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Tat a Brussels Monument for the World Lace Congress 5 Replies

If you haven't heard about "TAT A BRUSSELS MOMUNENT" for the World Lace Congress in August of 2018 taking place in Brussels, here's the link: …Continue

Started by M. Leigh Martin. Last reply by Kathleen Minniti on Thursday.

Different Methods of Shuttle Tatting 60 Replies

Recently I attended a lace group.  A lady that teaches tatting was there and was pretty much appalled at my tatting method or technique.  She told me to never teach anyone to tat. Another lady said…Continue

Started by Shirley L. Hays. Last reply by fran Mar 9, 2017.

21st Annual Tatting Workshp 7 Replies


Started by Patti Duff. Last reply by Georgia Seitz Jan 8, 2017.

Call for Teachers 1 Reply

The Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild in Spokane, WA, will be holding our 21st Annual Tatting Days and Workshop on May 4-7, 2017. We have a new venue with onsite lodging, new dates and a new schedule with…Continue

Started by Patti Duff. Last reply by Georgia Seitz Aug 10, 2016.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti 6 hours ago

Wow!  That looks like a terrific venue. You are making me Very jealous!!!!!!  :)

Thank you for putting up these photos. I don't do Facebook, so miss out on some things! Very best wishes for another successful weekend. - as I am sure it will be!

Comment by Kathleen Minniti yesterday

I scrounged up some photos from Shuttlebirds' Facebook page to share.  This is main floor lobby at the Ross Point venue.  

And here's the view from the cafeteria:

The classrooms range from intimate to quite large

And there is even a recreation area in the downstairs lobby for "plus-one" non-tatter with billiards, foosball, and ping-pong tables!

Comment by Kathleen Minniti yesterday

I will do my best to take and share photos, Elizabeth.  Last year it didn't even cross my mind to report to you all, and I was way too busy taking classes with a bum foot (major surgery a few months before) to take any photos myself.  It has actually just come up that we don't have anyone in Shuttlebirds doing any marketing beyond the local demonstrations in which we participate. This may be why our Workshop hasn't been growing much, even though we've been running for 22 years now!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on Friday

I would love to come to the Shuttlebirds Weekend, - but distance etc gets in the way!!!  (I am in Melbourne, Australia!!)

Best wishes to all who manage to get there, - and please give us a report, - with some photos, afterwards.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on Thursday

Shuttlebirds 22nd Annual Tatting Workshop registration is still open, and I'm hoping to see some of you there!  Even if you cannot travel to Spokane, please check out the class listings at and let us know what you think.  We are trying to make our Workshop enticing and would love to hear from you!  We moved to a new location last year, with on-site rooms and professional catering at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center in Post Falls, ID.

Comment by Georgia Seitz on December 23, 2017 at 2:26pm

Oh, the pin to measure the picots did not have a hook on it.

Comment by Georgia Seitz on December 23, 2017 at 2:24pm

An article on Civil War Tatting discusses the "tatting pin."

But the term "tatting pin" is not only used for a pin or hook with which to make joins but also as a method for measuring picots. So, if you read an old pattern telling you to wrap the thread twice around the No. 2 tatting pin, it means just that. Take the thread around the pin two times and then go to the next ds.

I remember a photo in an old book once that had the tatting pins on a ring which were "hooks" in various sizes, but the pin to measure picot was just a single pin on a thumb ring.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on December 17, 2017 at 8:41pm

I have a short crochet hook attached to a "Zinger"  as they are called here, - I think it is a fisherman's tool -. It is a small retractable line that I attach the hook to, and then I pin it on myself near my right shoulder (as I am right-handed!) and I just pull out the hook as and when I need it, and then let it retract - slowly & carefully so it does not spring back quickly and take an eye out,!! -  It is very useful.

I recently bought the set of 4 small hooks, in a clear plastic box, (From Lacis or Handy Hands) -and they are all attached to a ring, so that could be clipped to the zinger instead, if I wanted to change hooks a lot. 

Comment by M. Leigh Martin on December 17, 2017 at 7:19pm

Thanks for the clarification, Lorelei.  It's still a cool tool used for tatting.  Thanks for sharing the link. :)

Comment by M. Leigh Martin on December 17, 2017 at 7:16pm

That's an excellent idea, Cheryl.  I think I'll give that a try. :)


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