Gina Brummett
of Indiana

Email: rabrummett@purdue.edu

Website: http://threadsofatattinggoddess.blogspot.com/

Bio | Class 1 | Class 2 | Class 3 | Conference | Samples

May 1, 2005


I'm from Tippecanoe County in Lafayette, Indiana, home to Purdue University and The Feast of the Hunter's Moon at Fort Ouiatenon. I taught myself to tat in 1998 from a selection of how-to books and Carrie Carlson's online diagrams. The following year I started entering tatting into the county fair and since then have won a total of 2 Sweepstakes, 2 Reserve Sweepstakes, 8 blue ribbons, 4 red ribbons, a People's Choice Award and 1 Special Award for innovative use of a design.

For the past 2 years I've written a tatting blog online, Threads of a Tatting Goddess at http://threadsofatattinggoddess.blogspot.com/ and I host a yahoo group with the same name. Last year I attended Palmettos Tat Day, a workshop in Montana, and the Greenfield, Indiana guild's Tat Day. I'm also active with my local group, Lafayette Lacer's, and we are hosting a Lace Day in May, 2005. I recently completed the Apprentice phase of Tatters Across Time and just filled out my application for the second phase.

I love meeting other tatters!

Class 1

"Decorative Cords, the Split Ring Way"

Time: Saturday, 9 to 11

Techniques: Rings and Split Rings and Color Play
Projects: scissors fob, eyeglass holder

Beginner to Intermediate Level: Never tatted-true beginner up to a knowledge of how to tat a ring and/or a split ring or just a desire to tat this project.

An introduction to rings and split rings; how to make them. Two short lengths will be woven together, looking like a braid, to make a scissors fob. I have a second project, made the same way, to make an eyeglasses holder. This is also a lesson in color play. Depending on the way colors are used in the split rings and also how they are woven together, it creates different effects. I will also explain how I used beads in one project, but that will not be part of the supply list.

Requires at least one pair of shuttles – the student can reload them for the second length of split rings or bring a second pair of shuttles.
Thread size 20 or larger, two contrasting colors.
Crochet hook to pull the rings through each other. A larger size than what is normally used for joins will work better.

The scissors fob may be completed in class but the eyeglass holder will take longer. Same technique.

Class 2

"All Roads Lead to Home, Four Ways to Make a Decorative Cord"

Time: Friday, 3:30 to 5:30

Techniques: Rings, Chains, Split Rings, Pearl Tatting
: Making decorative cords. Sample will be in a Butterfly Slide Necklace with other motifs demonstrated.

Intermediate to Advanced Level: Knowledge of rings, chains and split rings. Knowledge of pearl tatting is a plus but can be learned during class time. Or just a desire to tat this project.

I will demonstrate how to make a decorative cord or “false plait” by 4 different methods. The most complicated will require 4 shuttles.
1) The simplest method will be the one used in the beginner course above.
2) There is a method used by tatting pearl chains and weaving them together.
Then there are 2 types that involve 4 shuttles.
3) One gives the appearance of a braid.
4) The other looks like chain links.

The bulk of the lesson is how to make the cord, the variations that result with color changes, adding beads and decorative picots. The completed cord is then inserted through the wings of a butterfly motif. The butterfly pattern is from an old Needlecraft magazine (before copyright laws were enacted). The cord in that pattern is different from what I’m teaching.

Additionally, I will have other motifs to demonstrate that you can use any motif big enough to replace the butterfly to make a necklace by this method. Will also discuss other possible uses for decorative cord. There will not be enough time to complete the project, but students should be able to master all of the techniques.

At least 4 shuttles and a way to identify each pair
Size 20 or larger thread
Beads (optional)

Class 3 Team Teaching with Georgia Seitz

"Time to tat, chat, teach and learn while finishing up the workshop projects"

Time: Saturday, 3 to 5

Technique: Any needed review may be requested on the spot
Project: Finishing your workshop project or doing a whole new one

Study Hall: This session provides additional instruction for the student who wants more direction and time to complete a project begun in an earlier class. Also, feel free to join this class if you’ve been working at home on a pattern by this designer and would like some guidance in its completion.

Intermediate to Advanced Level

Teacher will take requests for techniques to be reviewed while tatters complete projects or just tat along.

Whatever is needed to complete your project or that you need to review.

Conference: Saturday, 11:30 to 1:30, with Karen and Mark.

Samples of teacher’s work:

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