Tuesday, February 24, 2009

3 New Tatters

Well today was the big day. It was the first class for my three new tatting students. I present each student with a written history of tatting and a sheet of short forms that are used in patterns. After giving them a brief oral history on tatting and a discussion on types of shuttles and thread we made our way to the dreaded double stitch. I always love the reaction from students when they finally get the flip and realize what it is. It always gives them such a feeling of accomplishment. All three students succeeded and were sent home to practice making chains until next week. It is going to be a lot of fun teaching this group.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I Am Tatting, Honest

Those who follow my blog have probably been thinking that I have not been doing a lot of tatting lately and there is one thing that is really missing from my blog and that is doilies. Well I have been doing a lot of tatting and in fact it has been a doily it is just that for a change instead of showing progress pictures, this time I decided I would wait till it was done before I posted about it and for the first time in my tatting life I have a work in progress that I keep having to put aside to do other projects for. Now this may be normal for most other tatters but for me it is causing great stress. I like to finish one project before starting another and I thought it was bad enough when I had to put aside the doily the first time, at which point I told myself I would get right back to it and finish it, but this is the third time. To make matters worse I am one third of the way done the last row and have had to stop this time to make a baby bonnet and booties. Not a project that will really wait. Well for my own sanity I have decided to change how I am looking at the situation and just think that after doing the baby items I am going to make a large doily really fast.