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31 August 2010

...I tatted a Poplar Leaf and finished it! (Part Two)

...As I was saying, The Quilt! It was raffled off. Gosh Darn Dang It! I am not the recipient of that lovely Crazy Quilt.

Please go to this link to read more about it!  Tat Days Scholarship Quilt
Then for more "detailed" photos of the quilt, go here: Detailed Block by Block of the quilt

The Quilt is breath-taking and beautiful. Each block contains tatted items!

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In the evening, we had a Night Owl class. I attended and sat in my chair. I stared blankly at the project. The class was lead by Riet Surtel-Smeulders.  I was overwhelmed from the day's activities and decided to head on to home.

Saturday morning came too soon! Early Bird Class! It was lead by Karey Solomon and we worked on the Poplar Leaf. I'd admit it was so early but am very glad to learn this cute leaf, as you saw on my blog previous to this.

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My first class on Saturday was "Half Ring Braid Bracelet" taught by Martha Ess. Yes, I had three classes by Martha. It was totally just the way it turned out.. not planned. Yes, I choose the classes. I just did not pay attention to who taught these classes. Martha is a good teacher, just as well as others who taught at Tat Days.

My bracelet with few minor boo boos. I was able to catch on to this pattern! It looks technical but Martha made it easy! 

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Later in the day, I had one more class that I signed up for. Indian Summer taught by Nina Libin. She creates beautiful beaded tatted pieces. I ended up skipping that class due to how I was feeling. I was feeling flustered and proud at the same time. The fluster was to my choosing a level 3 class. The proudness was for getting the hang of the half rings! I was guarding my heart from further disappointments of "not" getting it with the up coming class. I decided to sit it out and try it at home where there are no distractions.

So, what did I do for the afternoon? I ran into Georgia Seitz and asked what was her next class. She said the Hanky class. Then I asked if I may sit in. I was welcomed to come along. I am glad that I attended this "Crafty Tatting" class. THIS was my cup of tea! You create a cute drawstring bag using two handkerchieves! I will create some at another day and show you! They are cute! Georgia is avery sweet lovely lady, funny too!

I am with Georgia Seitz

Well, since the Indian Summer class is two block of time, I had another free time! I guess you are wondering what I did with that time! I bought a splurge the day before from Karey Solomon's table of her wares. A Lucet kit is what I treated myself too! A what? Lucet! But that isn't tatting! Exactly! Tatting is really not my thing but I will continue to tat in correct my home and by myself. It was difficult to concentrate at many of the classes but that is okay. I gathered the information and will apply them when the time is right, stress free. Some tatters find tatting as a stress reliever. 

So what is a Lucet?  A two-pronged tool used to produce a square, braided cord. The cord had many uses, from threading through clothes to drawstrings on purses. The size of the thread used determined the size of the cord.  They were used from at least the 16th century onwards, however some viking finds of manmade bone objects shaped like lucets have been used as evidence of viking use of this technique. No one has been able to prove the useage of the lucet between these two time periods yet, however finds of other braiding techniques including plaiting and fingerloop braiding have been documented between the 10th and 16th centuries.

My Lucet kit included the Lucet, bag and the ball of colorful string which I weaved into the colorful cord. Since I ran out of string in the kit, I tried out some of my size 20 thread. It is till on the Lucet.

I found THIS to be relaxing! I am looking forward to test out other materials and see what comes of it with my Lucet! This is something that I can do mindlessly in the evenings while Hubby watches the T.V.

.... more to continue later.

30 August 2010

...I tatted a Poplar Leaf and finished it!

It has been some time since I last blogged about anything! Many things have happened and soon, I'll blog about some of those things, but as the subject line says! I tatted a Poplar Leaf and finished it!

This is my first tatted "Mary Fitch Poplar Leaf"
done in DMC Perle Coton, size 8, color 94
(Saturday's Early Bird Special... taught by Karey Soloman

On 26-28 of August 2010,  I was privileged to be able to attend The Palmetto Tat Days,  put on by an amazing group of people from The Palmetto Tatters Guild!

On Thursday afternoon, I arrived at The Georgia Baptist Conference Center located in Toccoa Georgia.
I got to meet the wonderful people early and poke my nose around the place. The location and the building is beautiful. The Center is situated by Lake Louise.

Friday morning came early for me! I was so excited to have this day begin! We had a filling breakfast at the Dining Hall. There was time for shopping in the Vender's Room. It contained our teachers' beautiful creations and products, all for sale! I bought two threads, one of Lizbeth's in the color 136-Autumn Spice, size 20 and the above mentioned DMC's.

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My first class of the morning was "Broomstick" Tatted Bookmark taught by Martha Ess. 
This was a fun class and learning how to play with the different lengths of the the picots!

I managed to do a little bit for practice.
The two plastic blue rectangle pieces are the picot guides provided by Martha!
The thread is Lisbeth's , size 20 in color 120-Denim Whisper
Here I am (on the left) with Martha Ess and fellow student "Isdihara"

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The next class  in the day was "Oak Leaf" taught by Karey Solomon. 
I love leaves and so does she! I am gaining confidence in my tatting.
For me the best part of being at the Tat Days was to have that visual teacher 
for me to follow along and their assistance are wonderful!

This is the beginning of my Oak Leaf in that gorgeous Autumn Spice!

I am with Karey Solomon, the Teach!

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The last class that I took on Friday was The Button Lanyard/Chatelaine, 
also taught by Martha Ess! There were many new techniques in this class.
It truly was beyond my level of experience or knowledge. That was my own fault 
for I choose  this class which was for level 3! I thought I could do it 
but I will manage to learn this while in the comfort of my own world... my home!

My attempt at The Button Lanyard, in Lizbeth 20, 138-Leafy Green
and ecru cotton thread 20

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We had a Banquet Dinner in the evening. 
The Southern Belle Tatting Society decorated it in CRITTERS!
 Critters made of natural materials of the outdoors!

This fella reminds me of the muppet named Zoot,
the Saxophone Player on "Electric Mayhem". 
I got to take him home with me!

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Then we had a night full of auction items. So many beautiful things were
offered for bids! Also some funny stuff, like Georgia Seitz's brother's hat!
(I wonder if he knows that it is missing?)


was raffled.

Palmetto Tat Days
Scholarship Fundraiser Quilt

.....I'll add more later, Hubby wants a turn at this computer!  :o)