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Archive for May, 2013

Baby, Booties, and Ooops.

Lexi 8 hours old

Lexi 8 hours old

tattingfingers Welcome my little Lexi! There seems to be some confusion, my eldest who gave birth to her last Saturday is under the delusion that since she carried her for 9 months, Lexi belongs to her. But we all know she will love Grandma the most. The fun details are as follows:

Born 5/25/2013, 9:50 am
Name: Alexandria Isabella
Weight 6.08
Length 19
Labor: Couldn’t have been easier.

As you can see in the picture, she has the longest, thinnest fingers I have ever seen. Her hands are just perfect for tatting. I can not wait to but her that first shuttle.

Now, lets talk booties. I made the pair in the picture following the Mrs. Platt pattern from 1916. You can read more about it and get the pattern Here. My daughter packed them in her hospital bag so Lexi could wear them right after she was born. It took over 5 minutes to get her tiny little feet squeezed into the booties just long enough to snap a photo. Even as tiny as she is, the booties were too small. I think most of the issue was with the length but it was hard to judge while she was squirming. I think the situation can be solved by adding more length when making the sole at the bottom of each. I am going to work on making her a larger set and will update the pattern when I get some good measurements.

In all the excitement, I lost my tatting bag. Luckily, all it had in it was a single project and 2 shuttles but I didn’t want to have to start the medallion again. When it was found in the laundry I was excited, until I realized it had gone through the washer. The piece that is completed is so soft and loose, I don’t know if I should continue or just trash it for a new one. Have any of you ever had something like this happen? Any suggestions? Please leave your advice in the comments below.

Davina

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Thank you for 1000+ Views, Meeting Reminder, and Hairpin Lace

Thank You for 1000+ Views!

So the math nerd in me loves the stats page. If you can picture how excited a little kid gets when they hear the ice cream truck on a hot summer day – then you can picture how excited I was to see that this blog passed 1000 views on Wednesday.

We have readers from all over the world!  To each of you, I say thank you! (If I left out your country, please let me know in the comments and I will add it in! I’m sorry if I missed it.)

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Meeting Reminder

Tomorrow is the June Shuttlebirds Guild Meeting.

When: Saturday, June 1st from noon to 3 pm

Where: Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church (4449 N Nevada St)

Program:  Heather R. has cancelled her Photographing Tatting class. Instead we will be working on Gina Butler’s “Bride’s Garter” suggested by Jeri C.

The pattern can be found here: http://ginabea.com/

Click on tatting patterns and then Wedding Garter. The pattern can be adapted to make a bracelet or bookmark. Please print and bring your copy for class. A limited number will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Hairpin Lace and Tatted Bracelet

Hairpin lace is the newest skill I’ve learned.  I played around with it and a bit of tatting and came up with this bracelet that I made for my Mum-in-law.  What do you think?

Hairpin lace and tatted bracelet.

Hairpin lace and tatted bracelet.

Hairpin lace and tatted bracelet.

Hairpin lace and tatted bracelet.

Hairpin lace and tatted bracelet.

Hairpin lace and tatted bracelet.

Happy tatting!

~ Natalie

An Apology

I have neglected you all. I have so many blog posts to write and they are still just marinating in the brain juice. I really haven’t a good excuse, I have a GREAT one. As of 9:50am pst last Saturday, I am an official grandma to the most beautiful baby girl born in the past 16 years.
Between finishing up projects for her (including a heart and crossbones blanket and a batman themed tutu) and driving 300 miles to see her amazing entry into the world, I have not been able to sit down and write a post that would be coherent to anyone but the voices in my head.
If you give me a few more days, I promise you it will be worth it.
Thank you
Granny
Nana
grandmama
Nona
Meemaw
Undecided.

(Davina-Marie)

 

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #5 – Pretty Tatted Kitty

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will 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.

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” 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 #5 – Pretty Tatted Kitty:

This week’s challenge pattern was designed by Nancy Tracy. It is linked here with her permission, but be sure to check out the rest of her lovely tatting pattern designs at http://www.be-stitched.com.

Pretty Tatted Kitty pattern: http://www.be-stitched.com/files/kitty.pdf

Pretty Tatted Kitty designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers. Perle Iris thread size 8 color 5020.

Pretty Tatted Kitty designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers. Perle Iris thread size 8 color 5020.

I look forward to seeing the cats everyone tats!

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

Tatted by Mary McCurry with Lizbeth, size 20;  azalea, springtime, and leaf green light. [Front view]

Tatted by Mary McCurry with Lizbeth, size 20; azalea, springtime, and leaf green light. [Front view]

Tatted by Mary McCurry with Lizbeth, size 20;  azalea, springtime, and leaf green light. [Back view]

Tatted by Mary McCurry with Lizbeth, size 20; azalea, springtime, and leaf green light. [Back view]

Reader Submitted Cats

Check out 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

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #4 – 5 Point Celtic Motif

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will 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.

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” 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 #4 – 5 Point Celtic Motif:

This week’s challenge pattern was designed by Sue Hanson.  According to Sue, this design has been made into Easter eggs, broaches, earrings, centers of crosses, decorated prayer caps, handbags, and more.  I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

http://freespace.virgin.net/bo.hanson/Tatting/Celtic5PointMotif/Celtic5PointMotif.html

This was my first foray into Celtic patterns and I love it.  The pattern was easy to follow and the pictures of the individual rounds proved helpful.  I’ve turned the one I tatted into a necklace pendant.  I hope you have as much fun with this pattern as I did.  Thank you Sue Hanson for sharing your pattern and letting us use it!

5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie.  Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie. Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie.  Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fushion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).
5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie. Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).
Even the back of the motif looks pretty! 5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie.  Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fushion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

Even the back of the motif looks pretty! 5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie. Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

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

Tatted by Marie McCurry. This was done in Lizbeth, size 20, denim whispers.  This motif reminds me of Anne B's dragon face.  The triangles would make a wonderful doily. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Tatted by Marie McCurry. This was done in Lizbeth, size 20, denim whispers. This motif reminds me of Anne B’s dragon face. The triangles would make a wonderful doily. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Tatted by Marie McCurry. The triangles were turned into a three-headed dragon.  Lizbeth, size 20, autumn spice. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Tatted by Marie McCurry. The triangles were turned into a three-headed dragon. Lizbeth, size 20, autumn spice. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Reader Submitted Celtic Motifs

Check out 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

Tatter of the Month – May 2013

Patty Markley, Shuttle Tatter, Guild member since 1998 or 1999 and current vice-president.

When did you first learn about tatting?

My Grandmother tatted and made me pillowcases with tatted edgings.

When did you start tatting?

1997

Who taught you to tat?

My Grandmother showed me how when I was about 10, but she lived in Wyoming and we lived in Texas so I never remembered it. In 1997 I met a lady at church and she showed me how again. Her name is Dianne Yorke and she is Patti Duff’s cousin. She introduced me to the Workshop and the Guild.
What tatting skill do you want to learn?

All that I can

What is the largest project that you have tatted?

A 15 inch diameter Ann Orr doily and a tatted collar.

Collar tatted by Patty Markley.

Collar tatted by Patty Markley.

Who is your favorite designer?

Linda Davies and Jan Stawasz
Favorite tatting book?

Tatted Treasures by Jan Stawasz and Mary Konior’s Visual Tatting
Favorite thing to tat?

Hanky edgings
Favorite thread colors?

Subtle variegations and leaf green
Favorite thread brand?

I like the Lizbeth thread
Have you ever made your own pattern?

Yes, a hairpin lace and tatting snowflake and a baby bonnet.
What is your favorite thing you have tatted so far?

The Ann Orr doily

Ann Orr doily tatted by Patty markley

Ann Orr doily tatted by Patty Markley

Do you have any other hobbies?

Yes, I like to sew and piece quilts.
Anything else you would like other tatters to know about you?

I am a member, currently vice president of the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild and have been a past president. I am married for 39 years and have two grown daughters neither of which want to learn to tat. I taught my Dad to tat and he loved it till he died.

 

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #3 – Triangular Motifs

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly Challenge.  Each Wednesday we will be posting a link to a free pattern and challenging you, the reader, to try it.  In addition to the pattern link, we will 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.

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” 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 #3 – Triangular Motifs:  As I was searching for the free pattern to use this week I came across the DMC Library Tatting book on http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/. This book as well as many others hosted on the Antique Pattern Library website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. The pattern that caught my eye was the Triangular Motifs (Plate IV, figure 23, p.37-38 of the pdf file).

It’s a simple motif that was tatted over and over.  For what I wanted to do, I only needed three repeats of the motif, because within the pattern – one of my fandoms was calling me.  I’m a geek and the triforce from the Legend of Zelda was plain for me to see.  So I quickly dug out my shuttles and filled them with a variegated yellow thread.

The motif pattern can be found in the above links.  I am copying it here in abbreviated format for those who prefer it that way.

Triangular Motifs

R: 3-3-3

R: 3+6-6-3

R: 3+3-3

R: 3+6-6-3

R: 3+3-3

R: 3+6-6+3

I look forward to seeing what you create with this triangle motif!  Happy tatting!

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Triforce from triangle motif tatted by Natalie Rogers. Perle Iris thread size 8 color 5020.

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Tatted Triforce with Master Sword and Shield.

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

Dragon by Marie McCurry  The dragon (one of my favorite patterns) was done in Lizbeth, size 20,  salmon med and ocean turquoise dark.

Dragon by Marie McCurry (response to W.W.C. #2)
The dragon (one of my favorite patterns) was done in Lizbeth, size 20, salmon med and ocean turquoise dark.

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Dragon tatted by Donna Barnes

Reader Submitted Triangles

Join the Challenge – Take a look at the complete list of free pattern tatting 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

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