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:

Saturday, March 26, 2016

New Original Tatted Cross (almost) Done in time for Easter


I just finished the tatting of this cross this morning. 

The ‘almost’ done part of this project is all the ends (2 ends X  20 motifs = 40 thread ends) to complete. 

I have a train trip planned in about two weeks that this project is perfect for! 

This cross has 3 of my favorite colors in it.  It is a bold color choice….but it is MY color choice.