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Spring fever???

As I sit here with melting snow and slushy roads, I dream of being at the 21st Annual Shuttlebirds “A Flurry of Flakes” tatting workshop on May 4-7, 2017. Just look at those pictures — gorgeous! This year we will be at the Ross Point Camp in Post Falls, Idaho. There is lodging available with motel-style rooms and RV sites. There are large gathering rooms for vendors and nonclass time along with plenty of recreational activities for our nontatting guests. Hurray as classes are filling up fast!

For more information, please see http://www.shuttlebirds.com/workshop2017.shtml





“A Flurry of Flakes” Theme Contest

img_5328Did you get signed up for the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild’s annual 21st workshop May 4-7? Hurry as classes are filling up fast! As part of the workshop, there is a theme contest. Yep, you guessed it, its called “A Flurry of Flakes.” The categories are:

  1. Mini – up to 1″ in diameter.
  2. Medium – 1-3″ in diameter.
  3. Large – over 3″ in diameter.
  4. Three-dimensional.

In addition, there are the classes of:

  1. Original design.
  2. Published design.
  3. Beaded design.

There is a limit of one entry per person, per category, per class — a limit of 12 total. So you could make a mini snowflake in an original design, a published design, and a beaded design. For more details, please see http://shuttlebirds.com/2017workshop/2017-Theme-Contest.pdf

Let your creativity flow…….like snowflakes falling to the ground.




Funds a little tight?


Feeling snowbound, wishing for spring? Yearning to go to the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild’s May 4-7 workshop “A Flurry of Flakes” but funds tight? Apply for a scholarship. Funds are available for your use…don’t hesitate to apply. Deadline is March 1st for applications. Hurray, it will give you hope for spring! Come check out our new meeting site this year. Click here for details http://www.shuttlebirds.com/2017workshop/STG-Scholarship-form.pdf

(Photograph compliments of STG member Laura Ast).

Last but not least, “A Flurry of Flakes” welcomes Natalie Rogers.

natalie Natalie is Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild past president and will be teaching Turkish Tatting at our workshop May 4-7, 2017. Hurry and sign up for classes as they are filling up fast.

Natalie descries herself as “I was introduced to tatting in August 2012 by Donna Barnes. I have enjoyed crafts my whole life and was quick to pick up on the basics of tatting. I started teaching friends and family how to tat within a few months of picking up my first shuttle, because the easiest way for me to know I’ve learned a new skill is to teach it. When I first started, I kept pace at around one new motif a week. My pace has slowed down, but I still love the challenge of learning a new technique. My first designs happened by accident as variations on patterns I was completing. Since those first few happy accidents, I have enjoyed purposefully designing many tatted pieces. I actively participate in Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild demonstrations. It is a delight introducing others to the art of tatting. I have had the honor of teaching at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 workshops.  When I’m not tatting, I teach at Bryant (Adv. Web Design, Computer Apps and Coding, Math 8, Geometry, Math Lab, FLL STEM Robotics 101, Invent Washington, and Advisory), play my guitar and sing in a geeky band called InFILKtion, make costumes, crochet, and enjoy a weekly gaming group. I have an amazing husband, Bevan, who supports my career and hobbies, and two adorable cats, Klaus and Kunoichi. I look forward to sharing my new patterns with you and hope to see you in one of my classes! Happy tatting!

Natalie will be teaching Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel.  Teacher:  Natalie Rogers

and Turkish Flower

Turkish Flower.  Teacher:  Natalie Rogers

For more information: http://www.shuttlebirds.com/workshop2017.shtml

Mary Anna Robinson, author of “The Tatting Stones” will be at “A Flurry of Flakes.”

mary-annaAll I can say is “WOW” when I read of Mary Anna’s tatting experience. She describes herself as “A resident of Springfield, OH, Mary Anna has been tatting since age 19. She completed her Tatting Teacher’s Certification with the Great Lakes Lace Group in Michigan, and is the author of “The Tatting Stones”. She is an active member of three tatting guilds and the International Organization of Lace, Inc. (IOLI). She enjoys learning new techniques and revisiting old ones. Mary Anna has demonstrated her art at The Fair at New Boston, in Springfield, OH, and many other heritage fairs and festivals in her area. She has taught classes and workshops in Montana, Virginia and Ohio and loves to attend tatting conferences whenever she is able. She holds basic shuttle and needle tatting classes regularly, and most recently taught an eleven year old the craft. Mary Anna can be found most Fridays at The Crafter’s Lodge, sitting in a comfortable chair waiting on new students and…tatting.”

Snowflake Gardner Angel.  Teacher:  Mary Anna RobinsonGenesis of a Snow Crystal 2.  Teacher:  Mary Anna RobinsonHarbinger of Snow.  Teacher:  Mary Anna RobinsonHere we have the Snowflake Gardner Angel, Snow Crystal 2, and Harbinger of Snow. (The Snow Crystals seem to be the rage on Facebook these days).


For more information, please see http://www.shuttlebirds.com/workshop2017.shtml

“A Flurry of Flakes” continues with Sherry Pence.”

This is the Curled Ring Snowflake by Sherry Pence who will be teaching at the Annual Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild Workshop May 4-7, 2017. She also is teaching the Celtic Weave Pendant Celtic Weave Pendant.  Teacher:  Sherry Pence, Ornament Earrings Ornament Earrings.  Teacher:  Sherry Pence,

Platonic Solid Cube Platonic Solid Cube.  Teacher:  Sherry Penceand last but not least is the Tatted Wreath

Tatted Wreath.  Teacher:  Sherry Pence

sherry-penceWhen asked to describe herself, she states, “I have been tatting for *gasp* 30 years. My tatting world opened up exponentially right here at Shuttlebirds in 2007 and I completed my Master Tatter Certification in 2009. I have enjoyed teaching at both Shuttlebirds and Palmetto Tat Days. In 2008-2009, I had the honor of introducing the art of tatting to the country of South Korea where it has since exploded into a popular “new art-form” in their country. Additionally, I am a ceramic artist. I have combined my love of pottery and tatting by creating the world’s first one-of-a-kind ceramic tatting shuttles. After discovering the online world of tatting in 2006, I found inspiration to follow other tatting pursuits such as blogging, designing, teaching and writing, making and selling tatting shuttles, hand dyed thread and other tatting related items. I have authored and published four tatting books and hope to do more in the future. In 2016, I had the honor of exhibiting my tatting in a month long gallery show. Over the years, I have won numerous prestigious awards for my work. I continue to strive sharing the old art of tatting with a fresh new look. And with all this said, I have a great sense of humor and definitely try not to take myself too seriously.”

For more information, please see http://www.shuttlebirds.com/

Karen Miner is teaching at “A Flurry of Flakes”, May 4-7, 2017.

Trellis Vine Pendant.  Teacher:  Karen Miner

Karen Miner is the next teacher Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild would like to introduce. When asked to describe herself, she states, “The best biography of myself is that I am a person who loves to be creative. It is in the creative process that I feel whole, balanced and grounded to the earth. I get my inspirations from everything around me. It can be as simple as seeing a bead, piece of fabric or trim. But a walk in the park, forest or beach can launch a creative idea. Then the process of drawing the design, auditioning the threads, beads, and other treasures is the best feeling. A spark ignites letting me know that the design is right and the making process begins. I have taught at several places including Camp Wanna Tat, Shuttlebirds, NW Lace Conference, Palmettos Tatters and at Jessica Spaulding’s Tatting Summit. Also, I have taught many individuals the art of tatting. I was a Superintendent at the Evergreen State Fair for 5 years overseeing the Crochet – Knit and Lace Department. I demonstrate at many events to encourage the continuation of the Lace Arts. My awards are many from Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Best of Show, Creative, Outstanding Exhibitor, and First Place Awards. I find it rewarding to learn from competition and judging critiques that provide helpful hints to better my execution of lace making. Currently I do not have a website or blog. I do however log all my work and keep records of my designs. My desire is to start a blog so that if people are interested in my work they can follow me. It is on my bucket list to start a blog.”

Royal Willows Pendant.  Teacher:  Karen Minerkaren


“A Flurry of Flakes” introduces instructor Judy Hendriksen


judy  Next on our list of instructors for the Shuttlebirds Annual Workshop on May 4-7, 2017, is Judy Hendriksen. Judy will soon be publishing her patterns on Etsy under the pattern name Tatting Points.

She describes her tatting experience as: “About 25 years ago I watched my boss tatting lace for the porcelain dolls she made. I had never seen anything so charming, and was immediately smitten. She showed me the basics, gave me a booklet of instructions, and sent me home. I happened to pick up a ball of variegated thread (which is the perfect thing to learn with) and taught myself to tat. Six years ago when my husband and I owned a charming bakery-cafe in Salt Lake’s historic Gardner Village, I needed winter decorations to hang in my lace-valanced windows. So I decided to design and tat 3 beaded snowflakes for each of the 22 window panes before the next Christmas season. I came up short of the mark, but ended up designing 54 snowflakes (some more successful than others). In the process, I devised ways to make “points” on the chains using Mini-Rings and Core Thread “Picots”. I also accidentally figured out a way to do front side tatting without thinking about it. In early 2016 I came out of my closet and joined Bonneville Tatters where I continue to learn new techniques monthly. It’s been great to join with other tatters who speak the same language.”

For more information regarding this workshop, please see http://www.shuttlebirds.com/workshop2017.shtml

Also, please note scholarships are available to help make the dream of attending this workshop come true!

Get the Point.  Teacher:  Judy HendriksenSnowballs.  Teacher:  Judy HendriksenIce Castle.  Teacher:  Judy Hendriksen




“A Flurry of Flakes” workshop introduces Mimi Dillman

BEANILE Split Ring Pendant and Earrings Set.  Teacher:  Mimi Dillman.

mimi  Does your list of New Year Resolutions include learning Beanile or cluny tatting? Your wish is our command– Mimi Dillman will be joining the Shuttlebirds workshop on May 4-7, 2017, to teach these tatting techniques.

Mimi is from the West Coast of Washington State. She has been tatting since the summer of 1982, when she taught herself the basics from a couple of general crafting books (back when there was no Internet!). After moving to the Seattle area a few years later, she joined the Lacemakers of Puget Sound  where she was lucky enough to learn more advanced techniques from mentors such as Monica (Mona) Hahn, Bev Dillon and Diana Howe. While cluny tatting has been a big focus, Mimi is also studying BEANILE lacemaking, taking as many classes from Nina Libin as she can. Mimi has taught at several Shuttlebirds’ Tatting Workshops; three Palmetto Tat Days workshops, Georgia Seitz’ Online Tatting class, as well as workshops in California, Oregon and British Columbia. Her patterns have appeared in Tatting With Friends (Georgia Seitz, editor), the Bulletin of the IOLI, Canadian Lacemaker Gazette, and Lacemakers of Puget Sound and Heartland Lace Guild newsletters.

I know you may think there is plenty of time to register, but registration will close March 27, 2017. Hurry and sign up for classes before they fill up. Here is the link for further information: http://www.shuttlebirds.com/workshop2017.shtml

The Spokane area is now in a “deep freeze’ with the expected low temperature to reach, or is that dip to, minus 1 tonight. What perfect weather to tat snowflakes 🙂

BEANILE Interlaced Necklace.  Teacher:  Mimi Dillman.








“A Flurry of Flakes,” introducing Karen Bovard Sayre, the self-proclaimed “Split Ring Tatting Queen.”

“A Flurry of Flakes” workshop teacher introductions continue with Karen Bovard Sayre. Karen will be teaching:

Snowflake in Split Rings

Snowflake in split rings.jpg

Vandyke Edging in Padded Split Rings


Karen’s Keltic


3 Color Variation of Pearl Tatting Technique


Karen is from Nebraska and is described as: “Karen has been dubbed the Split Ring Tatting Queen due to her obsession with authoring and publishing 7 books on the technique. Her first book in the series is considered the definitive introductory book on the subject and all subsequent books have given tatters very unique and modern patterns, designs and ideas on how to use this very versatile technique. Beyond SRT, Karen is also a self-professed “Tatting Technique Junkie”! She has also done a lot of innovative development work on Pearl Tatting Technique. Karen has taught extensively at several IOLI conferences, local and regional EGA workshops, and several years on national needlework show circuits where she focused on both advancing tatting technique and introducing and (hopefully) converting needleworkers to the wonderful world of tatting.”

More teacher descriptions to follow but sleep is calling me now…Happy Tatting!

For class descriptions and times, please see http://www.shuttlebirds.com/2017workshop/Class-Descriptions1.pdf


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