Thursday, September 6, 2012

Last weekend's tatting demo

This past Labor day weekend, from Friday through Monday, I attended the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, MN.

it was my joy to be able to sit and tat for all 4 days
Here is a look at our booth, we shared it with a bobbin lacer
Pat, she has been the resident tatter for many years but is thinking of switching to bobbin lace

Lady learning to tat,               me,               Pam the bobbin lacer
The gal in the back had been trying to learn how to tat, we were able to get her flipping the stitch, and doing both rings, chains and joins before she left. We showed the flip to more then 3 doz or so of the people who walked past. I sold several starter kits of a boye shuttle and the Learn to Tat with Lacet booklet. 
another view of me in my prairie dress with pioneer bonnet
The bonnet that I am wearing was made by Karrieann
This year's featured farm equipment brand was International Harvester and the gals in the Ladies activities building were encouraged to wear something in red, or an apron made of fabric that featured that brand.

These are the projects that I worked on over the 4 days.
Easy Doily in FireFly size 40
 you can see the bare thread where I am working a split chain as I climb out to the last round. I have been using Krystle's version for the Lark's Head Picot Join because of the sharply contrasting colors, and am trying to figure out how to do one with the split chain, we will see how that works.
Star Attraction Doily in Peacock and DMC Cordonnet Special both size 40
The Easy doily pattern is available from
The Star Attraction doily is one of Linda Davies

I was not able to finish either doily as I need more of the FireFly and Peacock threads from Jess and she is attending TAT DAYs this weekend, so will have to wait for her to get back home. The FireFly doily only needs it's last round, and the Peacock I have to pick out the last repeat as there is an extra ring and join that doesn't need to be there, then finish this round and do the last.  It won't take me too much longer once I can get back to it.  Those who have kept track of my blog will recognize this doily as one that I started earlier in the summer.  It got set aside to do other things and I will get it finished one of these days.

I have many more pictures of all the different ladies crafts as well as some of the steam engines that I will share on other occasions.  it is now past midnight and I need to get to bed


  1. Oooh! Fun!!! I really love how the Fireflies looks! :o)
    And I also love the Peacock doily. Gorgeous!
    I will make Peacock a priority when I get back! :o)

    So, did you get to listen to the International Harvester song while you were there. I like that song. :o)

    1. I'm sure it was played at one of the music venues. I didn't get out of the ladies building much except for meals.

  2. What a fun event! One of these years I'm going to have to visit! Beautiful doilies!

  3. I think the reunion looks like great fun! You get to dress up and everything! Love the doilies!

  4. Look at you - so cute in the old-fashined bonnet! Sounds as if you got some shuttles going over the four days. That is great news for Tat-land for sure!

    Love the Peacock doily - it is really pretty in those colours. You will not cut out that last repeat? So much un-tatting!

    I have tried Krystle's manoeuvre and find that it is very bulky, but perhaps I am not getting it quite right. It does seem to have avoided the 'blips' in your piece, however.

    I am happy for you that you enjoyed FOUR whole days to sit and tat! You deserve it!
    Fox : ))

  5. It is so wonderful to read about taters enjoying themselves while sharing about tatting. Lovely picture of you wearing the bonnet.

  6. Thank you for sharing! I used to do bobbin lace/tatting demonstrations years ago at historical sites, folk fairs, etc when I lived in North Dakota & I always loved doing them. You bring back happy memories for me : )

  7. Vicki at Dove Country TattingThu Sep 13, 05:40:00 AM 2012

    I'm sure you made happy memories for a lot of visitors. I remember the demonstrations of tatting I did at the Maple Fest in Bradys Run, Beaver PA. And the weekend festival in the gardens at Old Economy, PA.


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