Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Yikes! I'm a bad blogger!

Yep! I just realized that my last web post here on The ShuttleSmith website was in 2017! 

I have been busy with The ShuttleSmith projects in the last year, you just haven’t seen any of it here.
I have been occasionally posting to my TheShuttleSmith Facebook page, probably because it’s a bit easier to do so and because I had lost the address/password to my website at work when I had to get a new computer.  Actually it was two new computers because they (my employer) said my computer(s) were compromised with a virus.  They pointed to my attempts to go to Georgia Seitz’s pages, which when I try to go there comes up as blocked by the companies software.  I told them ‘yes, I had tried to go to that website’ but that I didn’t understand why it was blocked.  Anybody have this same issue with Georgia Seitz’s website????  But I digress….It was due to this blockage and thus suspected virus alarm that my employer gave me a new computer…which in turn wiped out all my bookmarks and stored passwords…which is why I couldn’t get into my WordPress software to create blog posts as easily.

What I’ve been doing in 2018 synopsis (tatting related):
I have been working on book number 8 in my ‘Fun with Split Ring Tatting’ series.  It seems to me that these books are what keep the spark in my tatting world.  I just love every step of the creative process.  I originally titled this book ‘Mathematical Designs in SRT’ but now that I am about 90% done with it, I think it will be called ‘3-D Illusions in SRT’.  It will be one of those books that you will either fall in love with the uniqueness of the designs or totally hate…but I’m going to publish it anyway.  More about this book and designs in upcoming blog posts.

I have been working with a very talented tatter (Diana Howe) to tat many of my designs into real thread because I just don’t have the time anymore to keep up with tatting everything in my books myself.  (Keep in mind that I work full-time.)  More about my relationship with Diana in upcoming blog posts.  I may also post about my unique full-time job.

Last year (2017) my time was totally devoted to moving (physically) from one house to another.  I didn’t even get around to getting a real vacation.  This year was different.
  • My husband and I went to Grand Junction, Colorado for a ski trip in January.  We took the Amtrak train there and back.  The train offers me a whole day to relax and tat while traveling.
  • I had two weeks to travel in July via motorcycle to/from Colorado.  Of course I had my tatting with me, even while traveling via motorcycle.  Don’t you just love how portable tatting is!?
  • In September, I traveled (alone) to Georgia via motorcycle to teach at/attend the Palmetto Tatters Workshop.  I had two weeks to get there and back and camped along the way as much as possible.  I am especially happy when I can put several passions together (motorcycling, traveling/camping, & tatting).  More about my (fantastic!) trip to Palmetto in upcoming blog posts.
  • In October, my husband & I traveled again by train to CO to relax and motorcycle in the area for one week. (We have motorcycles stashed there.)
I still have a shop on Etsy.com where I sell my books and enameled tatting shuttles (shop name: TheShuttleSmith).  I will be spending more time in the near future updating my Etsy shop, probably with more/new shuttles & all my books.  More about my Etsy listings in upcoming blog posts.  You will probably see postings about how I create my enameled shuttles too.

I just recently was given a huge stash of vintage enamel supplies to use in my enameled tatting shuttle production business.  I just got them organized so that I can use them.  I am looking forward to experimenting and using them in the very near future.  Enameling gives me a different creative outlet to experiment with using ‘color’ and ‘enameling techniques’.  So look for upcoming blog posts on new enameled tatting shuttles and enameling techniques. You will probably see postings about how I create my enameled shuttles too.

I have been asked to teach 2 tatting classes (plus one short Teneriffe Lace class) at the upcoming 2019 IOLI Convention in Spokane, Washington. I love that venue because each class is 4 days, 3 hours of class per day...so we get a lot of time to explore a technique or idea.  So I spent some time this summer working with Patti Duff, the Convention Tatting Teacher Coordinator to design two unique tatting classes:
  • Class #1 is titled Modern Tatting for Modern Tatters and will introduce 4 very different class projects in the four days of classes. 
  • Class #2 is titled ‘A Bounty of Tatted Delights’.  This class will focus on how the host state of the Convention (Washington) is the producer of many fruits & vegetables.  Thus a whole new book of tatted designs is in the design/planning stages to be published in time for this convention.
  • More about my these classes/designs in upcoming blog posts
I’m nicely settled into my new home in Iowa.  Other than mowing the fairly big lawn of a small acreage, the house hasn’t taken up too much of my free time.

So that is what I have been up to so far in 2018. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop 2017 -- part 2

Just thought I’d post some of the pictures I had taken at The Shuttlebirds 2017 Tatting Workshop.

The first photo (below) shows the materials and space we used to decorate the base shuttles for the Make-It-Take-It workshop of creating personal glass/enamel tatting shuttles. (See previous post for photos of the finished ART pieces.)

The second photo (below) shows the space where/how I torch-fired the artwork into finished glass-coated tatting shuttles in flat/hoare-style.

I flew to the workshop so it was quite a challenge as to what to bring/how much I could bring.  I planned and purchased supplies for months before going.  There were a few items that the Shuttlebirds members brought for me to help with my space/luggage issues.  These included the cookies sheets, ceramic tiles and fire extinquisher.  I am happy to report that I did NOT need to use the fire extinquisher (I actually never have!).

The third photo (below) shows my vendor table:  It includes the 7 books that I have authored/published including the debut of book number 7:  Snowflakes in Split Ring Tatting.  I had been working on the designs for this book for a while (ca. a year).  So when I found out that the theme for this workshop was ‘A Flurry of Flakes’ I decided that it was a ‘sign from God’ that I should try to attend.  So I used the workshop as a self-inflicted deadline to get my book done and published.  Also on my vendor table are some of my glass/enameled tatting shuttles and some homemade ‘thread holders’. I shall have to photograph my new book and my thread winders soon to show you all.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Follow up to the Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop and Make-It-Take-It glass/enameled/copper tatting shuttles







Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending The Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop in WA/Idaho. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was testing out a workshop concept of 'Make-It-Take-It' enameled/glass/copper shuttles. The idea was that I created the base shuttles of one color. The workshop part was that tatters (or non-tatters---I will not discriminate) would decorate their shuttles themselves in various techniques that I provided and I would then torch-fire the piece to produce the final product. I would like to report that the workshop was a resounding success. 29 beautiful shuttles were produced! The following photos show the results. Several people were 'painters' and used acrylic enamels to paint designs onto the shuttles. Several shuttles were create using sifting techniques and stencils.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop & Make-It-Take-It Enamel/Glass Tatting Shuttles



I'M SOOO EXCITED! I leaving tomorrow to go to Spokane, WA to the Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop. I have been there once (probably 15+ years ago). Looking forward to seeing alot of old and new friends from that part of the country. I'm teaching, vending, and trying a totally new venture: Make-It-Take-It Enamel Shuttles. I have been creating the shuttles with various (somewhat innocuous) base colors. I am taking several colors of enamels with me and various ways to decorate... the shuttles further. Then tatters will use these materials to decorate their own shuttle. I will torch-fire the shuttle into a unique work of art. This is a pilot project for me....I have been prepping for months. The pre-sale response has been overwhelmingly good for me. Now I just hope this whole idea works and tatters get shuttles they are happy with. If it works like I hope it does, there should be some beautiful new shuttles produced. I'll try to take pictures.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

New Glass Enamel Tatting Shuttle in time for Valentine's Day

I just found this shuttle in my stash.  I enjoy the making of the shuttles, not so much the marketing/promoting/selling them. 

So here it is ready for adoption via my Etsy shop.

My Etsy shop name: TheShuttleSmith

Or you can access my Etsy shop via the link on this page.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Anyone else like ORANGE as much as I do?!?

 Here are 5 new Glass Enamel Tatting Shuttles handmade by me just in time for Halloween or Fall.

Available for adoption for $25 each on my Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/theshuttlesmith