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Continue to Spread the Joy of Tatting

Wanda shared her lovely bookmarks and reminds us that part of the International Tatting Day tradition is also eat chocolate.

Wanda shared her lovely bookmarks and reminded us that part of the International Tatting Day tradition is also to eat chocolate.

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Saturday! We had a nice guild meeting this afternoon and are gearing up for the workshop later this month. I am really excited for it. It’s time to prepare my tatting kit for my classes and my list of threads and books to look for with the vendors. I love getting to see all the thread color variety in person!

The round robin is getting a reboot in May.

It was great meeting the new guild members and catching up with the others.

I had the joy of watching my friend get hooked on tatting last night and I can’t wait to see her tat her first dragon. (It’s a fun pattern to be drawn toward!)

I’m working on a dragon lanyard for my name badge currently. What are you working on? Leave a comment below to let us know or e-mail us a picture to see it featured in a future blog post.

Happy Tatting!

– Natalie

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Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #29 – Paprika the Dragon

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 #29 – Paprika the Dragon

This week’s pattern is by the talented Martha Ess! She has several wonderful patterns. You should check out all the places she is online (and her books!). I especially find her “Tatting Origins” blog to be an interesting read.

Pattern: Paprika the Dragon

Paprika the Dragon - Pattern by Martha Ess - Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Paprika the Dragon – Pattern by Martha Ess – Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Such an adorable dragon! I love it!

You can find Martha Ess at the following locations:

Blog: Martha’s Tatting Blog
Blog: Tatting Origins
Pattern Page: Tat’s Amoré 
Etsy: esstats
 
 

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

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #23 - Pumpkin Earrings - Tatted by Terry.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #23 – Pumpkin Earrings – Tatted by Terry.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #24 - Pumpkin Patch Necklace - Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #24 – Pumpkin Patch Necklace – Tatted by Natalie Rogers.

I love seeing what everyone tats! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted Dragons

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

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.

3108d-tattingadventures

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 #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

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #4 – 5 Point Celtic Motif

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 #4 – 5 Point Celtic Motif:

This week’s challenge pattern was designed by Sue Hanson.  According to Sue, this design has been made into Easter eggs, broaches, earrings, centers of crosses, decorated prayer caps, handbags, and more.  I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

http://freespace.virgin.net/bo.hanson/Tatting/Celtic5PointMotif/Celtic5PointMotif.html

This was my first foray into Celtic patterns and I love it.  The pattern was easy to follow and the pictures of the individual rounds proved helpful.  I’ve turned the one I tatted into a necklace pendant.  I hope you have as much fun with this pattern as I did.  Thank you Sue Hanson for sharing your pattern and letting us use it!

5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie.  Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie. Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie.  Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fushion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).
5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie. Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).
Even the back of the motif looks pretty! 5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie.  Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fushion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

Even the back of the motif looks pretty! 5 Point Celtic Motif tatted by Natalie. Lizbeth thread size 40. Round 1 color Purple Iris Fusion (162). Round 2 & 3 colors Pink Blossoms (176) and Peacock Blues (149).

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

Tatted by Marie McCurry. This was done in Lizbeth, size 20, denim whispers.  This motif reminds me of Anne B's dragon face.  The triangles would make a wonderful doily. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Tatted by Marie McCurry. This was done in Lizbeth, size 20, denim whispers. This motif reminds me of Anne B’s dragon face. The triangles would make a wonderful doily. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Tatted by Marie McCurry. The triangles were turned into a three-headed dragon.  Lizbeth, size 20, autumn spice. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Tatted by Marie McCurry. The triangles were turned into a three-headed dragon. Lizbeth, size 20, autumn spice. Check out her blog: http://westpinecreations.blogspot.com/

Reader Submitted Celtic Motifs

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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