Had a great weekend at Tat Days in Toccoa, GA this year. It was nice to see those I met last year plus meet new tatters this year. Yes, Jane you were missed but I did use your tatting tidy at all my classes. It worked wonderful.
This is a pic of two of the classes I took from Randy Houtz. I actually finished them! The purple/white I finished after class because we used the Magic Thread Trick. I have had problems in the past with this technique and I wanted to finish before the next class with him to make sure it worked as easy as he said. Lo and behold, I am a believer! The trick - using 20-pound filament (braided) fishing line. It pulled through with no tugging, breaking or frustration. Went to Wal-Mart yesterday and bought a reel. I am ready for whatever comes along and will use this trick as often as I can from now on.
I was fortunate to be able to test tat this pattern from Karen at Tatting For Spirit. It is called Milk Hill Crop Circle. She does beautiful work (thinking outside the box). Her work is needle tatted based, but I shuttle tat. She was pleased that the pattern worked for us shuttle tatters as well. The pattern starts as a circle and the arms are split rings. This crop circle is going to be entered into our fair this coming weekend. She has just listed her pattern for sale and you can find it here Milk Hill Crop Circle.