Saturday, September 18, 2010

PTG TatDays 2011

Save the Dates: Friday and Saturday, September 23-24, 2011

We'll be back in the beautiful Georgia mountains at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center which is just outside Toccoa. Registration, class rooms, vending, and sleeping (what? who sleeps at TatDays?) rooms are all in the same building with the Dining Hall just a short walk. The Dining Hall overlooks a beautiful little lake; here's a picture GBCC Dining Hall.

There are a number of small sitting areas throughout the building that were certainly well used this year. I'm sure they will be well-used in 2011. The theme is "Tatting in a Winter Wonderland" so I hope everyone will submit their logo ideas whenever the call for the logo contest is put out on the official website: Palmetto Tatters Guild.

There will also be a call for teachers on the website. Certainly hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Items from 2010 PTG TatDays

I wasn't happy with the Garnets & Grapes pendant after I had redone the earrings so I re-tatted the pendant and mounted it to small pin-back. Final steaming is yet to occur but I'm better pleased with these results.

I've ordered more garnet rounds with one of my sisters in mind since her birthday is also in January. Nina's designs are so lovely and appear to be really difficult but they are quite easy once you study the unique terminology she uses for some of the component descriptions.

I've also completed over the past week the Half Ring Braid Bracelet kit from Martha Ess. It was fun to work this piece of jewelery as well. I ran out of thread in Martha's kit to complete a pair of Patti Duff's easy earrings and sent Martha an SOS very late one evening. She was still up and answered me very quickly. I checked my thread inventory and l had that manufacturer color and size in my stash. Then I had to check some of my extraneous beads because I was 20 short (ten for each earring) for the pattern I wanted to use (didn't want to make a design change at this point). I found some very similarly finished beads in my miscellaneous bottle of beads but I managed to get this set completed.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Nina's Garnets & Grapes

I worked on the Pendant from Nina Libin's Garnets & Grapes pattern this week as I was able. It hasn't been steamed yet to really complete the piece. I will also need to determine whether I will wear it as a brooch or as a pendant from a chain around my neck. The picture was not taken with my better camera but it will be a pretty piece when I finish it. I also need to re-tat the accompanying earrings ... maybe over the long weekend.