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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.

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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 #10 – Accidental Hearts

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 #10

This week’s pattern was my first accidental variation while following a pattern.  Accidents can be very pretty things. You are getting one of my patterns this week for a couple of reasons. One is that I have company in town (my awesome Mum-in-law and my Aussie grandmother, who is currently visiting the states) – so I’m a bit pressed for tatting time. Secondly, today is a day that I remember my forever 13 brother – I love and miss him lots. So hearts for everyone. Family is wonderful and I do hope that everyone is able to take some time to enjoy their family and friends.

Accidental Heart Pattern (click to download pattern as a word document)

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Source for the pattern I was following – “Priscilla Yoke Ear Rings” provided by Elain Gan on her blog: http://tattingpatterns.blogspot.com/2012/03/priscilla-yoke-earrings.html You should check out the other patterns she has on her blog as well!

The pattern for the original medallion can be found in Priscilla Yoke Book by Georgette Batt (for a pdf copy visit: http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org). It is located on pages 32 and 33.

You can find 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 #9 - Snail tatted by Tara Snow-Burch. "My oops on the head. Lizbeth size 20 in leafy greens."

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #9 – Snail tatted by Tara Snow-Burch. “My oops on the head. Lizbeth size 20 in leafy greens.”

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Challenge #9 - Snail tatted by Marie McCurry. He is done in Lizbeth, size 20, mocha brown med and mountain breeze.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Challenge #9 – Snail tatted by Marie McCurry. He is done in Lizbeth, size 20, mocha brown med and mountain breeze.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #1 - Butterfly tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie size #10.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #1 – Butterfly tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie size #10.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #7 - Variation of Gina Bea's Wedding Garter Pattern. Variation created and tatted by Natalie Rogers (I'm allowed to accept my own challenge, right?). Tatted in Lizbeth size 20 and colors Niagara Falls and Elderberry Jam. This is mock 1 of the variation. I'm currently working on a draft 2 that fixes some things.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #7 – Variation of Gina Bea’s Wedding Garter Pattern. Variation created and tatted by Natalie Rogers (I’m allowed to accept my own challenge, right?). Tatted in Lizbeth size 20 and colors Niagara Falls and Elderberry Jam. This is mock 1 of the variation. I’m currently working on a draft 2 that fixes some things.

I love seeing new reader submissions! Thanks for submitting!

Reader Submitted 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

Wednesday’s Weekly Challenge #9 – Tatted Snail

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 #9

This week’s pattern is another designed by the talented Nancy Tracy. We previously featured her Pretty Tatted Kitty as Challenge #5. This week’s pattern is an adorable snail.

http://www.be-stitched.com/pattern0704snail.php

Snail designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread size 20 and color Elderberry Jam (#177).

Snail designed by Nancy Tracy. Tatted by Natalie Rogers in Lizbeth thread size 20 and color Elderberry Jam (#177).

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 #5 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #5 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Autumn Apple Pie.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #4 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Vineyard Harvest.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 - Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Raspberry Frappe.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #3 – Tatted by Rachel Warpness in Raspberry Frappe.

Challenge Accepted - Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #8 - Tatted by Marie McCurry.  This one was made with Lizbeth, size 20 blue river glades and seagreen light. She made the zig-zag 5/5/5/5-5/5/5/5-  instead of 10/10-10/10.

Challenge Accepted – Reader Submission for Weekly Challenge #8 – Tatted by Marie McCurry. This one was made with Lizbeth, size 20 blue river glades and seagreen light. She made the zig-zag 5/5/5/5-5/5/5/5- instead of 10/10-10/10.

Reader Submitted Snails

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

 

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