Tatting on a hot August night

 At this meeting we had a tatting beginner, who actually had once learned to tat from her grandmother many years ago, but had forgotten. She made remarks about being "all thumbs", but that is how we all feel when learning a new skill, isn't it? By the end of the meeting she was tatting quite well. She had come with her sister, and I gave them both "homework" of a simple snowflake pattern to practice.
 Ana tatted an embellishment to a butterfly filigree, and plans to finish it as an earring or pendant.

We had a "door prize" of a rare find, an Italian tatting magazine! (This magazine can also be purchased from Handy Hands Tatting.) 

I forgot to do the prize drawing until Khomi had left, but I put her name in the bag along with the other attendees, and Khomi won! So, the magazine will be ready for her at the next meeting, which will be September 12. At that meeting I'll share photos from my trip to Palmetto Tat Days.


A warm get-together in July

Seven of us gathered for tatting and visiting. One was a brand-new beginner, another an "experienced beginner". They received guidance from Sue Anna and me and definitely made progress in their skills!

Khomi finished her first pair of tatted earrings. Ana was also tatting earrings. Barbara tatted another snowflake from one of Jon Yusoff's patterns. 

Barbara also helped me unwind a skein of hand dyed thread. This hand dyed happened to be one of Karey Solomon's threads called "Color Dance" that I had purchased at the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference in April.

I tried to demonstrate "overlapping" or "stacked" rings from what I could remember, but I need to really study these techniques more, though. So many possibilities!


June get-together

Sue Anna and Barbara both tatted snowflakes at the meeting. Barbara has been doing the designs in Jon Yusoff's pattern books. Here's links to Jon's books for sale on the Handy Hands Tatting website:

All Jon Yusoff patterns are beautiful, well explained, and diagrammed.

I had some kits left over from the classes that I taught at the Bead&Button Show, so those at the meeting who wanted one got a free kit! Khomi finished an earring from one of the kits (I forgot to take a picture).

A new person interested in tatting stopped by our table. She didn't have time to stay at this meeting, but plans to come next month - July 11.


A fine day in May

 Tatting in progress on this day included small flowers made of "Josephine Rings" and stems using the technique of encapsulation. Khomi and Ana were both interested in exploring these ideas for creative, random tatting.

I also worked on simple earrings using Lizbeth thread in the color "Seascape". Personally, I think this color combination is really ugly - but it might work for these earrings. That orange shade seems to be trying really hard to be sand or sailboats :)


Pi Day Tatting

Tatting, chatting, and eating! At the Mayfair Mall food court we helped new tatters practice the basics, and admired the show-and-tell work of the experienced tatters.

Tatted necklace, not yet blocked, made by Sue Anna from a new original design by Marilee Rockley. Hand dyed thread and square opal beads.

Snowflakes tatted by Barbara. I don't remember where she said the patterns were from, but they're all lovely.

Not tatting, but beautifully handmade bracelet of beads and wire, original design by Ana.


They found us

Funny how tatting in public seems to attract attention! I hadn't been at the food court long, and Ana and I were just getting out tatting supplies, when I was approached by a mall security guard who asked, "Is this the tatting group?" I have to admit that I had a momentary flashback to my first encounter with "tatting police" ☺at Tollway Tatters in 2014 :)

The friendly security guard was helping 2 people who had asked where the tatting group was! So, they found us :)

I got them started right away with colorful thread, shuttles, a simple demo of how the double stitch works, and they started practicing. Khomi joined us for a while, too, so there were 5 of us tatting at this meeting!

Each of the new tatters did very well in their first attempts. One progressed to the point where she had successfully "flipped" several stitches in her first practice chain. The other got as far as tatting a ring! Both seemed happy that they had found a tatting group, and plan to come again.

Then, Khomi, Ana, and I started studying the flower motifs shown in the book, "Tatting - Artistry in Thread" by Helma Siepmann. We practiced Josephine rings and encapsulation techniques. Perhaps next month we'll have some finished flowers!


December meeting

That's Ana waving to you in the photo above! 
She's wearing her close-up glasses set consisting of her regular classes plus a pair of reading glasses, which give her several levels of magnification.

She was tatting earrings while I worked on a peace dove in white size 20 thread with size 11/0 seed beads. Pattern by Jane Eborall. I didn't finish it at the meeting, but below I've posted a picture of my finished dove.

I also brought along some metallic embroidery floss to show, and we discussed how it might work for tatting a teeny tiny shiny "aluminum" Christmas tree...maybe painted pink :)
Well, I love a challenge! My finished tree is shown below, from my own pattern "Layered Ring Christmas Tree" with added fringe "tinsel effect" using Corina Meyfeldt's fringe technique.