Words from the Knot House


Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake. Little snowflake falling from the sky. Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake. Falling, falling, falling, falling, falling, falling, falling, falling, falling, falling on  my head (http://bussongs.com/songs/little-snowflake.php).

Wow, that nursery rhyme gets in your head. Did I get your attention? The theme of the 2017 Shuttlebirds Workshop is, you guessed it “Snowflakes.” This is the perfect time of year to start making snowflakes. Shuttlebirds will host their annual workshop May 4-7, 2017, at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, Idaho. The contest this coming year is to make up to 12 different snowflakes. The categories include mini, medium, large, and three-dimensional sizes plus the classes are original design, published pattern, and beaded design. Each snowflake must have six to eight points and be tatted in white thread. Please see Shuttlebirds.com for more details. You need not be present to participate.

Picture yourself sitting in a comfy chair, drinking hot chocolate by the fire, tatting and singing”Snowflakes.” Enjoy!


Wow, the 20th Anniversary of the Shuttlebirds Annual Tatting Workshop was a blast! It was so fun to see tatters from around the country including Canada, Texas, Utah, Georgia, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, and even Illinois. Okay, back to amulets: Mimi Dillman taught two classes on Beanile Lace–earrings and a special amulet pouch that Nina Libin designed for our 20th anniversary. Here are three pouches that Shuttlebird members shared with me at our last guild meeting:

Made by Sherry  Burgess:

Sherry amulet

Made by Kathleen Minniti:


Made by Michele Merrill:


Great class and great instructor–Thank you Mimi Dillman!!!!!!




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We had many beautiful entries in our theme contest!

Thank you to all our wonderful participants!

Happy Tatting!

Show and Tell

Our yearly workshop is coming up quickly on April 15 & 16–our 20th anniversary!!! Preparations are pretty much in place and we are all excited to learn new techniques and start new projects (if you are anything like me, my list just keeps growing of items I would like to tat). Also our monthly meeting last weekend had lots of Show and Tell Items. Here are just a few to share:

Laura Ast made this darling butterfly mobile for her granddaughter:

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Jan Barwick has been working on an edging for towels:


A favorite of  the Shuttlebirds is the lanyard designed by Patti Duff and tatted by Colette Rubin:


Last but definitely not least is the cup designed by Davina Achen, kind of says it all LOL:




Hi All,

Its me again! I wish I had more time to tat! I see people in the group Just-Tatting on Facebook posting multiple times daily. How do they find the time? I had planned on tatting all day today and starting another heart for the “Tatting From the Heart Contest” at our upcoming tatting workshop but chose to cook and bake instead to make my husband happy. Mistake, I should have tatted instead, would have been more satisfying, ha, ha. How often do you get a chance to tat? Daily? Every few days? Constantly? Back to the hearts, I have gotten a few done. My first time tatting with buttons which is a nice look. I also have a metal filigree I want to tat onto. So many possibilities! Have you been tatting hearts for the tatting contest at our workshop?










Interlaced rings

So I had this great idea of learning interlaced rings in order to make a bracelet. Wow, I have a lot to learn, plus I could use a few more fingers, ha, ha. You would never know that this bit of tatting took me an evening and part of the next day! My thanks to Muskaan’s T*I*P*S at  http://www.tipsaroundthehome.blogspot.in/2014/11/how-to-start-interlaced-rings.html for her great tutorial or I would have never gotten the hang of it! I will put this in my toolbox of ideas and get back to the bracelet later as I want to work on hearts for our Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop which is in April.

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Another version of interlaced rings is from Frivolite. I think I actually like this one a bit better as I did not need quite so many fingers. Actually, it was pretty easy to do with the help of the YouTube video located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ESsbFva82Q.

Happy tatting :-)  Michele




Michele worked on her doily for International Tatting Day.

It is looking great Michele!

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