St. Patrick’s Day Projects

There are a number of reasons to undertake any given project.  Spring seems almost upon us – hard to say given that I was out in snow this morning, but early spring snows can come anywhere.  March 17th is St Patrick’s day and green shamrocks rule the day.  That day is a regular monthly meeting of the Palmetto Tatting Guild in the Columbia, SC area.  On their website http://palmettotatters.org/ the group has set up a Shamrock exchange for that meeting along with a listing of shamrock patterns.  So being between projects, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to take on a small project like a shamrock!

It’s evident that several shamrocks became part of this effort.  Shamrock #1 is directly from Sharren’s blog which is listed in this blog’s Tatting Patterns section in a sub-group called Shamrocks.  I was pleased enough at how it turned out that I proceeded to make several more.  Sharren’s pattern called for using the Self Closing Mock Ring technique.  This style of tatting is one of the newer ones and one that tatters in our group have inquired about.  It was so easy to be able to demonstrate this technique at our last gathering because of this pattern!  The pattern is also easy to modify and a subsequent effort (with extra picots on the inner rings) came to be Shamrock #2.

After an inquiry about Pearl tatting, that technique was applied to Shamrock #3’s stem also as a demonstration. Some of our experienced tatters had never realized that this was a way to accomplish the light, airy appearance when applied to a pattern.

Shamrock #4 was tatted from memory after having looked at the diagram on Georgia Sietz’s site.  Teresa is the author of the pattern and it’s indeed lovely.  Pearl tatting applied to the stem of the shamrock gave it a fern-like appearance that again helped our group learn this technique.  Smaller projects like these that can be tatted in under 2 hours are very useful from an educational standpoint and I was glad to have them for our group.

The remaining pattern listed in our Shamrock section is a wreath written by Martha Ess, a talented tatter from the Raleigh NC area.  The shamrocks listed there are very unusual and can be created as stand-alone motifs rather than having to tat the entire wreath.  Hmmm     next project perhaps?   Not sure about that just now because I have my shamrocks for the exchange on the 17th!  But one never can tell. . . .

The Thread Bears are a Palm Frond (outreach group) of the Palmetto Tatters and welcome other Palmetto Tatters from the main group or other Palm Fronds when they are visiting the Western North Carolina area.


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