for the Tat A Monument In Pink project. (Click the link to find more details about this worldwide project.) 

I tried using a new Clover bobbin shuttle, and was pleasantly surprised that the bobbin stayed firmly in it's place in the shuttle, in spite of the tight, quick jerks I tend to use when tatting. I'm normally not a fan of bobbin shuttles, but I like this one!


Avoiding a gap

At this meeting, the tatting topic discussed was avoiding a gap between a chain and a ring. Here's how to avoid that dreaded gap:

When a chain is finished, slide the double stitches close together, nice and snug. 

Then, start the ring. After you flip the first half stitch of the ring, snug it tightly against the previous tatted chain. Pinch it between your fingers to hold it in place while tatting the 2nd half of the double stitch. Once the first double stitch is completed, that's where the ring will stay! 

So, if you don't see a gap, you're good to go ahead and finish tatting that ring. If you do see a gap, take out that first double stitch and try again.


While tatting in the food court

 We had fun tatting together, but learned a valuable lesson about tatting in any public place.
Be sure to keep your valuables safe. 
Don't leave your purse at the edge of the table or hanging over the back of a chair where thieves can easily steal from them. This happened to someone in our group while we were all concentrating on our tatting. Sad! But, the meetings will go on, and I will remind everyone who comes to keep watch over their things!


New fun and vintage treasures

 Big turnout of eager new tatters at the October meeting! A collector of vintage tatting brought along some beautiful pieces to show. Such exquisite handiwork!

 The new arrivals each received a ball of thread, tatting shuttle, and free lessons!
 Admiring the beautiful tatted pieces from the vintage collection.
This lovely lady is an amazing artist! The fabric of her bag is from a painting she did! Take a look at her website www.patriceprocopio.com 


Tatting and chatting

 Six of us got together at the food court to tat. Lots of talking, but we did get some tatting done, too!
Khomi finished a lovely flower spray.

Some of us will be going to the Tollway Tatters gathering on Saturday, August 19, at the Hinsdale Oasis. Good times!