The Daffodil and the Knot

 At this guild meeting, I brought along a newly acquired book, Ostern - Easter Motives by Christel Weidmann. The beautiful tatted daffodils on the cover intrigued me and I decided to try one of the patterns at the meeting. Oops, I was at a loss as to how to start! Not much progress on that project! Later, I discovered features in the book that made the pattern easy!
  • The small "Narcissus" I was trying to tat was a variation of the larger daffodil pattern, so some of the written instructions depended on techniques explained in more detail in the larger daffodil
  • There's a glossary page with translations to English from the German abbreviations
The pattern is really very well written and a great design!

Narcissus in progress from the book Ostern - Easter Motives

A big knot was found in a ball of thread. Frustrating when that happens!

A needle tatted earring by one of our members, fresh off the needle.

A crocheted edging started in size 3 thread.


Beginner Tatting and Lots of Chatting

 A new tatter, Mary, got her first lesson at our February meeting in the food court at the mall. She claimed, "I'm not crafty at all!" but I think she was catching on very well. She's ambidextrous, so will try both left-handed and right-handed methods to see which way feels more natural to her.
 I brought a small fake "palm tree" centerpiece in an attempt to help us all forget about the cold and icy conditions outside. Fortunately, the approaching snow storm waited until we had gone home!
 Nancy, busy with her needle tatting, brought along a book by Tomoko Morimoto entitled New Tatting (modern lace motifs and projects). We all enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures and clear pattern diagrams in it. The method of finishing thread ends shown in the book sparked a discussion about "to glue, or not to glue".

 I made some progress on a shamrock with a Celtic knot in the center. The method of forming a Celtic knot from a tatted chain is shown within the the book Celtic Tatting Knots and Patterns by Rozella F. Linden. Inspired by studying that book, this shamrock pattern is my own, available from the My Free Patterns page at my Yarnplayer blog.
 Our new beginner practicing flipping her first half stitches. You go, girl!


Finishing Up 2018

 This was the last "official" meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Tatting Guild for 2018. We're taking a break until February 11, 2019.
Nancy's beautiful project bag was made by Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane.

A new color of Lizbeth thread, #699 Harvest Gold. I like it!


Many Colors In October

Tatting, chatting, and crocheting, too. We tatters are a multi-talented bunch!

I showed off my new shuttle from The Knotted Vine and gave away another shuttle. Ana finished tatting a heart pendant, Nancy crocheted a scarf, and Becky worked on a bookmark from a book called Tatted Bookmarks Needle and Shuttle published by Handy Hands. There are patterns from several contemporary designers in it.

Khomi stopped by later to visit and tat a snowflake.

Always a good time with these lovely ladies!


Tying Up Loose Ends

Some of us were tatting and I got caught looking at my phone!

The new tatter who just learned last month stopped by (along with her 2 little girls) to show that she'd been practicing! Her first motif (not pictured) looked very good indeed.

We will meet again on September 10.


Warm Welcome In July

 We had a new visitor to our little guild - well, four actually! A passerby who sat down at the next table to watch us tatting for a few minutes. and then later a young mother and her 2 little girls asked if we were the tatting group. Yes, we are, and here you go: thread, shuttle, and a tatting lesson! She was a very quick learner and in less than 2 hours had successfully learned the double stitch, a chain, and closed a ring!
I had less good luck with my own project because the thread broke. Oh, well, I could keep going by tatting over the tails, but since this will be a small earring, I think I'll just start over.


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).