Ok, here i am again. I have taken all the beginner classes with Georgia Seitz on http://www.georgiaseitz.com/. I highly recommend these classes for anyone, especially if you are learning to tat. They have "meetings" on Chatzy twice a week and twice each day. The Monday class is for more advanced tatters but beginners are welcome if you crave a challenge. Georgia also has needles and shuttles, as well as some other tools of the trade, for sale to help support the web site. She makes shuttles also and they are very lovely and reasonably priced compared to other handmade shuttles i have run across.
Now i need to find a smallish project that i will be sure to finish to apply what i have learned and improve my technique. In the old days they called them "samplers." Maybe i should sit down and design something incorperating everything i have learned so far. I think I will get back to you on that one. I could then throw in tatting design on my crafting resume. In the meantime, here is some stuff i have been working on. Here are pictures from Lesson two in Georgia's classes:
Next, Cynthia, one of the volunteer instructors on Georgia's class, sent me an ebook titled; Basic Tatting Handbook by Sarah Kelley, to go through and evaluate for her. I found the book to be well written and instructions and illustrations were clear and informative. Once i got past the very first exercises i found a confusing formatting error and felt that there was information needed for finishing a motif (the final join...) but, otherwise a good book for a beginning tatter looking for basics. Here is the work i did on the exercises thus far from that book:
I finally found a doll needle with a small enough eye and long enough to try needle tatting with #10 thread and it worked out pretty good. Here are the results of that endeavor:
Once again, i messed up a join on the first (white) medallion so i redid it. Can you spot the bad join? I hope i can acquire a smaller needle (#5 and/or #7) somehow so i can work with the smaller threads. I prefer the shuttle, but am told that working with beads in tatting is a bit easier on the needle, which is why i got started in tatting to start with :)
My next exercise was to learn to do split rings, which i decided to try with finger tatting and a much heavier thread. I think it was a size 3 but i am not sure. The majority of my threads are thrift shop finds so some of the information on them was not available. I did go on to use some of the same thread to make a dish rag too. Here are the results of my work on split rings: