Words from the Knot House

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a tatting related challenge (usually in the form of a free tatting pattern link) and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  When a pattern link is provided, we will also post a picture of how our tatting turned out when we followed the pattern. Following the challenge, we will feature reader completions of past challenges. So submit your completed work whether it be from challenge #1, 29, or the current challenge. All submissions will be posted in the next week’s challenge.

Challenge Issued: Follow the linked pattern in any color combinations and thread sizes you choose.  [Variations of the pattern are welcome and encouraged.]  Then snap a picture and send it to sbspokane@yahoo.com with the subject line “Weekly Challenge” (or post it in the comments) to see your completed work featured as part of next week’s challenge post. Be sure to include the name you wish us to list with your photo – we want to give you credit! [There is no time limit on sending in your picture - feel free to send in any weekly challenge pictures (from last week or weeks/months ago) and we will feature them as part of the next Wednesday's post.]

Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly

Gary and Randy, known as the Shuttle Brothers, make some pretty amazing shuttles, several great books, and some fun free patterns available on their webpage. Check out their site!

Today’s pattern is a butterfly that only takes one shuttle. In addition to basic techniques, this butterfly will give you practice with both finger tatting and the self closing mock ring [SCMR]. Mary helped the guild work through this pattern at our meeting earlier this month.

Pattern: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/gr8butterfly.jpg

GR-8 Butterfly designed by Gary and Randy Houtz. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth, Rainbow Splash, size 20.

GR-8 Butterfly designed by Gary and Randy Houtz. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth, Rainbow Splash, size 20.

I had a lot of fun tatting this butterfly and I hope you have fun tatting yours!

You can find Gary and Randy at the following location:

Website: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/

 

 Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 - Patti's Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color:  volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton 'Blendables' in a red/white/blue mix for Mom's.  Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 – Patti’s Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color: volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton ‘Blendables’ in a red/white/blue mix for Mom’s. Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

 

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Tatted by Patty Markley

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Tatted by Patty Markley

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 - GR-8 Butterfly - Tatted by Michele

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #43 – GR-8 Butterfly – Tatted by Michele

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted GR-8 Butterflies

Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

If you have a free pattern you would like to see featured as part of the Weekly Challenge – let us know by leaving a comment or by sending an email to sbspokane@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing your creations!

- Natalie

#20 – Luna Moth * #19 – Little Owl Earrings * #18 – Hedgehog * #17 – Flower *#16 – Mrs. Platt’s Baby Booties #15 – Tat It And See 2013#14 – Sweetheart Snowflake * #13 – Ringtrim – A Microdragon * #12 – Clover Drop Heart#11 – Morgan Mouse * #10 – Accidental Hearts * #9 – Tatted Snail * #8 – Tatted Cameo Pendant * #7 – Wedding Garter * #6 – Remembrance Ring * #5 – Pretty Tatted Kitty * #4 – 5 Point Celtic Motif#3 – Triangular Motifs * #2 – Dragon * #1 – Butterfly

Back view of baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

Back view of baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

Beautiful baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

Beautiful baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

Another view of the baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

Another view of the baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

Front view of the beautiful baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

Front view of the beautiful baby bonnet tatted by Kathleen Minniti.

 

Kathleen has tatted an adorable baby bonnet from Nellie Hall-Youngburg’s, Forty Original Designs in Tatting. It is tatted in Lizbeth, size 20 thread. A busy tatter, Kathleen has already worked up a second bonnet in white. Thank you for sharing Kathleen!

-Natalie

 

Happy Birthday Heather!

HappyBirthday

Happy Birthday Heather!

We hope you have a terrific day and enjoy a wonderful year of tatting fun!

Last year, I had the privilege of demonstrating tatting at the Historic Skills Fair. It was a nice relaxing day of tatting, teaching, and chatting. In fact, it was such a relaxed atmosphere that I forgot to take any photos until the event was over.

The mission overlooks a marvelous view and I had just found a setting on my phone’s camera that I didn’t know it had. So I managed to snap a few pictures of the view and none of the actual fair. This year I plan to get pictures of the fair as well as some additional view shots.

Luckily, one of the park staff managed to snap a couple photos at our booth. She took a shot of Jan’s tatting display, the baby booties I was working on, and Patti’s hands demonstrating a reverse half-hitch knot.

You can see  the other photos taken of the 2013 skill fair on the Coeur d’Alenes Old Mission State Park Facebook page.  Last year we were between a group of spinners and a gentleman with an interactive tutorial on how to prepare a musket cartridge.

There were many things to experience at the Historic Skills Fair. A gun shot sounded off the hour on Saturday. I wasn’t able to make Sunday, but I’m told that’s when they shot off the cannon on the hour.

There was a young lad demonstrating how to use flint and steel to start a fire. He was really good at it too (tended to take him two minutes or less for each fire he demonstrated).

There was a group of demonstrators explaining the various tools and techniques used to make the Cataldo Mission. I was informed that there were no metal nails used in the construction. They used a joining method with large wooden dowel pieces for nails. The restoration that has been done to the buildings is wonderful. It is a very peaceful place inside the church.

The fair also featured mountain men, several handmade craft vendors, and the Lion’s Club selling food. There was also a spot where you could learn how to make a rag rug.

My favorite booth (aside from our tatting one) was the blacksmith. He had set up a portable forge. The fire was memorizing (I could have easily watched it all day) and I’ve always wanted to learn more about the process. This is one craft I still would like to try my hand at.

I’m sure many of these amazing people will be back tomorrow and we will have a good showing from the guild. Come learn how to tat and take in the many other sites to see at the Historic Skills Fair.


 

Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 8:00amSunday, July 14, 2013 – 5:00pm

Cour d’Alenes’ Old Mission State Park at 31732 S. Mission Rd, Exit 39 I-90 , Cataldo, ID 83810

Contact: Kathleen Durfee @ (208) 682 3814 or old@idpr.idaho.gov


I hope to see you there!

-Natalie

Michele used various tatted bits and fake flowers to create this lovely arrangement.

Michele used various tatted bits and fake flowers to create this lovely arrangement.

 

Our May meeting featured fantasy flowers as the class project. Michele used her creativity to arrange this beauty! I love this arrangement! Thank you for sharing Michele!

- Natalie

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a tatting related challenge (usually in the form of a free tatting pattern link) and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  When a pattern link is provide, we will also post a picture of how our tatting turned out when we followed the pattern. Following the challenge, we will feature reader completions of past challenges. So submit your completed work whether it be from challenge #1, 29, or the current challenge. All submissions will be posted in the next week’s challenge.

Challenge Issued: Follow the linked pattern in any color combinations and thread sizes you choose.  [Variations of the pattern are welcome and encouraged.]  Then snap a picture and send it to sbspokane@yahoo.com with the subject line “Weekly Challenge” (or post it in the comments) to see your completed work featured as part of next week’s challenge post. Be sure to include the name you wish us to list with your photo – we want to give you credit! [There is no time limit on sending in your picture - feel free to send in any weekly challenge pictures (from last week or weeks/months ago) and we will feature them as part of the next Wednesday's post.]

Weekly Challenge #42 – Who & What Has Inspired You

I don’t have a new pattern for you this week. As you could probably guess by my absence, life has been a little busy (sewer pipe collapse, death of my cat, gaining two new kitties, job changes,… busy). During all this time, I have been tatting – just been working on things from published patterns or creating things I need to write down. As such, your challenge for today isn’t a new pattern.

You see, today I received an email from a friend that said I was a tatting inspiration and that got me thinking…

This week’s challenge is for everyone to reflect and share about their tatting inspirations.

Who or what inspires you to tat? Another tatter? A relative? A pattern?

What has sparked the creativity for you in tatting?

Has someone or something inspired you to tackle a tatting project that you might not have otherwise attempted?

I want to hear your stories. Please leave them in the comment section or email them to us. I look forward to sharing your stories (pictures to go with the story are encouraged, but not required) and will collect them to include with next week’s post (I have something in mind – so it won’t be months between challenges – sorry about that!)

In progress shot of a pegasus from Martha Ess' book, Flights of Fantasy (with slightly modified ear and tail).

In progress shot of a pegasus from Martha Ess’ book, Flights of Fantasy (with slightly modified ear and tail) and my cat, Klaus.

 

My challenge response:

I have been inspired by my friend (and tatting mentor), Donna. She taught me to tat and opened my eyes to the wonderful beauty of miniature knots. Some of the first patterns I tackled came from Patti Duff’s Minitats: A Collection of 69 Petite Motifs book and she taught me something new about the magic thread trick at the free tatting class earlier today. Anne B’s dragon pattern is what hooked me on tatting. Armed with just the very basics, I searched the internet for tatting patterns and her dragon was one of the first that I found. It sent me bugging my mentor about different techniques and spurred on my progress. I’m sure Donna heard the phrase, “Do I know enough to tat the dragon, yet?” more times than she needed to. My co-blogger, Davina, is also a talented bead maker and her beads have inspired a few of my creations. The Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild has been a great source of inspiration for me as I have been amazed by the tatting these wonderful ladies can do. Every pattern author we have featured has inspired me and it has been a joy to tat their work. In addition to tatters, I have also been inspired by flowers, sea creatures, and DNA strands. You never really know where inspiration might strike next!

In fact, I’m looking forward to being inspired by your responses and I hope you will be inspired by each other and the Spotlight Features over this next week!

Happy tatting!

Shuttlebirds’ Reader Spotlight: This is where your tatting will be featured each week you contribute.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 - Patti's Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color:  volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton 'Blendables' in a red/white/blue mix for Mom's.  Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #40 – Patti’s Lanyard. Stephanie decided to use her lanyards as eye glass chains. She used Perfect Quilter #17-wt (color: volcano) for the pair attached to the glasses and Sulky #12-wt cotton ‘Blendables’ in a red/white/blue mix for Mom’s. Red seed beads, size 11, on both.

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Inspirations

Take a look at all previous challenges and reader submissions here: https://sbspokane.wordpress.com/wednesdays-weekly-challenges/

If you have a free pattern you would like to see featured as part of the Weekly Challenge – let us know by leaving a comment or by sending an email to sbspokane@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing your creations!

- Natalie

#20 – Luna Moth * #19 – Little Owl Earrings * #18 – Hedgehog * #17 – Flower *#16 – Mrs. Platt’s Baby Booties #15 – Tat It And See 2013#14 – Sweetheart Snowflake * #13 – Ringtrim – A Microdragon * #12 – Clover Drop Heart#11 – Morgan Mouse * #10 – Accidental Hearts * #9 – Tatted Snail * #8 – Tatted Cameo Pendant * #7 – Wedding Garter * #6 – Remembrance Ring * #5 – Pretty Tatted Kitty * #4 – 5 Point Celtic Motif#3 – Triangular Motifs * #2 – Dragon * #1 – Butterfly

The 19th Annual Shuttlebirds Workshop will be held April 17th and 18th of 2015 in Spokane, Washington.

The theme for the workshop is “A Touch of Victorian Charm”.

There are 290 days left before the deadline for entry into the theme contest (283 if you are entering by mail).

You can compete against these talented tatters working hard on their entries:

frilka – I can’t wait to see what you tat up! I’m especially excited because you’ve decided to do something for the steampunk category!

{Your name could be here too! Just comment below that you plan on entering the contest and I will cheer you on each month!}

Contest Information

Theme:

Victorian Charm

Categories:

A. Edgings
B. Collar and/or Cuffs
C. Jabot
D. Other Clothing Trim
E. Wrist Bag
F. Steampunk
(one or two additional categories may be added at a later date)
 

Can I Enter?

Yes! This contest is open to tatters everywhere. Attendance at the workshop is not required.

How Many Entries May I Submit?

There is a limit of two entries per category (12 entries at the moment – more, if additional categories are added).

What Can I Enter?

Entries may be from a published pattern, an adaptation of a pattern, or original design.

Entries from a published pattern must list the source of the pattern.

Adaptation entries must include a picture of the original pattern for comparison.

Creativity is definitely encouraged!

How Do I Enter?

Each entry must be submitted with a completed entry form (I will let you know when entry forms are available) and received by noon, Friday, April 17, 2015 for those attending the workshop.

Entries submitted by mail must be received by Friday, April 10, 2015. Please include a completed entry form for each entry, a return label address, and sufficient postage for returning your entry after workshop (if you plan to attend the workshop on Saturday, return postage is not necessary).

Please mail entries to:

Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild
Attn: Theme Contest
PO Box 2622
Spokane, WA 99220
USA

Or you can send your entry with someone you know that plans to be at the workshop before noon on Friday, April 17th.

How Is The Winner Determined?

There will be one winner per category.

Judging will be by popular vote of the workshop attendees, with one vote per person per category.

When Do I Find Out If I Won?

Winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015, at the workshop. Winners will then be announced online within 48 hours of the end of workshop.

How Do I Get My Prize?

Winners attending the workshop will be awarded prizes after winners are announced.

Winners who submitted by mail will receive their prizes when their tatted entries are returned to them.

What Do I Win?

That, my friend, is a secret that will be revealed Friday, April 18, 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Pick a category, grab your shuttle, and get tatting!

I would love to see your tatting! There are so many lovely things that can be made. Please consider sending in your amazing tatting so that we can all oooo and ahhhhh over it next April!

Start planning your entries now.

Make sure you follow our blog so that you don’t miss the monthly reminders about this contest. If you comment below that you plan on participating in this contest, I will make sure to cheer you on by name in each contest reminder. I want to see your “touch of Victorian charm” on display in April!

~Natalie

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