Class suggestion 10-30-2017

There will be an informal class today while Georgia is away from her computer. Her suggestion is to have fun with Ruth Perry’s spiders:
Tatted Spider earrings

And read all about this new book:
Tatting Lace Bags by Yoko Hatakeya

What is your suggestion for next Monday? We look forward to Georgia’s return next week.

See you in class!


Tatting Submitted 10-27-2017

Look who wandered away from Jean’s tatting bag:

Petal the Pig by Pam Palmer

Thank you for sending this cutie in to be posted.

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Class schedule highlights 10-23-2017

Monday class for the next 3 weeks:

October 23, 30 and November 6 will be taking a break.

Please join classmates in the room for informal chat and help on any (tatting) questions that you have.

The Tuesday Designer classes and Thursday Beginner classes will continue as announced.

It’s a great time now to revisit some of the wonderful pattern resources on the class site.

Just use the dedicated search box for a list of wonderful…..


snowflakes….. or butterflies!

Or perhaps you really want to get beady…..

See you in class!

Homework submitted 10-18-2017

Our classes have been inspiring many to decorate with critters. Jean sent this in. It appears in Pam’s book Tatting Treats.

The Tatter of Glouchester by Pam Palmer

And Pam has tatted up a ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness:

Tatted Awareness Ribbon by Lenore English

I can’t wait to see the pumpkins rolling off shuttles and needles!
See you in class!

Class Material 10-16-2017

Tatmom's breast cancer awareness ribbin for Betty
Tatmom Betties-ribbon

Over the past 18 years many tatters and their families have been touched by breast cancer. Awareness ribbons are available for many causes. The color for breast cancer awareness ribbons is pink. Here are a few patterns which we have used over the years. If breast cancer threatens someone close to you, please tat one up and send it to them today. Tat a bunch and share with all.

Breast Cancer Ribbon © Sylvia Maziarz 2007

This stylish ribbon uses the pearl tatting technique in which double stitches and picots are placed on both sides of the core thread. Featured in Mlle’s Riego, “The Pearl Tatting book” 1867, the technique is different from today’s method.pearl or maltese tatting by Mlle Riego's from her 1867 book The Pearl Tatting Book

Originally, pearl tatting was tatted using the ball thread and two shuttles. A chain was begun by tatting the double stitch with the ball thread and shuttle one. Then the worked is rolled in the fingers literally reversing the work. Shuttle one is now held in position as the core thread and shuttle two makes the double stitch. Each set of double stitches required flipping the work back and forth. This works fine, but there is now a simpler method.Modern pearl tatting is also completed with three threads. For Needle tatting, two ball threads for wrapping on each side of the needle and the third thread through the eye of the needle. For Shuttle tatting, one ball thread and two shuttles or three shuttles together may be used.Ball thread and shuttle one (core thread) are engaged to make the first set of double stitches. Next the ball thread is allowed to dangle in back of the work, shuttle one is wrapped and held taut on a finger temporarily to form the double stitches while shuttle two is engaged to flip the ds onto the core thread. This maneuver is not tatting but wrapping (encapsulating.) It causes the double stitches to face the opposite direction, thus creating both double stitches and picots on both side of the core thread.
Ring & Chain Tatted Awareness Ribbon © Lenore English 2001

This petite pink ribbon was created by Lenore English nearly two decades ago. It has been seen in many places and in many colors. Changing the color for awareness for a different cause is fine. There are lists with the awareness color designation online, i.e.,

Even a beginning tatter will be able to create this dainty ribbon. It uses the basic techniques, ring, chain, picot, join and reverse work. An alternating ring and chain pattern is tatted and along the way some of the double stitch counts change to help create the curve. Those picots facing inward in the inside of the top curve are decorative and may be left off. The ribbon crosses over itself and may be glued into position. Join us in class for patterns.

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Homework submitted 10-13-2017

Pam has been enjoying classes. Here’s her square from Monday’s class:

Pam square on brown

Square from Towel with Applied Flowers by Dagmar Pezzuto

She will be decorating her sewing bag with this beauty.

See you in class!

Homework submitted 10-9-2017

Welcome to a new tatter in our group! Pam H. sent in this butterfly sewn to a bag:

Butterflies are Free by Cynthia Stevenson

Margaret sends in pictures of her tatting from this summer:

Edging on Handkerchief

This is a fine Linen handkerchief with an embroidered initial

Bow by Jane Eborall

Margaret added that bow to a card.

Bow mounted on card

Outside In Heart by Jane Eborall

Finger Rosary

Her beaded bracelet won First Prize in the County Fair!

Beaded Bracelet with Fair ribbon

Thank you both for sharing your tatting!
See you in class!

Class Material for 10-9-2017

For Monday classes:

Dagmar has prepared a lovely table runner for us to study:

Towel with Applied flowers by Dagmar Pezzuto

and please review:
There are still more blocks to be adopted for the fundraiser quilt. Send me your address and your favorite color!
See you in class!

Homework submitted 10-6-2017

Thank you for your patience while our blog was temporarily static. We have returned to full operating mode and have these pictures to share:

Usha Cosy Medallion

Cosy Medallion based on Encircled Charm by Usha Shah

Thank you Usha for sharing pictures of your design!

Muskaan has been catching up on new and old designs she has discovered.

Cascade bracelet 1

Cascade earrings by Jane McLellan adapted for bracelet

Dr Who bow tie 5

Dr Who inspired Bow Tie by Anita Barry

encircled charm 1

Encircled Charm by Usha Shah

Luscious colors on these with all those fancy beads and do dads.

See you in class!



In for repair

I’ll be working on repairing a part of the blog this week. I know, poor timing! I should have done this before class started up again. I blame ignorance. At least that can be fixed. With the help I’m getting today, I should be able to fix a couple of things that haven’t worked smoothly.

Thank you for your patience. See you in class!