In 1990 I took up tatting and haven't stopped since. I originally
learned from written instructions, but later, watching Bev Dillon's
video, I learned what I was doing wrong. And from then on tatting became
In 1991 I started teaching tatting at Ben Franklin
Crafts, in Redmond, Washington. I have been asked to teach classes
for the Lacemakers of Puget
Sound, Shuttlebirds Tatting Day in Spokane and Bobbi Demmer's tatting
workshop in Montana.
Early on, I figured out that designing things
myself was much more fun
than following someone else's pattern. One of my favorite
noticing a picture or a piece of lace and thinking, hmmm... I could
make that in tatting! I enjoy tatting large projects;
this way I have
fewer ends to finish off. I have found that the hardest part
is actually writing down the pattern so someone else can follow it. My
tatting, most original designs, won many ribbons at the Evergreen State
Fair. Because of the coaxing of many friends, my published patterns
found in KNOTS!, Tatting With Friends Book 5, International Lace Magazine,
and Tatters Across Time proficiency program.
Redmond, Washington, is where I call home. Having recently
retired as manager of
an appliance repair company, I now enjoy the extra time to tat,
cook and take better care of my husband. I can be reached at
1 - Team Teaching with Mary
I can do that in Tatting!"
Time: Saturday, 11:30 to
Techniques: Multiple techniques
will be used as you work to design an original tatting pattern.
Tatting Patterns Inspired by Crochet and Hairpin Lace
Intermediate to Advanced Level:
It is helpful to know split rings, bridges/split chains, shoelace
trick, self closing mock ring (SCMR), twisted picots, measured
picots, lock join, mock picot and pearl tatting. Being able to
work from a visual diagram (not just from written patterns) is
a plus in this class.
Description: Students will learn
the 'thought process' involved in design, as well as learning some of
the guidelines for selecting tatting stitches that work to duplicate
hairpin lace, crocheted pineapples, clusters,
double crochet, and popcorn stitch. Camelia and Mary will
go over the crochet or hairpin lace that you bring and help you design
your own tatting pattern from your inspiration piece. (Feel free to
bring your favorite non-tatted laces for inspiration on future tatting
2 pairs of shuttles (4 shuttles) wound continuous with size 10 or 20
so you can see your stitches
Bring 2 shuttles wound with contrasting thread and cut off the ball
3 balls of thread – bring the rest of the balls you have shuttles
Pencil and paper
Scissors to cut out those frustrating mistakes.
Picot spacers that you can leave in your project.
Photocopy of crochet pattern you want to duplicate. This will be
written on so you probably won't want to bring your original.
A good imagination!
Contact Mary & Camelia ahead of time if you want
to start a large project in
class. We can help you figure out what additional supplies are needed.
2 - Team Teaching
- Creating your Own Tatting Pattern Inspired by a Non-Tatted Lace"
Time: Saturday, 3 to 5
Techniques: Multiple tatting
and design techniques are incorporated in this class
Project: A new project will not be taught in this
class. The instructors will aid students in completing design projects
already in progress.
Intermediate to Advanced
This session gives the student the time and guidance they need to complete the
unique tatting patterns they have been working on. This might be a pattern
a student began in Class 1, or the student is welcome to bring a pattern
they have been designing at home. Camelia
and Mary can help you find ways to translate the stitches in another lace form
into a new tatted piece.
Please bring photo copies of the lace that is your inspiration piece,
and whatever threads and tools you choose to use in its creation.
Time: Friday, 3:30 to 5:30
Chains, Picots, Joins, plus a variety of intermediate techniques
Beginner to Intermediate
can select snowflake patterns to match the skills they would like
to learn. Students who are learning the flip will be tutored by a
teacher's aide. Students who are comfortable with rings can choose
a snowflake of rings and chains. If you are right at home with rings
chains, try a snowflake with more difficult joins or fancier picots. And if
you are confident with the basics, you are welcome to come try your hand at
tatting the whole collection : )
2 shuttles wound continuous with white thread in your favorite size
a ball of white thread in your favorite size
sparkly thread (so your snowflakes can glitter)
crochet hook for joins
floss threaders or magic thread to finish ends
Friday, 1 to 3, with Lily and Tina.
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