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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!

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

Drive-By Wednesday Challenge #41

This is just a quick challenge, I didn’t want another week to go by without one but since it took me till 15 minutes ago to realize why I couldn’t get my pics transferred I don’t have time for something long.
I started this before workshop, to mark my scissors but it just didn’t get done in time. But from now on, no one will be touching my good scissors, or they lose a finger (Evil Laugh escaping)
The pattern is by Kathy Lowe and includes instructions for 5 & 7 character names. Since Davina is only 6 letters, I added a heart to the end. The beads can be purchased in the kids craft department at just about any store. Make sure you use the smaller beads or they won’t fit.
I used an old cell phone clip that I modified to attach the piece to my scissors. I also edited some of the rings and added a tassel because I love tassels.
The pattern can be found here NamePlate
And as always, we wanna see what you make! Even if it is from one of our first challenges, we want to see it so we can show everyone else.

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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

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.

Elegant Tatting Gems by Jon Yusoff

I love tatted snowflakes. They are usually quick, easy projects with wonderful results. Elegant Tatting Gems by Jon tattedgemsYusoff includes 18 snowflake patterns that only take about 1.5 to 5 hours each, depending on skill level. I was able to complete 13 of the 18 designs before I ran out of my selected thread. I tried to stretch it by adding in some white so if you are planning to do them all make sure you have 2 balls before starting.

Elegant Tatting Gems: A collection of snowflake designs
Jon Yusoff
Published 2011
Final Grade: A-

Price 21.95
Soft Cover
Full Color
ISBN # unavailable

Pattern Presentation: Grade B+
Each snowflake pattern includes a diagram and written instructions and a clear picture of the completed item. Patterns are easy to follow and several have interesting techniques that will challenge most tatters but are presented in such a way that beginners should be able to figure them out.
Patterns requiring more than one shuttle are color coded to help the tatter know which shuttle should be used as the ball thread.
The only problem I had with following the patterns is that the first half of the book is that the pattern and the picture are not visable at the same time when the book is propped open. it can be disconcerting to be working on one diagram and looking at the picture of another snowflake. This is only for the first 9 patterns. The second half of the book the picture and the diagram are together.

Pattern Variety: A-
While some patterns seem to fall together into the same families, in my opinion, each snowflake has its own personality.

Finishing Off: A-
None of the patterns include suggested placement for Magic Threads, tatters familiar with the technique should be able to discern proper placement before they begin. For most patterns, I included one in the first ring and the final chain.
14 of the 18 snowflakes are completed using 2 shuttles wound CTM so once completed, there are only 2 ends to hide. 3 of the remaining patterns require 2 rounds and the last one calls for 3 rounds to complete.

Final Thoughts:
I really enjoyed tatting from this book. I would recommend it to most tatters. I know Jon Yusoff has 2 other books and I look forward to seeing if they are of the same calibre.

Did I get it right? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. We would also love to see pictures of any snowflakes you have made from this book.

Davina-Marie

Below are my snowflakes. They have not been blocked and I am severely lacking when it comes to photography skills. I used lizbeth Blue Ice #163

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