Words from the Knot House

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/


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



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




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” workshop teacher introductions continue with Karen Bovard Sayre. Karen will be teaching:

Snowflake in Split Rings

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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


As promised, Shuttlebirds will introduce you to the teachers for our “A Flurry of Flakes” workshop May 4-7, 2017. We will begin with Debbie Arnold, owner of http://www.DS9Designs.com.   debbie-arnold

Debbie describes herself as: “I have been playing with thread and yarn since I was about 9, but only learned to tat in 1995. I didn’t like tatting very much due to hiding those darned ends until Randy and Gary Houtz showed me how to tat over tails and how to do the magic thread trick. After that, I tatted frequently and thoroughly enjoyed the technique. I have been designing patterns since 1999 and enjoy teaching intermediate and advanced techniques. I have taught at Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop, Palmettos Tat Days, Camp Wanna Tat, Finger Lakes Tatting Conference and Sunflower Lacers. My online business is http://www.DS9Designs.com.”

Debbie will be teaching multiple classes on snowflakes:

Onion Ring Snowflake Onion Ring Snowflake.  Teacher:  Debbie Arnold

Beaded Snowflake Beaded Snowflake.  Teacher: Debbie Arnold

Celtic Style Snowflake Celtic Style Snowflake.  Teacher:  Debbie Arnold

Back & Forth Snowflake


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

***Of special note is that Debbie will be a vendor at our workshop so come learn a new design or technique and shop!!***

I have been busy tatting tiny snowflakes for nametags for our workshop, which incidentally make great earrings 🙂 Happy Tatting!!!


(Pattern is from “Tatted Snowflakes” by Vida Sunderman, entitled Sparkling Snowflake).



Now that Christmas is over, we can concentrate on the upcoming Shuttlebirds 2017 workshop of “A Flurry of Flakes”, May 4-7, 2017. This snowy weather certainly puts me in the mood to tat more and more snowflakes! You can either register by regular or Snail mail (opens December 27 at noon (PST) and goes through March 27, 2017; or online (which also opens at noon (PST) on December 27 and goes through March 27, 2017, at 9 p.m. (PST).

Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild Scholarships are also available!!!! Applications will be accepted from now until March 1, 2017. Please go to Shuttlebirds.com and download the application. A great way to come and enjoy, even if funds are low (especially after Christmas).

We will focus on the teachers and events along with other fun stuff, such as the theme contest, for the workshop weekly through this blog. You can also go to our webpage to get a preview.

A quilt will be raffled again this year. Your chance to win this gorgeous quilt donated by Roberta Waines will only cost you a mere $5. Of note, this lucky tatter (me) won a quilt last year. What fun!!!!!


As I sit here watching snowflakes come down, I am winding shuttles to tat more snowflakes too 🙂 Hum, beaded or not beaded today? Happy Tatting!!!




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