Much to my delight the theme of this year's tatting convention was "Butterflies are Free".
Here is the shirt which was designed by Suzanne Muir. I was so pleased that she used two of my butterflies as part of the design.
The two days were packed with tatting activities and shopping and visiting and teaching and selling....wow...no wonder I am so tired!
I took classes with Dale Pomeroy, Patti Duff, and Bev Dillon. I learned stacked dimensional tatting, the dizzy picot and Maltese rings.
I taught how to predict thread usage, keeping shuttles organized with multi shuttle tatting, inter-weaved split rings, and branching encapsulation.
There was a butterfly contest. Under 2" , over 2", original design vs. pattern...etc.
I won first place in the under 2" original category, and I won second place in the over 2" original category. That made me pretty happy.
I added this lovely tatting shuttle to my shuttle collection. I didn't walk away with as many goodies this year as I did last year. I suppose it is the poor economy. But its quality not quantity right?
I purchased two new books to add to my collection. One of Martha Ess's Tea is for Tatting books was given as a door prize and I desperately wanted to win it...but I didn't so I'll just have to buy it as soon as I get an address.
I did, however, win these lovely socks:
O.k....I need to take a break for now but I will continue this post very soon.