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“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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