Saturday, June 12, 2004

The continuing story of my trip to Palmetto Tat day...

I got to observe Karen instructing someone in her Chatelain chains for tatting tools, and later made one for my scissors.

The banquet was exceptional. The food was excellent and the setting perfect for the Very Model of a Modern Tatter - such fun hearing, and singing, a show tune adapted to tatting. Jane and Sue were hilarious, but got the point across that we need to be looking to the future and get young people interested in tatting. Hope's tatted outfit is incredible. If you ever get a chance to see it, do look closely at all the beautiful yards of tatting. Unbelievably gorgeous!!!

Friday night again spent not sleeping much. Martha, my roomie, and I tatted and talked away til the wee hours. The alarm on my cell phone plays revile at 7AM, and breakfast Saturday morning was yummy. Off to teach.

I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the 15 excellent tatters in my short class. I wish I could have been a student in all of the classes. There was SO much to learn. We had a good time visiting and most completed the small Celtic Knot flower from my book in the time allowed. The Celtic Knots are more challenging, but the result is worth the effort. A couple of the students decided to work on it later because they thought that they could do better... well, I told you size 20 thread or larger at least for the first one.

Then I got to be in Mark's short class and enjoyed learning the inward tatting rose. I only had one shuttle with me, and only one color so I made up my own way to do his pattern (surprise, surprise, surprise!) However I made a mistake in counting, and haven't finished the rose yet. Mark, thanks for sharing! Your work is outstanding.

Lunch was here all too soon, and I discovered that they had ice cream... thanks Jane!!! The awards were a bit of a blurrrrrr. I did fairly well for the first time entering tatting in a competition. I was very interested in the judges comments, and have learned that they don't appreciate the small contributions from my 3 Pomeranian dogs in my tatting... imagine that. Now I have a bit of a dilema. I may have to consider creating a "clean" room for tatting. I agree with most of their comments on my pieces. I would like to learn this judging system and asked if there could be a class next year. Please?

What I probably enjoyed most about the competition was getting to see everyone else's tatting - even though they wouldn't let us in that room until it was all setup, but everything was presented SO beautifully. I smiled that someone mounted Lepidoptera Celticus as in a real butterfly collection. What fun! There was also an entry of my favorite snowflake from the Easy Tatting book. I didn't write down the names of who created them, but they made my day! Congratulations to all who entered!!!

Afternoon class was a bit smaller, but still excellent tatters. I especially enjoyed the chance to get to know Wally Sosa, and the butterfly she tatted in the class was a beautiful pink with beads and it was wonderful! I called the long class Celtic Wizardry because I wanted to share the tricks that I have learned to make the Celtic easier. We tatted bug heads, and hugs, and butterflies, and had such fun!!! I'd like to see the photos that Hope took of some of the strange ways I do my tatting. I realize that I do things differently because I have not been in touch with others who tat very much. I learned from others, and shared my methods and experience. That is a good thing to do.

By this time I think everyone was tired and since I neglected drinking enough water I was feeling a little poorly. One of my students had to go lie down, but was feeling better later on. We visited, signed books, talked, tatted, and stayed up and watched the video from the Palmetto tatters on local TV morning news, and last year's tat day. For some reason the tape wouldn't play at normal speed when Mark was tatting. It was stuck on fast forward.

Didn't sleep much Saturday night. My brain was stuck on fast forward. Sunday morning it was so hard to bid farewell to everyone, I picked up my treasure bag from Snowgoose, packed up and ate breakfast. Jane and I stopped for the night in Knoxville where I got to visit with son, Jamie, and his wife LeAnne and our grand daughter, Rachael (who just turned three!) Jane was too tired to go eat supper and fell asleep by about 7:30. I wasn't long after.

Monday the weather was a bit dreary, but we arrived in Cincinnati about 1:30 and Jane was glad to see her family again. I stopped by Wilma's to drop off the goodie bags that I got for her and Patti. They registered, but weren't able to attend this year because of the flu, and Wilma had to have a test on the 9th. I had entered a tatted collar of Wilma's without telling her, and she laughed because it was one she had done a LONG time ago. Wilma got through her angiogram fine, and is home feeling better now.

I'm looking forward to next year, and trying to figure out what on Earth to do with a fan... Celtic of course!