Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Yup, I'm taking one. I know it looks like I've been on vacation for a while, but I've just been busy getting things done at work so I could leave. I'm off to Disneyland with my sister and my two nieces. :) I'm taking a nice little supply of tatting threads, shuttles, and lots and lots of patterns. The patterns are all stored in my Nook, so that's how I can have lots and lots. I'm also taking two colors of size 10 thread because Bonnie said teaching her would give us something to do while waiting in lines. I hope it works, because she's a lefty and I'm a righty. I'm not much of a teacher either...we'll see. I'll report on our success (or lack thereof) when I come back. Maybe I need to learn left-handed (I did that to teach her to crochet many year ago -- and I can't do it anymore).
As for tatting -- I've been doing some! I've got some UFO's (one of which I'm taking with me) and I've been emptying shuttle bobbins by making lots of little butterflies. Some of the bobbins have quite a bit of thread on them, so I tried making something a bit bigger. This is Jane Eborall's newest butterfly bookmark -- with some oops things. I didn't load any beads first, and miscounted the ones I did add. Duh. It's made of one strand of variegated quilting thread and one strand of yellow Cebelia wound together. I also didn't have enough thread to make much of a's for marking tiny books, maybe.


sewmuchfun4 said...

It's pretty! Now you'll be reading when you want to do a "little" reading.

Have a safe trip and allot of fun!

:) Ann

Beelizabeth said...

I taught my left handed sisters to crochet (knit, also) by sitting face to face with them and just altered how I inserted the hook in the stitch. Maybe that basic idea would help you teach Bonnie to tat without you having to learn to tat left handed.

Fox said...

Good luck with the teaching! I tried to teach my sister and though she even got the 'flip' right away, she wasn't enthralled with the process.... LOL! You either get hooked or you don't!

Love the variegated thread and the Cébélia!
Fox : )

❦TattingChic said...

Hi Marty! Okay I hope I don't sound like a know it all when I share this so please forgive me when I do. I've taught over 40 people to tat (I know there's people who've taught much more and this isn't about whose taught how many people) of those I've taught 3 lefties so you just ask her how she learns. Does she need a mirror image with you standing in front of her or does she digest with you doing it the normal righty way and she digests it her normal lefty way. Then one of my student who was left handed learned the way everyone else tats when I explained that the left hand controls all the tension so she became quite a good tatter when she learned that all the right hand did was move the thread in and out of the loop. It was funny. They all learned so differently than each other. When all the righties learned pretty much the same. By now you know your sis pretty well, but I just thought I'd share that with you because I thought it was interesting and I felt so challenged by teaching lefties to tat but they were great students and learned well. I can't wait to learn more about it. I think the greater challenge is going to be the standing in line at amusement park and hot sweaty hands part, LOL!

***Jon**** said...

Enjoy your vacation, Marty. It is okay if you don't show any tatting when you return. That simply means that you were having fun and didn't have time to tat, :)