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May 4 2017 Tatting Newsletter

Spring came early to my little farm in the midwest this year. It brought an explosion of colors with it.

wisteria 2017 Seitz farm
The lane to farm was dripping in wisteria blossoms. Lined by daffodils and paper-white narcissus it had a dainty ground cover of purple flowers. The viburnum tree had so many bright snowball blossoms the stems were dragging the ground. Daffodils have faded now but the peonies in all their reds and pinks and peach colors are opening their blossoms slowly. And a few brave tulips have poked up.
flower by Dagmar Pezzuto

And, although colorless now, the great crops of milk weed plants in the pollination fields will provide a glorious crowd of monarch butterflies in summer.

monarch butterfly tatted by Dagmar Pezzuto

And out in those same fields are geese, ducks and bunnies nesting. And frogs and toads have come out to join in the rain dance. Who knows you might find little critters jumping around here on BellaOnline.com


But while I am enjoying the nature around me others down the lane are thinking about graduation and marriage ceremonies. And some are waiting for those letters of college acceptance. Such excitement in the month of May.

bridal edge by Doc from the files of the Online Tatting Class 2002Pattern

There is an interesting story behind this bridal edging. It was designed by a gentleman ob/gyn doctor who used to sit in on the Online Tatting Class while waiting for the patient's labor to progress to the stage where he was able to be useful. We all rejoiced in the happy outcomes. But the poor fellow had to give us his ob/gyn practice when the insurance premiums became more that his income. That has happened to many of us I believe. But it shows again how helpful tatting can be to stress management.

Let's make a quick review of this pattern which is based on very traditional tatting ideas. Note that the placement of the beads on the central ring of the motif may indeed be varied in position and in number. And the edging forms its own header for attachment to cloth or veil, The repeating motif is a cloverleaf centered on two support rings. Its chain not only travels to the next motif but with a reversal of the work it throws off twin rings for the header.
Stephanie's Bridal Edging

Using one shuttle & ball, string small beads on the ball thread before winding the shuttle. For directional tatting (for the all front/back side look): directions in black = 1st half -> 2nd half of ds, but directions in red = 2nd half -> 1st half of the ds.

SCMR = Self-closing mock ring(See more info on scmr)
R = ring CH = chain + = join - = picot b = bead RW = reverse work SLT = shoelace trick

SCMR 6 - 6 - 6 - 6
CH 6 + 9 - 3 RW
R 12 + 6 - 6 RW
R 6+ 6+ 6 - 6 SLT
SCMR 6 + 4 b 4 bbb 4 b 4 - 6 SLT
R 6 + 6 x 3 RW
R 6 + 6 - 12 RW
CH 3 + 9 - 6
SCMR 6 + 6 + 6 - 6
Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com. Motif Bocher 1912 Tatting Book Bocher 1912 Tatting Book. Among the many patterns for which members of the Online Tatting Class rewrote methods in 2009 and prepared samples, several are still available in the class files. This particular pattern inspired both earrings by Sue MacLeod and a bracelet, too. http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art304112.asp Please visit tatting.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Tatting. To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Tatting located here - http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=39 I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback! Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge! Georgia Seitz, Tatting Editor http://tatting.bellaonline.com One of hundreds of sites at BellaOnline.com PS if you received 2 copies do not worry, had a power outage during sending. Bit of rain storm here.

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