I have not done much tatting. The above photo are practice pieces / motifs, patterns handed out for the IOLI Tat-Off (Indianapolis, IN). There were three patterns on the page, for three categories: tatting over 5 years, learned how to tat today/tonight, and split rings. (I think that was what they were - I may be mistaken). I made and donated the prizes, and was over-the moon when the owners of Black Sheep at Orenco added to them. I didn't participate in the tatting. I did help with the split rings. Hands on refresher and then Kelli started the stop watch -- and yes, we had winners! I am gobsmacked by the different ways people tat - and how FAST some people tat. I'm just a snail!!!
Below: A lovely Clover, Japan, necklace kit. I adore their kits - pattern, fibers, findings, shuttles -- looking forward to creating this piece.
Above: While my sister visited this summer, we went thru antique malls - many of them! We had such a good time browsing the vendor booths. I spotted some small containers & yep, they were for tatting. Vintage J P Coats containers for tatting fiber, Tat-It. I found 3 with some old balls of fiber for $2. yes, I know. What a find.
The shuttle (above) is new. Shuttle by Design. I wanted this one because of the lace design (both sides) AND it matches a small dish I own. I try to pick up small dishes for pins and orts, this dish is for the shuttle. The others I bought (below).
I have to say, when Marilee says she provides the kit for class ... it has EVERYTHING! Fiber, Crochet Hook, Tatting Shuttle, Beads, Bead Mat, Findings, Color pattern (2pg). It has everything needed to create a set:
earrings, bracelet, necklace.
I thought the class would be a struggle for me; however, Marilee teaches with grace and patience -- in no time, I was able to get the pattern going. All chains & beads. The bracelet is tatted, need to add the jewelry findings after I end the tatted fiber ends.
So impressed was I,
I gave her a donation for an xtra kit! This is a lovely color combination. A wood-rose fiber and beads. She offered lovely combinations - hard to select just one ; )
Some purchases from vendor, Black Sheep at Orenco. (Was told ) Yellow Heart top left-flat shuttle. Lacewood top right. Purple heart lower left. Myrtle lower right.
Magical edging keeper .... Link Here: http://www.blacksheepatorenco.com/store/p107/Magical_Edging_Keeper-_ebony.html.
This one is purple heart. It is the perfect size for tatted edges. Probably will work with knitting/knitted edges, too. (honest - just had to have one to try).
IOLI 2016 Convention souveniers:
Pictured above: tote bag -- Pictured below: tack-style pin.
Above: At one of the dinners, participants were asked to wear hats w/lace theme. Each participant received a hand made "hat" which is actually a magnet - for their lace pillows, or notion bags. Sweet lady bug fabric ; ) and charming hat band.
Are you registered +/or planning to visit for a day?
Personally, I've not attended a convention.
Last I checked the web page, there were still some classes that were not full. In addition to classes, there will be special presentations .... display room.... local tours.... vendors.... lace contest .... tat off.... teacher showcase.... sounds like a wonderful week.
The theme is
"Indy 200: Race to Make Lace"
Information (details) are available at the IOLI web site,
On Wednesday, the sales room, display room and special evening
presentations are open to the public free of charge. In addition a
Mini-Registration, which is available for any one day of the convention,
permits the registrant to attend that day’s sponsored activities.
See Registration information for details about a Mini-Registration.
On Saturday there are classes. The Display Room will not be open,
but the Sales Room will be open to the public at no cost."
also: "Lacemaking Together – Suite 10 – On Wednesday,
if you’re not in class or on a tour, come make lace with other lacemakers"