The hardest part of attending Palmetto Tat Days is choosing classes. Of course I want to take them all! I can't imagine how hard it is for the organizers to select which classes will be offered.
The event is so well organized! We each had a folder that contained the patterns for our classes, and the schedule was on the front of the folder, making it very easy to keep track of where we were supposed to be and when. Luckily, this year I remembered to change my watch when we entered the Eastern time zone. Last year I almost missed lunch, because I thought it was an hour earlier than it was!
Thursday night was our first class, with everyone invited! This little flour-de-lis designed by Linda Reiff is the only project I managed to finish. I rewarded myself with a shopping trip in the vendor room!
My Saturday morning class was with Erin Holloway Moseley. Her Josephine Chain Square Motif was a challenge for me, because I couldn't figure out why my Josephine chain wasn't twisting. It turns out there was a simple solution. I just needed to drop my shuttle in a different direction before tatting the rings. I will finish this just to make sure I have the pattern down pat, and then I will tat another the correct way!
Saturday afternoon started with Sharren Morgan's Chain of Violets. Once I understood the bead placement, this was very easy! I plan on finishing this as a bracelet.
Sandra Eichelberger's Elegant Clovers Necklace is a challenge for me because of all the split rings. At least those split rings have beads instead of picots! Honestly, if I had read the description or looked at the picture carefully, I might not have taken this class because of the split rings. I'm glad I wasn't careful! I think this is going to be a beautiful necklace!
Wally Sosa's Button Flower Oya Igne Style was really interesting! I had no idea how to do this technique, and I'm very glad I learned it. I think it will open up lots of possibilities, maybe even a new Ice Drop! 😉
The most difficult class for me was Linda Reiff's Mekik Oyasi Turkish Tatting. I think I understand the concept now. This will be another one that I finish knowing that it will be far from perfect, but I feel confident that my technique will improve on the next one!
If you've never attended a tatting conference such as Palmetto Tat Days, I encourage you to give it a try. It's tremendous fun to meet other tatters and learn tips and techniques to improve tatting skills. Thank you to all the wonderful people who put Palmetto Tat Days together, and a special thank you to all the teachers who have given me inspiration to try new techniques and challenge myself in new ways.