One of my first ever memories is my grandmother teaching me to crochet a chain so I would leave her alone so she could watch “All My Children” in peace. I also remember her surprise when I had chained thru the whole skein of yarn. In the 40+ years since that day, I have done everything I could to learn more and more.
As I grew up, my grandmothers thought me all the fiber arts, knit, crochet, embroidery and the like. In my rebellious teen years I experimented with clothing design, paper arts and poetry. In adulthood, I discovered the dark allure of power tools. I have spent the past decade mixing and mingling ideas and concepts together to produce the ideas and concepts that magically inhabit my brain until they reach fruition.
Over the years I have taught all ages, from Brownies to Eagle Scouts and beyond. I have published several tutorials on everything from Kumihimo to Lampwork to Resin Jewelry. I have won several awards over the years but the one I am most proud of is winning “Best of Show” in Tatting at the Spokane Interstate Fair this past September.
What She Will Be Teaching At Workshop:
Class Type: Technique Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 15 When: Friday, 12:45 p.m. or Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Class will focus on the techniques needed to make the kaleidoscope motif. Single motifs can be used as earrings while chains of motifs make amazing looking bracelets and necklaces. Also included will be some new, improved techniques for hiding ends and preparing tatted objects for the addition of jewelry fasteners.
Skills Required: Basic tatting skills plus split rings, and the ability to maintain a consistently tight tatted chain and string beads.
Techniques Taught: How to connect the rings so the motif maintains is strength and stability.
Materials: For the bracelet – 2 shuttles wound full CTM with 150 size 11 seed beads threaded into the center. Single colors are best for learning.
Kit: Optional, $3.50. Pre-strung beads in a pattern.
Mignonette Shuttle Bag
Class Type: Technique Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 15 When: Friday, 3:00 p.m.
Tat a cute beaded shuttle bag. Students will learn how to tat a flat base and then how to tat up the sides of the bag using the mignonette stitch. We will also cover how to complete the top of the bag. While you are working, we will discuss different ways mignonette can be used, alternative beading designs and technique and working with larger shuttles.
Skills Required: Ability to use 2 shuttles and the larger Tatsy shuttles, plus split rings.
Techniques Taught: Mignonette stitch and sizing.
Materials: These are thread and bead heavy designs. Registered students will be contacted in early March to discuss how to set up their own kit or for purchasing options.
Kit: Extra kits will be available in the vending area.
Sparkle Tatting a GoGo
Class Type: Technique Level: Adv. Begin.
Class Limit: 15 When: Saturday, 12:45 p.m.
Some designs just scream for a little something extra. In this class you will learn how to wind your shuttles with 1-3 pieces of filament and how to adjust your tension as you work to accommodate the extra threads. We will also cover what to do when things go wrong and how to get back on track. Bring a small motif, or one will be provided, to play with during class.
Skills Required: Basic tatting skills – ring, chain, picot, join.
Techniques Taught: How to set up, tat and finish a motif with an extra filament.
Materials: 1 empty shuttle and size 20 or larger thread.
Kit: Required, $2.00, includes filament and pattern. Extra kits will be available in the vending area.
MacGyver Your Tatting Box
Class Type: Technique Level: All
Class Limit: 15 When: Saturday, 3:15 p.m.
After 2 long days of learning and tatting, let’s take some time to sit together and go through all the fun items in my tatting box. From hackle pliers to rubber tubing, I will share all my hints and tricks. And when I am done, it will be your turn to share your best ideas with the rest of the class. A prize will be awarded for the most unique or surprising idea.
Skills Required: A sense of humor is a must.
Techniques Taught: How to look at just about anything and everything and say “I could use that to tat with, on, for, around, under, over and inside.
Materials: Bring your most unique or surprising idea.
Register for Workshop
19th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop
April 17-18, 2015
Theme: A Touch of Victorian Charm
For registration information click here!
We look forward to seeing you!