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Join Us Tomorrow at the Cataldo Mission – Historic Skills Fair 2014

Last year, I had the privilege of demonstrating tatting at the Historic Skills Fair. It was a nice relaxing day of tatting, teaching, and chatting. In fact, it was such a relaxed atmosphere that I forgot to take any photos until the event was over.

The mission overlooks a marvelous view and I had just found a setting on my phone’s camera that I didn’t know it had. So I managed to snap a few pictures of the view and none of the actual fair. This year I plan to get pictures of the fair as well as some additional view shots.

Luckily, one of the park staff managed to snap a couple photos at our booth. She took a shot of Jan’s tatting display, the baby booties I was working on, and Patti’s hands demonstrating a reverse half-hitch knot.

You can see  the other photos taken of the 2013 skill fair on the Coeur d’Alenes Old Mission State Park Facebook page.  Last year we were between a group of spinners and a gentleman with an interactive tutorial on how to prepare a musket cartridge.

There were many things to experience at the Historic Skills Fair. A gun shot sounded off the hour on Saturday. I wasn’t able to make Sunday, but I’m told that’s when they shot off the cannon on the hour.

There was a young lad demonstrating how to use flint and steel to start a fire. He was really good at it too (tended to take him two minutes or less for each fire he demonstrated).

There was a group of demonstrators explaining the various tools and techniques used to make the Cataldo Mission. I was informed that there were no metal nails used in the construction. They used a joining method with large wooden dowel pieces for nails. The restoration that has been done to the buildings is wonderful. It is a very peaceful place inside the church.

The fair also featured mountain men, several handmade craft vendors, and the Lion’s Club selling food. There was also a spot where you could learn how to make a rag rug.

My favorite booth (aside from our tatting one) was the blacksmith. He had set up a portable forge. The fire was memorizing (I could have easily watched it all day) and I’ve always wanted to learn more about the process. This is one craft I still would like to try my hand at.

I’m sure many of these amazing people will be back tomorrow and we will have a good showing from the guild. Come learn how to tat and take in the many other sites to see at the Historic Skills Fair.


 

Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 8:00amSunday, July 14, 2013 – 5:00pm

Cour d’Alenes’ Old Mission State Park at 31732 S. Mission Rd, Exit 39 I-90 , Cataldo, ID 83810

Contact: Kathleen Durfee @ (208) 682 3814 or old@idpr.idaho.gov


I hope to see you there!

-Natalie

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #15 – Tat It And See 2013

WARNING!!!! Natalie is out this week, tatting away like crazy so I am in charge of this week’s Challenge.
 My apologies in advance.

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 #15 -Surprise! Jane Eborall Tat it and See 2013

This week’s pattern is from Jane Eborall and is one of her yearly Tat it and See. The idea behind it is that you don’t know what you are making until you get to the end, unless you figure it out sooner. I did this earlier in the year and it was a lot of fun, especially when you are working with a magnificent pattern writer like Jane. The trick is NOT to look ahead. You will be tempted. You will think, just a little peek. Don’t, just do that day, Then move to the next. Since we are doing this late in the game, we do get the advantage of having all days available so we can work it all in one sitting if we wish. But work them in order, one at a time and enjoy the challenge.

In order to finish this before the nest Wednesday Challenge, I am going to do 2 days at a time. After a few days I will set up another post so we can post pictures as we follow along. Lets get this started.

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/

I warn you, clear your day before you head out to Jane’s blog. She has no much information and free patterns you will look up and find out your whole afternoon is lost. I know from experience. Enjoy.

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge 14 - Snowflake Heart tatted by Marie McCurry in done in Lizbeth, size 20, boysenberry dk and azelea med.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge 14 – Snowflake Heart tatted by Marie McCurry in done in Lizbeth, size 20, boysenberry dk and azelea med.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #12 - Tatted by Wanda Salmans.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #12 – Tatted by Wanda Salmans.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 - Tatted by Wanda Salmans.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 – Tatted by Wanda Salmans.

I love seeing new reader submissions! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted

{Reader Submitted Gallery To Be Added At A Later Date}

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!

– Davina

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #14 – Sweetheart Snowflake

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 #14 – Sweetheart Snowflake

This week’s pattern is a variation of Gina Butler’s Garter pattern. This variation was created by Natalie Rogers. It is shared here with Gina’s permission. The idea for a snowflake came to me as I was working through Gina’s lovely garter pattern. I had hoped to have it ready for you last week as a “Christmas in July” type post, but my computer did not cooperate with me. So here it is a week later. I hope you enjoy it!

I haven’t written up very many patterns – so please tell me if you find a mistake or have suggestions. Thanks!

Pattern: Sweetheart Snowflake (click this link to download pdf pattern)

Sweetheart Snowflake pattern variation by Natalie Rogers. Original pattern is Gina Butler's garter. This snowflake variation is shared with permission from Gina.

Sweetheart Snowflake pattern variation by Natalie Rogers. Original pattern is Gina Butler’s garter. This snowflake variation is shared with permission from Gina.

I made this one for my Nanny June when she visited from Australia.

I made this one for my Nanny June when she visited from Australia.

You can also find me at any of these locations:

Blog: http://rosecoloredglasshalffull.blogspot.com/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/natalekku/
InTatters:  NataLekku

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 - Tatted by Marie McCurry. She tatted her baby dragon in Lizbeth, size 20, tropical punch.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. She tatted her baby dragon in Lizbeth, size 20, tropical punch.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #12 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #12 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness

I love seeing new reader submissions! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Sweetheart Snowflakes

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 #13 – Ringtrim – a Microdragon

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 #13 – Ringtrim – a Microdragon

This week’s pattern was designed by Anne Bruvold. Anne’s Flying Minor Norwegian Dragon was featured as Challenge #2. Anne created Ringtrim for tatters to practice their tatted rings. This pattern utilizes both single shuttle split rings and split rings. The wing also allows tatters to practice throwing a ring off of a split ring. If you choose to work in a single color you can get away with just split rings, but I encourage you to make him as directed at least once.

A special thanks to Shuttlebirds Guild Member, Denice Lewis, for bringing this cute pattern to my attention! You can see several dragons Denice tatted and shared at our last guild meeting in the reader submissions section below.

Pattern: Ringtrim – A Microdragon http://www.nuperelle.net/drager/monstre/RingtrimEng.pdf

Ringtrim designed by Anne Bruvold. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Ringtrim designed by Anne Bruvold. Tatted by Natalie Rogers. He makes for a cute hair-clip buddy.

Ringtrim designed by Anne Bruvold. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Ringtrim designed by Anne Bruvold. Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

You can find Anne Bruvold at any of these locations:

Blog: http://nuperelle.blogspot.com/
Twitter: solurab
InTatters: AnneB
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/anne-bruvold
 

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

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #12 - Tatted by Marie McCurry in Star tatting thread size 80.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #12 – Tatted by Marie McCurry in Star tatting thread size 80.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 - Tatted by Denice Lewis.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 – Tatted by Denice Lewis.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 - Tatted by Denice Lewis.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 – Tatted by Denice Lewis.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 - Tatted by Denice Lewis.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #13 – Tatted by Denice Lewis.

I love seeing new reader submissions! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted

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

Historic Skills Fair 2013 – Cataldo Mission

Last weekend, I had the privilege of demonstrating tatting at the Historic Skills Fair. It was a nice relaxing day of tatting, teaching, and chatting. In fact, it was such a relaxed atmosphere that I forgot to take any photos until the event was over.

The mission overlooks a marvelous view and I had just found a setting on my phone’s camera that I didn’t know it had. So I managed to snap a few pictures of the view and none of the actual fair.

Luckily, one of the park staff managed to snap a couple photos at our booth. She took a shot of Jan’s tatting display, the baby booties I am working on, and Patti’s hands demonstrating a reverse half-hitch knot.

You can see  the other photos taken of the skill fair on the Coeur d’Alenes Old Mission State Park Facebook page. If you are local, you should add attending next year’s Historic Skills Fair to your calendar (it should be the weekend of the 2nd Sunday of July).

We were between a group of spinners and a gentleman with an interactive tutorial on how to prepare a musket cartridge.

There were many things to experience at the Historic Skills Fair. A gun shot sounded off the hour on Saturday. I wasn’t able to make Sunday, but I’m told that’s when they shot off the cannon on the hour.

There was a young lad demonstrating how to use flint and steel to start a fire. He was really good at it too (tended to take him two minutes or less for each fire he demonstrated).

There was a group of demonstrators explaining the various tools and techniques used to make the Cataldo Mission. I was informed that there were no metal nails used in the construction. They used a joining method with large wooden dowel pieces for nails. The restoration that has been done to the buildings is wonderful. It is a very peaceful place inside the church.

The fair also featured mountain men, several handmade craft vendors, and the Lion’s Club selling food. There was also a spot where you could learn how to make a rag rug.

My favorite booth (aside from our tatting one) was the blacksmith. He had set up a portable forge. The fire was memorizing (I could have easily watched it all day) and I’ve always wanted to learn more about the process. This is one craft I still would like to try my hand at.

Then Sunday was my 6th year wedding anniversary. The only reason I’m including this is because my awesome hubby got me a beautiful handmade shuttle and tatting supplies as my anniversary gift.

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #12 – Clover Drop Heart

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 #12 – Clover Drop Heart

This week’s pattern was designed by Nancy Tracy. It is a beautiful heart motif. We have featured two other patterns of Nancy’s as previous challenges: #5 – Pretty Tatted Kitty and #9 – Tatted Snail. She has several other wonderful tatting patterns on her website.

Pattern: http://www.be-stitched.com/pattern0505heart.php

Clover Drop Heart designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth size 20 and colors Niagara Falls and Elderberry Jam.

Clover Drop Heart designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth size 20 and colors Niagara Falls and Elderberry Jam.

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 #11 - Tatted by Marie McCurry. The first one has 4-4 for the ears and the second one has 5+5 for the ears.  They are both made with Lizbeth, size 20, fruit fizz.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. The first one has 4-4 for the ears and the second one has 5+5 for the ears. They are both made with Lizbeth, size 20, fruit fizz.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 - Tatted by Marie McCurry. The top mouse was tatted in Lizbeth, size 20, springtime.  After making him, she thought he needed bigger ears.  The second mousy was tatted with Lizbeth, size 20, blue river glades.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. The top mouse was tatted in Lizbeth, size 20, springtime. After making him, she thought he needed bigger ears. The second mousy was tatted with Lizbeth, size 20, blue river glades.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 - Tatted by Marie McCurry and made with crochet rayon.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 – Tatted by Marie McCurry and made with crochet rayon.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #10 - Tatted by Marie McCurry in Lizbeth, size 20, raspberry pink med and shell pink lt.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #10 – Tatted by Marie McCurry in Lizbeth, size 20, raspberry pink med and shell pink lt.

Tatted by pattern creator Wanda. Here is Morgan made on a slightly smaller,  6-point finding. Made in Lizbeth Christmas Red & Turquoise Light size 20.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 – Tatted by pattern creator Wanda Salmans. Here is Morgan made on a slightly smaller, 6-point finding. Made in Lizbeth Christmas Red & Turquoise Light size 20.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #11 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness.

I love seeing new reader submissions! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Clover Drop Hearts

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

Shuttlebirds Spotlight – Tera – Red Doily

Tera has been working on a lovely red doily. Here is the result of her tatting. I really like the motif she used.

Tatted by Tera.

Tatted by Tera.

She told me at one point what the pattern was, but I forgot to write it down. I’ve been informed that the pattern is a motif that is on the cover of Easy Tatting by Rozella Linden.

I am always amazed at the larger tatting projects.  I realize how much time and energy goes into them.  I have yet to venture into making a large piece. I am in awe of the people who have and I hope to one day join them in that accomplishment.

Happy tatting!

-Natalie

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