Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop–part one

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending The Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop in WA/Idaho.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was testing out a workshop concept of ‘Make-It-Take-It’ enameled/glass/copper shuttles. The idea was that I created the base shuttles of one color. The workshop part was that tatters (or non-tatters—I will not discriminate) would decorate their shuttles themselves in various techniques that I provided and I would then torch-fire the piece to produce the final product.

I would like to report that the workshop was a resounding success. 29 beautiful shuttles were produced!

The following photos show the results.

Several people were ‘painters’ and used acrylic enamels to paint designs onto the shuttles.  Several shuttles were created using sifting techniques and stencils.  Two shuttles were created using a rubber stamp lacy design.

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Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop & Make-It-Take-It Glass/Enamel Tatting Shuttles

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I’M SOOO EXCITED! I leaving tomorrow to go to Spokane, WA to the Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop. I have been there once (probably 15+ years ago). Looking forward to seeing alot of old and new friends from that part of the country. I’m teaching, vending, and trying a totally new venture: Make-It-Take-It Enamel Shuttles. I have been creating the shuttles with various (somewhat innocuous) base colors. I am taking several colors of enamels with me and various ways to decorate the shuttles further. Then tatters will use these materials to decorate their own shuttle. I will torch-fire the shuttle into a unique work of art. This is a pilot project for me….I have been prepping for months. The pre-sale response has been overwhelmingly good for me. Now I just hope this whole idea works and tatters get shuttles they are happy with. If it works like I hope it does, there should be some beautiful new shuttles produced. I’ll try to take pictures.