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Archive for August, 2013

Shuttlebirds Spotlight – Michele – Bracelet

This bracelet was tatted by Michele Merrill. It is made from a pattern called Bracelet by Jennifer Williams. Very simple and fun to make. Tatted in Lizbeth #20 in Antique Violet.

This bracelet was tatted by Michele Merrill. It is made from a pattern called Bracelet by Jennifer Williams. Very simple and fun to make. Tatted in Lizbeth #20 in Antique Violet.

 

This bracelet was tatted by Michele Merrill. It is made from a pattern called Bracelet by Jennifer Williams. Very simple and fun to make. Tatted in Lizbeth #20 in Antique Violet.

This bracelet was tatted by Michele Merrill. It is made from a pattern called Bracelet by Jennifer Williams. Very simple and fun to make. Tatted in Lizbeth #20 in Antique Violet.

This bracelet was tatted by Michele Merrill. It is made from a pattern called Bracelet by Jennifer Williams. Very simple and fun to make. Tatted in Lizbeth #20 in Antique Violet.

This bracelet was tatted by Michele Merrill. It is made from a pattern called Bracelet by Jennifer Williams. Very simple and fun to make. Tatted in Lizbeth #20 in Antique Violet.

This beautiful violet bracelet was tatted by Michele from a pattern called “Bracelet” by Jennifer Williams. Michele did a very lovely job with it and I look forward to seeing it in person soon.

Thanks for sharing your bracelet with us Michele!

~Natalie

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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #18 – Hedgehog

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 #18 – Hedgehog

This week’s pattern was created by Nancy Tracy. It is an adorable little hedgehog. Make sure you check out Nancy’s other wonderful patterns. We have featured three other patterns of Nancy’s as previous challenges: #5 – Pretty Tatted Kitty ,  #9 – Tatted Snail, and #12 – Clover Drop Heart.

Hedgehog pattern: http://www.be-stitched.com/pattern0809hedgehog.php

Hedgehog designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers with bead selection by her youngest sister.

Hedgehog designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers with bead selection by her youngest sister.

You can find Nancy Tracy at any of these locations:

Website: http://www.be-stitched.com
Store: http://www.be-stitchedstore.com/
 
 

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #1 - Butterfly - Tatted by Bethaney Rogers.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #1 – Butterfly – Tatted by Bethaney Rogers.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 - Triangle Motif - Variation tatted by Bethaney Rogers.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 – Triangle Motif – Variation tatted by Bethaney Rogers.

Challenge Accepted - Weekly Challenge #17 - Tatted by Marie McCurry in Lizbeth, size 20, dk. purple.

Challenge Accepted – Weekly Challenge #17 – Tatted by Marie McCurry in Lizbeth, size 20, dk. purple.

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Hedgehogs

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

#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

Shuttlebirds Spotlight – Michele – Owl Earrings

Little Owl Earrings designed by tattabugg and tatted by Michele Merrill.

Little Owl Earrings designed by tattabugg and tatted by Michele Merrill.

These are owl earrings made from tattabugg’s “Little Owl Earrings” pattern. Michele used Lizbeth thread size 20.  You can find the pattern in the members forum on InTatters here: http://www.intatters.com/showthread.php?2022-Little-owl-earrings. These are adorable earrings!

They look great Michele!

Happy tatting!

~Natalie

Technique Tutorial: Split Ring (SR)

The split ring is a wonderful little technique and is used in a variety of patterns. It is most useful for creating one ring directly next to another in a pattern or for stepping up out of a round.  The first pattern I tackled that used split rings was Anne B’s Minor Norwegian Dragon (featured as Weekly Challenge #2). Please let me know in the comments if you have a link to a tutorial for split rings that is not mentioned here or if you have a request for a technique you would like to see featured. Thanks!

This page contains only split ring (SR) tutorials. A tutorial page for Single Shuttle Split Rings (SSSR) is planned in the future.

Links to Video Tutorials for Shuttle Tatters:

Split Ring Tutorial by Linda Davies – This YouTube video features audio instruction for two different hand positioning methods to achieve the split ring. This is the first time I have heard of the “dead spider” method. She explains the process well, but the camera is too far out to see the individual stitches. [Contains background music].

Frivolite-Tatting Lesson 12 – two-shuttle split ring by Karen Cabrera – This YouTube video features text instructions and close up video of the two hand positioning techniques for the split ring. [Video is silent].

Tatting – The Split Ring by 11 Frivole – This YouTube video features text instructions and close up video of the “dead spider” method. [Clock/metronome can be heard the entire video].

Tatting a Split Ring by tatmantats – This YouTube video features audio instructions and close up video of the “dead spider” method.

 

Links to Video Tutorials for Needle Tatters:

Tatting – Split Rings (SR.) in Needle Tatting by RustiKate – This YouTube video features a needle tatting split ring tutorial. I have never tried needle tatting. She is very good at explaining her steps, but I would prefer she move slower during the actual demonstration of the technique. I would also be worried that I would forget to re-thread the needle. [She tats very quickly].

Picture Tutorials:

How to make a Split Ring by Jon Yusoff – This tutorial blog post features step by step pictures and text directions of the “dead spider” split ring process.

 

Articles:

Two-Shuttle Tatting: Split Rings for the Terrified by Williams Daniel – This article shares a bit about the history of the split ring in addition to giving written instructions for the split ring for both needle and shuttle tatters.

 

Happy tatting!

~ Natalie

 

2014 Shuttlebirds Workshop – Call For Teachers

We are now accepting teacher applications for our 18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop, April 25-26, 2014. Our theme this year is “Tatting in Bloom”. For more information, click here. The teacher application is located here.

I am really looking forward to our next workshop and can’t wait to see the lesson choices offered. You can read about my experience from last year’s workshop here.

~ Natalie

Natalie’s One Year Tatting Anniversary Post

I’m the type of gal who likes to jump into things feet first and fully immerse myself in a new hobby. So here I am, a year later, looking back at how far my tatting has come. One year ago today, I took up my first shuttle. In fact, it was a year ago today that I learned about tatting. I’m sure some of the lace I have seen over the years used the technique, but I didn’t know what it was and would have, at that point, just assumed it was a form of crochet or knitting.

My tatting in the first few days, August 2012.

I am so happy that I know what tatting is now. I am very grateful to Donna for taking the time to teach me the basics on the first night and then for having the patience to teach me new techniques as the year went on. I love tatting. It has easily become my favorite form of crafting.

3108d-tattingadventures

I’m very enthusiastic about tatting, as many a person who has asked me what I am doing has found out. I’ve introduced several people to tatting over this past year (thirteen of whom sat with me for a basic lesson or more) and even taught the basics to several. My sister-in-law is my newest student. I taught her the basics during her recent visit and she is already reading patterns and completing motifs.

Bethaney’s first tatting from patterns. She was taught on August 12, 2013.

It is always exciting when the basics just click for a new tatter. I have the utmost adoration for any tatter that sticks with it and I’m proud of those that gave it a try. I have had a blast demonstrating at the Fall Folk Festival (as a newbie) and then at the Historic Skills fair.

Things tatted at the Shuttlebirds Guild Workshop, Guild Meetings, or made for the Theme Contest.

I consider myself very lucky to be a member of the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild. I’ve been taught several techniques at guild meetings and everyone is so friendly. I also really enjoy seeing all the various projects that other guild members are working on. Between that, InTatters, and Pinterest I have an ample stream of tatting inspiration.

Tatted Gifts and Jewelry.

When I first started tatting – I did all sorts of things to improve my skills. When I thought I had things down well enough, I decided to imitate some brilliant designers and try to tat a few of their designs just by looking at pictures. I also played around with various jewelry designs and had fun making tatted gifts for several family members.

Happy Accidents and Tatting Experiments.

I arrived at an accidental heart pattern from a mistake while trying to follow an antique pattern. I arrived at a snowflake pattern while tatting Gina’s lovely Wedding Garter pattern. I’ve even toyed with combining tatting and hairpin lace (thank you Donna for teaching me that too!) into a bracelet and liked the result.

Tatting challenge pieces.

I have had an amazing time challenging myself with a new free pattern each week and in turn challenging you, our readers. I really love doing the weekly challenge posts (even if over half of them have been tatted the night before in a panic). I am grateful for the wonderful tatting designers who have granted permission to link to their wonderful creations. I am also thankful for the readers who have accepted the challenge and sent in pictures. Your pictures inspire me to keep on tatting and make writing for this blog something I look forward to. Thank you!

Tatting done by Joyce and given to me as part of the tatting exchange! I love it all!

Another tatting highlight for me this year was participating in the “These are a few of my favorite things…” exchange on InTatters. I’ve made a delightful new friend who sent me a bunch of neat stuff including some amazing tatted pieces (pictured above). I will add pictures of what I sent her after she receives it (hopefully by Monday). I’m incredibly fascinated by the tatted doily bowl. She even shared the process for turning a doily into a bowl – I will definitely be trying this in the future.

Support, Encouragement, and Goals.

My drive to learn new skills was initially to achieve the goal of completing Anne B’s dragon pattern. I’m happy to say that I’ve made a few of these guys over the course of the year and will make several more in the years to come. My husband has also been very supportive of my new hobby. He spoiled me on our anniversary with a beautiful wooden shuttle and more thread (pictured above). There is no way I could have enjoyed this hobby and done so much in a year without his love and support. Thank you Bevan!

Meet T.A.S.C., my Tatting And Sewing Clank.

Meet T.A.S.C., my Tatting And Sewing Clank.

I have several goals for year two of my tatting adventure:

  • incorporate tatting into my 2014 SpoCon costume in a big way (I have an idea in my head that I can’t wait to see happen)
  • finish the tatting that I ran out of time to add to this year’s Agatha costume (trim for the skirts, a tatted Trilobite [in-progress], and some other decorative pieces [I only had time to add a little bit of tatting to T.A.S.C. – my Tatting and Sewing Clank – pictured above])
  • make a doily bowl
  • create 52 weekly challenges
  • meet more tatters (in person or online)
  • create several patterns
  • continue to participate in tatting demonstrations
  • finish the projects I started at the 2013 Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild Workshop
  • attend the 2014 Guild Workshop
  • keep on enjoying my tatting hobby

I hope you enjoyed my rambling self-reflection and I’d love to hear what you think about anything I’ve shared in the comments.

Happy Tatting!

~ Natalie

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #17 – Flower

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 #17 – Flower Small Motif

This week’s pattern was created by Jane Eborall. It is a lovely flower motif and I have fallen in love with it. If you look to closely at my picture you will find my mistake. Personally, I think it turned out beautiful, but I could be biased as it was worked up in my favorite color and now I look forward to fall.  Be sure to check out Jane’s other amazing patterns!

Link to her pattern, Small Motif: http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/Smallmotif.pdf

It can lay flat (especially if you don’t make my mistake of adding extra stitches), but I liked the way it was naturally curving. I hope you have as much fun with this pattern as I did.

You can find Jane Eborall at any of these locations:

Blog: http://www.janeeborall.blogspot.com/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tattingjane/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/janeeborall
Tatting Patterns: http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/

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

I hope to see some reader submissions next week! I love seeing what everyone tats!

Reader Submitted Flowers

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

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