Wednesday 16 May 2018

Mary Anna Robinson

 Lee Flower with Pearl Center and  Curled Ring Cinquefoil Motif

Mary Anna is a tatting teacher and lovely lady with cute little sayings like "I'm not the boss applesauce".  I  took two classes from her at the Shuttlebirds Workshop.  In one, she read us a story she had written about a tatter.  She told me that in  another class she sang for them.  

Mary Anna is open to new ideas and in class we shared ways to adapt her patterns and how we would do them. Both classes made use of the folded join.  It is  good one to practice, here is what I do. Fold the joining picot over the thread, then come up the picot with my hook and pull thread down the picot, then down  the loop with the shuttle.  She passed out another method called the hard left  turn into the garage by Judy Banicheck.

Now I have just looked and you can meet this teacher at Palmetto.  If you are lucky enough to see her say hello from "CANADA".

Saturday 12 May 2018

Square Pinwheel Motif

I am back from the Shuttlebirds Workshop at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center.   I had a real treat taking a course from Heidi Nakayama and produced this Dora Young motif.  Using a size 20 thread the blocked motif measures just shy of 4" square.  It would make a perfect coaster. 

There is one split chain, you can see it at the 9 o'clock position.  The pinwheels are made up of lock joins and you use a few new techniques to move the thread over one to create the pinwheel effect.

The pattern is on Page 16 and 17 of All New Knotless Tatting Designs.

I also took another course from Heidi but she has asked me not to post a picture so you will need to see me in person for that one.

I participated in the Poker Run with Natalie and even completed a small blossom for the competition.  I will tell you more about that in another post.  

I brought home new books, threads and even a few shuttles. 

The venue, food and classes were once again well organized and each mealtime  we were gifted little goodies.   I just want to thank Patti D and the rest of the Shuttlebirds for a totally awesome time at Ross Point.  I hope to see you all again next year.