Monday, April 28, 2008
Tatting has come a LONG way baby!
This is a super "close up" picture of a tatted parasol that I was told is over 200 years old. It is tatted with size 100 or smaller thread. This was tatted before the discovery of the "picot join", so as you can see every join is hand tied together. Can you imagine?
Here is another picture of the same piece:
I have a lot of respect for my foretatters! I wish they could see what we are doing now. And it makes me so excited to see where tatting is headed. We are limited only by our imaginations.
I leave for Korea 1 week from today. Yikes, it's all happening too fast! I got absolutely zero tatting done this weekend. I was delusional when I thought I might have time to tat...ha! I am busier than Lucy at the chocolate factory!
I wanted to share more pictures from Shuttlebirds:
I took a "Block Tatting" class from Bev Dillon, who is a marvelous lady! Block tatting seems to be all the rage right now and I tried it awhile back but I felt like I was doing something wrong. I am a visual learner people, I NEED to see it demonstrated. Guess what? I was doing it wrong and Bev set me straight... and now I have lot's of designing ideas...Whoo hoo! The above picture is block tatting from my friend Karen. Isn't her work lovely? She picked it up right away and we had a lot of fun in class talking about future block tatting ideas!
Here is a picture of me and Mimi. I think we are the same height but I was cheating with heals.
(Meaning, we are both on the "un-tall" side.) Mimi is a very gifted teacher! If you ever get a chance to take one of her classes, I most highly reccommend it!
I wanted to show you the necklace I am wearing in this photo....look familiar? Yes, I have posted about this in the past. It is completely continuously tatted with one unbroken length of hand dyed thread.
This was tatted in YarnPlayer's "TigerEye" and I had a great time bragging on Marilee at the convention....Yes I did!
There is a lot of interest in how I do this kind of tatting and I started to talk about the technique with some of the tatting wizards who came to Shuttlebirds and I learned something new about myself. I'm not so great a teacher! Sad but true. I think it's because I learn visually so I would have to teach visually, hence the reason why I haven't been able to write this down and share it with you all sooner. BUT, one of my first priorities when I get settled after this move is to make a little video to show you how this is done....VISUALLY and for those who learn best from books, perhaps one of you other wizards can help me write it down....eh?
And finally, a little side note about the shop! I will close my Etsy shop Thursday night. Everything will ship on Friday. It will re-open as soon as I get internet connection once I am in Korea. I have no idea how long this will be. Hopefully only a few days....I guess we'll have to see!