Sunday morning, Maggie taught me some new techniques. The first was a "dizzy picot." Mark Myers (Tat-man) explains this technique http://www.tat-man.net/tatterville/howtotat/DP/DP.html . Maggie and I were laughing and talking about different things, when she said that she wished she could see butterflies illustrating new techniques--well Maggie, here is my Dizzy Picot Butterfly!
The next technique that we worked on was Maltese Rings. Martha Ess has a good explanation of how to do these at http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=87&subpageid=30108&ck= . One of the ladies asked what we were doing and I pointed to the samples of Maltese Rings, and laughed that it had "outie" and "innie" picots. Maggie immediately said that my future Maltese Ring Butterfly was to be named "The Belly-Button Butterfly."
Words cannot explain how much fun I had with these ladies. I really broadened my tatting techniques and skills. The retreat center was lovely and peaceful, and the company was fantastic. Now to save my pennies so that I can attend Lace Escape V!