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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.

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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 #9 – Tatted Snail

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 #9

This week’s pattern is another designed by the talented Nancy Tracy. We previously featured her Pretty Tatted Kitty as Challenge #5. This week’s pattern is an adorable snail.

http://www.be-stitched.com/pattern0704snail.php

Snail designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread size 20 and color Elderberry Jam (#177).

Snail designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread size 20 and color Elderberry Jam (#177).

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 #5 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Raspberry Frappe.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Raspberry Frappe.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #8 - Tatted by Marie McCurry.  This one was made with Lizbeth, size 20 blue river glades and seagreen light. She made the zig-zag 5/5/5/5-5/5/5/5-  instead of 10/10-10/10.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #8 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. This one was made with Lizbeth, size 20 blue river glades and seagreen light. She made the zig-zag 5/5/5/5-5/5/5/5- instead of 10/10-10/10.

Reader Submitted Snails

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

 

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #7 – Wedding Garter

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 #7 – Wedding Garter

“Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue.”
 

This week’s pattern is provided by Gina Butler. Gina was sweet enough to find an updated version of her pattern for us to use… and if that isn’t awesome enough, she located the file while running on generator power during a power outage caused by the recent OK storms. That makes her pretty awesome in addition to being creative.

Updated PDF: Wedding Garter2013

Tatting patterns including original garter pattern: http://www.ginabea.com/tatting.php

I started the pattern in a size ten and realized that I wanted to use a smaller thread. So I turned it into a bookmark.

I started the pattern in a size ten and realized that I wanted to use a smaller thread. So I turned it into a bookmark.

Garter pattern in progress.

Garter pattern in progress.

I followed Gina's suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of "...something blue." The photo album in the background features my wedding cake which my sister-in-law made.

I followed Gina’s suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of “…something blue.” The photo album in the background features my wedding cake which my sister-in-law made.

I followed Gina's suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of "...something blue."

I followed Gina’s suggested variation of removing one of the 4-1-4-4-1-4 rows to fit the elastic I had purchased. I used Lizbeth thread size 20 color 158 (Niagara Falls) thinking of “…something blue.”

Helpful resources for completing this pattern:

Pdf on dimpled hearts: http://www.ginabea.com/docs/HeartStrings09.pdf

Video: Tatting dimpled ring heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6rIkMt3K4o

When you get to the second row of the garter, Gina’s headband videos may prove helpful:

You can find more wonderful designs by Gina at any of these locations:

Blog: http://ginabea.blogspot.com/
Website: www.ginabea.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ginabea1630
 

I look forward to seeing what you create with Gina’s pattern. It has potential to be turned into so many things (bracelet, anklet, necklace, bookmarks, etc.) in addition to the beautiful garter it already is.

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Michele Merrill. Here is the Pretty Tatted Kitty attached to a greeting card. I think I used size 5 thread.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Michele Merrill. Here is the Pretty Tatted Kitty attached to a greeting card. I think I used size 5 thread.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Michele Merrill. "Here is my Pretty Kitty Kat. Used thread from my stash so not sure of size."

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Michele Merrill. “Here is my Pretty Kitty Kat. Used thread from my stash so not sure of size.”

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry.  This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread.  The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry. This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread. The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry.  This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread.  The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance Ring tatted by Marie McCurry. This one was done with two strands of metallic, sewing thread. The ring is a size 5.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Davina-Marie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Davina-Marie.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #2 - tatted by Davina-Marie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #2 – tatted by Davina-Marie.

Reader Submitted Garters (and Variations)

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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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #6 – Remembrance Ring

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 #6 – Remembrance Ring:

“Tie a string around your finger so you won’t forget.”

This week’s challenge pattern was designed by Marilee Rockley (Yarnplayer). She is a very talented designer and even hand dyes thread! She has happily let us use one of her free patterns for this challenge.

Remembrance ring pattern: http://yarnplayertats.blogspot.com/2009/11/remembrance-tatted-ring.html

This is a great pattern for a pretty ring made of tatted rings (and a few chains).

Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

Weekly Challenge #6 - Yarnplayer's Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

Weekly Challenge #6 – Yarnplayer’s Remembrance ring tatted by Natalie Rogers. Lizbeth thread size 20 color Jewels (113).

If you are up for an extra challenge try to work the ring continuously.  If you start on a chain, instead of the ring, you can end the first round with a split ring (just make sure you connect the starting and ending chains of round 1 together before you work the split ring). Then you begin round 2 with a split ring and continue around as the pattern instructs. This is what I did, because I wanted the fewest amount of tails to sew in at the end.

You can find more wonderful designs by Yarnplayer at any of these locations:

Blog:  http://yarnplayertats.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yarnplayer.page
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarileeRockley
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/yarnplayer
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yarnplayer/
Etsy: http://yarnplayer.etsy.com
Craftsy pattern store: http://www.craftsy.com/user/570730/pattern-store
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/marilee-rockley/35/a78/703
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/marileerockley/

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 - Tatted by Marie McCurry. This cat was done in Lizbeth, size 20, mocha brown med and dk. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. This cat was done in Lizbeth, size 20, mocha brown med and dk. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Reader Submitted Remembrance Rings

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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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

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