He knows my name!

My life verse: "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel." (Isaiah 45:3). For me, "the treasures of darkness" has been the medically-treated depression that I have suffered off and on with for years. More than anything else in my life, I think this has made me realize how much my Savior loves me and has deepened my relationship with God. The "hidden riches of secret places" are my wonderful family and this fabulous craft--tatting! I thank God for both!
I think it is awesome that God knows my name! Did you know that He knows yours?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Palmettos Part 1

No posts in a long, long time! Starting in June, I worked on a doily that is now residing in my UFO drawer (temporarily or permanently to be decided upon later.) In September, I started on the tatted/beaded ornaments for the relatives for Christmas. Then on September 23rd and 24th, I received a great gift. I got to attend the Palmetto Tatters Guild, "Tatting in a Winter Wonderland Tat Days! Thank you to all who have contributed in one way or another to help build their scholarship fund, I was one of this year's grateful recipients. Upon returning from Palmettos, I had a few days until the Oklahoma Lacemakers Guild's Lace Embrace Day. That was on Saturday, on Sunday I felt yucky enough that I skipped church and on Monday woke up with pneumonia. I am still recovering from that but feel well enough to play on the computer some, so I thought I would at least show you some of the things I did.

The last picture is Martha Ess's Sunrise, Sunset Bookmark. The techique taught in this class was the use of picot gauges to get equal sized picots. One of the things that I thought was most astonishing, and economical was that Martha cuts her picot gauges out of a plastic folder....she says that the folder lasts for a very long time, and when she needs a different size, she can just cut one easily. I only made two repetitions of the design because I really wanted to finish as much of the projects as I could there at the conference. The bookmark didn't look like much until I pinned it and blocked it, now I am quite pleased with it.

The next class I had was Tatting with Flair with Georgia Seitz. If you have not met Georgia yet, you are really missing something. She is a very gracious, encouraging lady. This class taught the encapsulation of threads. She tried teaching us a new way to hold our thread and shuttle when encapsulating threads--tried because this dog couldn't seem to learn a new trick. We decorated our tulle bags with rings and chains (some encapsulating three threads), beads and buttons. It was amazing to see her classroom, their were a lot of items to be used in some of her other classes, but they certainly opened your eyes as to how tatting could be used in different ways, and different objects that you could decorate with tatting.

My last class on Friday was the Broomstick Picot Snowflake with Martha Ess. I love this pattern, and hopefully next time I try to work it, I'll have more patience arranging my picots than I did on this poor example that I'm showing you now in the first picture. It was amazing the way the picots swirled on Martha's pieces looking like stuff I've seen out of other lace techniques--something I may look forward to with some practice.

Check back here to see my Saturday stuff from Palmettos!

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