Since Tat Days

It has taken until now to catch up with all the goings on since Tat Days.  I greatly appreciate all the hard work that goes into such a conference.  The number of details can be almost overwhelming for a small group of people, but the leadership at Palmetto Tatters pulls off everything with skill and grace!

One of the things I most appreciate revolves around all the tatting techniques and patterns that we are able to select from.  This year I chose 3 of them.  One was Vicki Clark’s NoWhere Maze, taught by Donna Thompson.  I came very close to completing it while we were at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center location, but got off to a later start than I had hoped by buying some BEAUTIFUL hand-dyed thread in Southwestern colors.  I really didn’t think the beads should have been so invisible as they were when added to this piece, so I tried again in a deep fuchsia with a red agate center bead and matching seed beads.  Adding Merilee Rockley’s Single Shuttle glamour earrings in the same shades will make a striking set.  And then came the Kreinik metalic braid.  This pattern made for the perfect opportunity to create a holiday pendant.  I chose the antique gold thread to accent a square-rounded black agate and matching seed beads.  These are the final products:

All three were tatted from the same pattern that Vicki wrote for Tat Days 2013

All three were tatted from the same pattern that Vicki wrote for Tat Days 2013

 

What a versitile pattern from Vicki!

 

Nina Libin has some beautiful Benile Lace jewelry.  She was well represented at Tat Days with 4 of her patterns being the centerpieces of classes:  2 Celtic jewelry classes that she herself was teaching and 2 others taught by Shawna Wachs.  The bead and pearl necklace that Shawna was teaching intrigued me, but was being taught at the same time as my class.  So I contacted Shawna and we found some time to get together at a time when neither of us was teaching and got started.  Benile Lace really flies along once you get into the pattern.

Pearl Benile Necklace

All around the conference there were participants who had created tatted lanyards for their conference ID cards.  So many of them were striking that I was inspired to transform this necklace into a lanyard as well.  I ran out of the pearls before the lanyard was finished. It took 6 long weeks to find pink rice seed pearls that even come close to the size Nina offered in her kit.  At least I found some that will work, although you can see the subtle difference between the beads in this photo:

 

Benile Lace Necklace / Lanyard

I still think the lanyard will be pretty and serve its purpose well in conferences to come


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