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Davina – Kaleidoscope Motif – Mignonette Shuttle Bag – Sparkle Tatting a GoGo – MacGyver Your Tatting Box

Meet Davina!

One of my first ever memories is my grandmother teaching me to crochet a chain so I would leave her alone so she could watch “All My Children” in peace. I also remember her surprise when I had chained thru the whole skein of yarn. In the 40+ years since that day, I have done everything I could to learn more and more.

As I grew up, my grandmothers thought me all the fiber arts, knit, crochet, embroidery and the like. In my rebellious teen years I experimented with clothing design, paper arts and poetry. In adulthood, I discovered the dark allure of power tools. I have spent the past decade mixing and mingling ideas and concepts together to produce the ideas and concepts that magically inhabit my brain until they reach fruition.

Over the years I have taught all ages, from Brownies to Eagle Scouts and beyond. I have published several tutorials on everything from Kumihimo to Lampwork to Resin Jewelry. I have won several awards over the years but the one I am most proud of is winning “Best of Show” in Tatting at the Spokane Interstate Fair this past September.

What She Will Be Teaching At Workshop:

Kaleidoscope Motif

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Class Type: Technique         Level: Intermediate

Class Limit: 15         When: Friday, 12:45 p.m. or Saturday, 9:15 a.m.

Class will focus on the techniques needed to make the kaleidoscope motif. Single motifs can be used as earrings while chains of motifs make amazing looking bracelets and necklaces. Also included will be some new, improved techniques for hiding ends and preparing tatted objects for the addition of jewelry fasteners.

Skills Required: Basic tatting skills plus split rings, and the ability to maintain a consistently tight tatted chain and string beads.

Techniques Taught: How to connect the rings so the motif maintains is strength and stability.

Materials: For the bracelet – 2 shuttles wound full CTM with 150 size 11 seed beads threaded into the center. Single colors are best for learning.

Kit: Optional, $3.50. Pre-strung beads in a pattern.


Mignonette Shuttle Bag

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Class Type: Technique             Level: Intermediate

Class Limit: 15                           When: Friday, 3:00 p.m.

Tat a cute beaded shuttle bag. Students will learn how to tat a flat base and then how to tat up the sides of the bag using the mignonette stitch. We will also cover how to complete the top of the bag. While you are working, we will discuss different ways mignonette can be used, alternative beading designs and technique and working with larger shuttles.

Skills Required: Ability to use 2 shuttles and the larger Tatsy shuttles, plus split rings.

Techniques Taught: Mignonette stitch and sizing.

Materials: These are thread and bead heavy designs. Registered students will be contacted in early March to discuss how to set up their own kit or for purchasing options.

Kit: Extra kits will be available in the vending area.


  Sparkle Tatting a GoGo

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Class Type: Technique           Level: Adv. Begin.

Class Limit: 15                         When: Saturday, 12:45 p.m.

Some designs just scream for a little something extra. In this class you will learn how to wind your shuttles with 1-3 pieces of filament and how to adjust your tension as you work to accommodate the extra threads. We will also cover what to do when things go wrong and how to get back on track. Bring a small motif, or one will be provided, to play with during class.

Skills Required: Basic tatting skills – ring, chain, picot, join.

Techniques Taught: How to set up, tat and finish a motif with an extra filament.

Materials: 1 empty shuttle and size 20 or larger thread.

Kit: Required, $2.00, includes filament and pattern. Extra kits will be available in the vending area.


 MacGyver Your Tatting Box

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Class Type: Technique               Level: All

Class Limit: 15                            When: Saturday, 3:15 p.m.

After 2 long days of learning and tatting, let’s take some time to sit together and go through all the fun items in my tatting box. From hackle pliers to rubber tubing, I will share all my hints and tricks. And when I am done, it will be your turn to share your best ideas with the rest of the class. A prize will be awarded for the most unique or surprising idea.

Skills Required: A sense of humor is a must.

Techniques Taught: How to look at just about anything and everything and say “I could use that to tat with, on, for, around, under, over and inside.

Materials: Bring your most unique or surprising idea.

Kit: None


 

Register for Workshop

19th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop

April 17-18, 2015

Theme: A Touch of Victorian Charm

For registration information click here!

We look forward to seeing you!

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop: Classes for Saturday 3:15 – 5:15 pm

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop April 25 - 26, 2014 Theme: Tatting in Bloom

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop
April 25 – 26, 2014
Theme: Tatting in Bloom

 

The deadline for online registration is today, March 31, at 9 pm!  Click here for workshop details. Join us for a tatting adventure. Registration will be accepted via e-mail, mail, and at the door, but this is the last day to get the early bird deal.

beaded beautiful

Beaded Beautiful with Davina Achen This class is full. Come explore the various ways to use beads within tatting.

Small 3D Flower Hairclips with Jessica Spaulding Make 3D flowers using a single shuttle for these adorable hairclips.

Small 3D Flower Hairclips with Jessica Spaulding
Make 3D flowers using a single shuttle for these adorable hairclips.

Lily Pad Pincushion with Karey Solomon Create a lotus flower and lily pad to place on a small pin cushion.

Lily Pad Pincushion with Karey Solomon
Create a lotus flower and lily pad to place on a small pin cushion.

More Half-Closed Rings with Jean Reeves Learn how to make a string of rings that begin and end at the same place.

More Half-Closed Rings with Jean Reeves
Learn how to make a string of rings that begin and end at the same place.

Crazy Quilt Embellishing with Lauren Snyder Embellish a crazy quilt block with tatted lace and beads.

Crazy Quilt Embellishing with Lauren Snyder
Embellish a crazy quilt block with tatted lace and beads.

Priscilla's Shamrock with Georgia Seitz Using a picot guage to make measured picots, tatters will create a shamrock motif.

Priscilla’s Shamrock with Georgia Seitz
Using a picot guage to make measured picots, tatters will create a shamrock motif.

Night Light Assembly with Cheryl Birch TIme to assemble the night lights you have been working so hard on.

Night Light Assembly with Cheryl Birch
TIme to assemble the night lights you have been working so hard on.

The Unwind After Class Club with Mary McCarthy – Take time to unwind, finish up a project, and/or swap techniques with fellow tatters.

I get to enjoy a class at this point in the workshop. I look forward to learning new techniques.

Come make some wonderful tatting memories with a terrific group of tatters!  Make new friends and learn new techniques while sharing your tatting with others!

Workshop registration information can be found here!

Happy Tatting! International Tatting Day is tomorrow, April 1st. How will you celebrate and what will you tat? Leave a comment below and let me know! I plan on bringing some spare shuttles, loaded with size 3 thread, to teach a few co-workers the basics at lunch. I will also be wearing some of my tatting.

~ Natalie

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop: Classes for Saturday 12:45 – 2:45 pm

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop April 25 - 26, 2014 Theme: Tatting in Bloom

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop
April 25 – 26, 2014
Theme: Tatting in Bloom

 

The deadline for online registration is March 31!  Click here for workshop details. You don’t want to miss out on this weekend of tatting adventure!

Buttons of Fun with Davina Achen This class will cover the multiple wonderful uses of buttons to enhance your tatting.

Buttons of Fun with Davina Achen
This class will cover the multiple wonderful uses of buttons to enhance your tatting.

Tatting a Rosie RIng with Georgia Seitz Drawing on vintage sources and simple designs, the tatter will learn to fill spaces with just rings to create beautiful collages.

Tatting a Rosie RIng with Georgia Seitz
Drawing on vintage sources and simple designs, the tatter will learn to fill spaces with just rings to create beautiful collages.

Robyn Bracelet with Natalie Rogers This bracelet combines tatting and hairpin lace.

Robyn Bracelet with Natalie Rogers
This bracelet combines tatting and hairpin lace.

Leaf Pendant with Patty Markley This class is full. Tatters in this class will created a beautiful leaf from a tatted chain.

Leaf Pendant with Patty Markley
This class is full. Tatters in this class will created a beautiful leaf from a tatted chain.

Needle Tatted Dragonfly with Wendy Griffin This cute dragonfly will help teach the needle tatter how to keep multiple thread colors from tangling.

Needle Tatted Dragonfly with Wendy Griffin
This cute dragonfly will help teach the needle tatter how to keep multiple thread colors from tangling.

Twisted Tatting Bracelet with Jessica Spaulding. She will be demonstrating a two color ring technique.

Twisted Tatting Bracelet with Jessica Spaulding This class is full. She will be demonstrating a two color ring technique.

Pensive Pansies Bookmark with Karey Solomon She will teach her students how to make a beautiful arrangement of pansies.

Pensive Pansies Bookmark with Karey Solomon
She will teach her students how to make a beautiful arrangement of pansies.

Gift Tags & Needle Case with Cheryl Birch – Learn creative ways to embellish gift tags and needle cases with tatting.

 

I love the bracelet pattern that I get to teach for the workshop. I designed it as a gift for my mum-in-law, Robyn. It will be a fun class to teach.

I hope you’ll join us for a weekend of creativity and terrific tatters! I greatly enjoyed the workshop last year and I am looking forward to this year’s workshop!

Workshop registration information can be found here!

Happy Tatting! What are you doing for International Tatting Day (April 1st)? Leave a comment below and let us know!

~ Natalie

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop: Classes for Friday 12:45 to 2:45 pm

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop
April 25 – 26, 2014

Theme: Tatting in Bloom

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop April 25 - 26, 2014 Theme: Tatting in Bloom

18th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop
April 25 – 26, 2014
Theme: Tatting in Bloom

I am super excited about this year’s workshop! It will be my second year attending and my first year teaching. I get to share several of the patterns I’ve made and teach a stitch designed by Ninetta Caruso. You’ll hear about the three classes I’m teaching over the next few days. For now, I’d like to talk about Friday’s classes. Full descriptions of classes and registration forms for the workshop can be found here: http://shuttlebirds.com/workshop2014.shtml

A lucky fifteen will have the privilege of attending Georgia Seitz’ all day Self-Improvement Course. Her class is full, but there are many more options for the rest of us to pick from.

Twisted Tatting Bracelet with Jessica Spaulding. She will be demonstrating a two color ring technique.

Twisted Tatting Bracelet with Jessica Spaulding. She will be demonstrating a two color ring technique.

Cockatoo Night Light with Cheryl Birch. She will be her class through a night light project that features a cockatoo based on Jane Eborall's pattern.

Cockatoo Night Light with Cheryl Birch. She will be her class through a night light project that features a cockatoo based on Jane Eborall’s pattern.

Shuttle Savy with Davina Achen (my talented co-blogger). She will be covering various tips and techniques to make your shuttles uniquely yours.

Shuttle Savy with Davina Achen (my talented co-blogger). She will be covering various tips and techniques to make your shuttles uniquely yours.

Pearl Tatted Bookmarks with Lauren Snyder. This lovely pattern uses pearl tatting and split rings to create unique bookmarks.

Pearl Tatted Bookmarks with Lauren Snyder. This lovely pattern uses pearl tatting and split rings to create unique bookmarks.

Half-Closed Rings with Jean Reeves. She will be teaching how to tat over half-closed rings to create split rings with a single shuttle.

Half-Closed Rings with Jean Reeves. She will be teaching how to tat over half-closed rings to create split rings with a single shuttle.

Double Zinnia Petals Motif with Karey Solomon. She will be demonstrating how layered tatting can add texture to a piece without causing it to become technically complicated.

Double Zinnia Petals Motif with Karey Solomon. She will be demonstrating how layered tatting can add texture to a piece without causing it to become technically complicated.

Dahlia Flowers with Sally Biggers. She will be using an adaptation of Linda S. Davies' Pom Pom Dahlia pattern to create a layered 3D flower.

Dahlia Flowers with Sally Biggers. She will be using an adaptation of Linda S. Davies’ Pom Pom Dahlia pattern to create a layered 3D flower.

I do hope that you will consider joining us for a wonderful weekend of tatting! Keep an eye out for posts on the rest of the classes (or click here to see them all for yourself without the wait).

~Natalie

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