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Spokane Interstate Fair

For my family, putting entries in the fair is a tradition that goes way back. I can remember as a child going and seeing my Great Grandma’s entries. Back then, the Arts and Crafts overflowed 2 buildings. Unfortunately, these days, the entries barely fill most of the smaller one. It was the Spokane Interstate Fair that lead me to the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild last year. Without them, I would never had figured out shuttle tatting (thanks Lois) and been able to complete the piece below.


There she is, that is my baby. Those that follow me on Facebook know that I almost ripped out ever last grey hair on my head finishing her up. She is a modification of a pattern by Leopold Stocker Verlag. Her book is written in german but she has some excellent graphs. If you wish to purchase the book, you need to make sure you purchase the right ISBN. There are 2 versions, one has the peacock, one does not. The proper ISBN number is 978-3-7020-1334-9. If you have any questions, I know Deb at DS9Designs can help make sure you get the right one.


The pattern in the book is worked in a single color of thread, like on the cover. To me, that just didn’t capture the beauty of the male peacocks in all their glory. I started playing with different ways to add color inserts in the tail motifs. I started with building the centers one color at a time but that meant way to many ends to tuck in. I tried straight encapsulation but that left one side of my split rings lumpy and the other smooth. I finally came up with a way to carry threads forward on both sides of the split rings. at times I had 6 separate shuttles hanging from my fingers.


Anyone want to help tuck in some loose ends?

Anyone want to help tuck in some loose ends?

In the ends, I think it was all worth it. She is going to be framed and hung on my wall for a very long time.

Did you have an entry in your local fair? Lets see those pictures!

Spokane Interstate Fair Tatting Entries Open

It is that time of the year, the Spokane Interstate Fair has uploaded the sewing exhibitor guide for the 2013 Fair. You can find the Exhibitors Guide by following the link. Sewing is part of the Sewing Department, J. There are 4 tatting specific lots:
Class 8, Lot 24, Tatted Bookmarks
Class 8, Lot 25, Tatted Doily
Class 8, Lot 26, Tatted Edging
Class 8, Lot 27, Tatted Other, specify
However, tatted items can be entered into any class and lot that does not specify the technique used. If you have any questions, please ask. Many Guild members have experience with the entry forms and process and are willing to help you out.
Shuttlebirds are again awarding one skillful tatter a $50 to DS9Designs for the Best Tatted Article in Class 8.
Entry forms are due August 6th, 8 weeks from today.
Articles are due at the fairgrounds September 3, 12 weeks from today.

It would be great if we could have 100% of the eligible guild members entered. With the open lot, #27, you can enter just about anything, a project from a guild meeting or something you learned from workshop. if it is complete and the threads are all tucked in nicely, it can be entered.
If dropping off or picking up your items are an issue, maybe we can work out some sort of fair tatting carpool.
I tell you from experience, it is always fun to visit the fair and see something you made on display.

REMINDER: Shuttlebirds will be doing a live tatting demo at the Fair again this year. Join us or come out and support us.


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