Saturday morning started with doing the OctoStarFlake, a pattern by Jane Eborall, taught by Donna Thompson. This class taught the technique of the long beaded picot. I already knew this technique, but loved the pattern. When I got home I had a BUNCH of white wound shuttles. (with a theme of Tatting in a Winter Wonderland, what would you expect?) I made a bunch of these, emptying the shuttles, and put them on my small tree that stays up all year with little tatted bits on it.
My next class was Mrs. Mee's Snowflake. This was a snowflake that was adapted from an old-old pattern by Marth Ess. We learned the difference between single stitches and pearl stitches in old patterns. This pattern also used half-closed Josephine rings (I had a lot of trouble closing mine the same amount each time. This was a challenging pattern for me and I really enjoyed it... the effect of the pearl stitches gives the picots an overlapping look that I really like!
My last class at Palmettos was a Snow Angel by Sharren Morgan. She shared with us a technique for making a flat join for a self closing mock ring. This method keeps the ring from coming open as you continue to tat. After two days of doing a whole lot of tatting, I had a couple of bandaids on my fingers from thread cuts. My poor little angel has a dark shadow in its middle from dirty gunk from the loose sticky side of the bandaids. I thought this would wash out, but it didn't.... and really doesn't show unless I point it out, like I just did...
More from Palmettos is still to come!