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I need to pinch myself! I am here in Denver and today we go sightseeing. There is a miniature doll and toy museum on the list, the Colorado State Capitol Building, a visit to the Hobby Lobby and who knows what else might turn up.
Dear husband snuck a card congratulating me into my suitcase without my knowing it! What a sweetie.
I am very much enjoying the weather and the mountain clouds. The last time I was here I got altitude sickness (Denver altitude is one mile high),
Oh my! This is it. Thursday I fly to Denver, with one of my best girlfriends for company! We will be there from Thursday to Sunday with straight through flights for short travel time.
I am practically delirious. According to the information I got, my Hyperbolic samples are "prominently displayed".
Come on Thursday!
Well, this is a fine pickle!
There was a conversation about a vintage centerpiece (large doily) that is all worked with one shuttle and one thread in the Priscilla Tatting book #1. I looked at it online and said, "oh my! all those bits and pieces! There are almost as many ends to hide as there are rings and chains.
I like the center of it and manage the work about 25% of it in one pass. I am still working on making the outer rounds of the center in as few
Well, just knock my socks off! I got an email today requesting one of my spiral pieces of Hyperbolic Tatting for an exhibition at the Denver Museum of Art. The person making the request had seen my Hyperbolic Tatting in an IOLI Bulletin.
I consider this a slightly delayed birthday present!
Early, early Sunday morning, I was sitting at my desk and I felt a rolling kind of earthquake. We now live in a mobile home and it literally felt like a wave moving along the short axis of our home.
I've lived in California most of my life, so I have felt lots of earthquakes, but not in some time. It was kind of cool. Mild earthquakes are not violent and there are so many kinds of earthquakes, too.
It's been over a year and a half since we moved here and I wondered when we would
Last night was crafts night at church. Several groups who usually meet separately were there. Lots of people noticed that I was tatting, but one woman helps care for her nieces and asked if she could bring them next week. I said SURE! Come on down. I love to teach kids, they are so enthusiastic!
I have written several thousand posts and the reason I found that out was a lot of what I teach is explained right here on InTatters and refined over time. The refined over time part is really interesting. I have developed new viewpoints as new complications come up. So I am re-reading all my posts and the threads they appear in and trying to use all this information as a rough draft of technical tatting advice.
It would be useful to me to let me know when I said something that
I am teaching a morning class of Free Form Tatting, and an afternoon class of Solutions and Possibilities and they are going smashingly well. I asked both classes today if they felt the classes were going well for them and got some great comments. Everyone is going great, learning new things.
I was thrilled today when several tatters in the afternoon classed expressed interest in Maltese tatting and mastered the basic methods.
We were also able to compare the Catherine
Bright and early Saturday morning, I am off to the IOLI convention to teach 3 classes of tatting for the whole week! I may have no voice when I finish, but I am sure it will be a blast!!!! And I have accepted a brand newbie to be in the class. I just couldn't say no.
I am teaching a clinic type class: bring your problems and we'll take a crack at it. And I am teaching a Free Form Class. I can't even imagine how that will turn out! It is smaller, so we will have the courage to
Today, after having had a cough and feeling terrible for a week, the doc tells me I have pneumonia. So I got some strong drugs and told to rest. (Mind you, taking codeine cough syrup tends to make you have a restful disposition.) But to the minute after I took the first dose, I started coughing again. But I already feel better because the fever is gone. What a blessing.
Around the time I went to high school, teachers started asking for "papers". Nothing as fancy as a term paper, but we had to go through all the steps: pick a topic, research, write notes with references for the bibliography, copy a quote or make an observation, review the notes, write an outline and fill in the data with quoted and footnoted references.
You know what my biggest problem was? I didn't think I had any idea worthy of foisting on an unsuspecting public. To
So I am limping around because I broke my toe! Doesn't interfere too much, but quite unexpected. I remember bumping into something yesterday, but it was today that I figured it out.
The only good thing is that I can still tat!!! Not like when I broke my hand. What a fun day this has been.
I have been participating in a very geeky, but very fun thing. There is a website called Zooniverse that recruits normal, everyday people to help scientists go through lots of data and do what humans do best, image recognition. There are 20 something projects now, but one just closed and I have been notified that I have found a Kuiper Belt Object! The Kuiper Belt is the space out at the edge of the solar system where lots of icy bodies spend all their cold, dark time. Since Pluto got demoted
Went to my friend's house today to start to teach her tat. In the course of the afternoon, her neighbor showed up with her grandmother's tatting things and joined us in pursuit of the flip. Then my friend's son joined us and was soon tatting away.
The son made an error I hadn't seen before. Somehow he got the idea that you flip the first half and don't flip the second half. But I must say that his lock stitch ring was looking pretty good, even if he couldn't close it. Very clever
I read in the comments that new member wrote about how much the first tatting she had ever seen captivated her. Well, that triggered a recollection of the first tatting I ever saw and received as a gift. In the fourth grade, when I was nine years old, Pasty Davis' grandmother tatted cross bookmarks for everyone in our class. I was mystified, enchanted and totally absorbed in trying to figure it out. As I recall, the crosses had a simple ring and chain design, but it was SO fascinating. I did