May 11, 2011

Shuttlebirds, sans pictures.

I've come to grips with my loss of pictures from my recent trip to Shuttlebirds tatting workshop, and I'll push through my reluctance to post about it without pictures, to tell you a little of my adventures!

Our initial plans were to drive all together: myself, my Mom, Gram, and our friend Barb. Due to unforseen circumstances, Gram wasn't able to make it after all though. We were terribly sad to not have her company, but we drove to spokane without event, or speeding tickets. After last year's episode, religious use of the Cruise control was prescribed and adhered to.

At the event, I was given a table to sell my wares. I brought along all those batched of thread I had slaved over in the preceding week, as well as the kits and patterns for my classes, and small selection of my jewelry. I was on the fence about bringing jewelry to put out, but in the end I sold more of that than I did thread! Go figure! All of my things were well received, and I even took a custom order for a set of jewelry.

My first class was with Karey Solomon. She offered a pattern for a small tatted bag built onto a large button. It is all chain work, very relaxing. (honestly, this being my first year as an instructor, I was saving my energy for the classes I would be teaching, not knowing exactly how things would go). Once I get the bag finished from that class, I will show you.

Next that day was my first session teaching my Sweet Pea earring pattern. I had around 5 or 6 students, making it an excellent first attempt at sharing a technique with a group. We laughed, they caught on real quick, and most students finished one of their earrings....some even came the next morning wearing a complete pair! Nothing makes you feel quite so good as seeing your "students" succeed!! That was it for friday sessions, afterword the "tat off" competition was held. I chose to abstain this year, but I will join in next year for sure.

Many vendors were there, and I had to behave myself in order to be a responsible business owner and show a profit after all was said and done.....but I did pick up some Lizbeth from Debbie @ DS9. And a little yellow owl print drawstring tatting bag. Pictures to come. :-)

And Lauren Snyder just happened to have the most perfect horn shuttle at her table. It had my name on it, I swear! (well, after I stuck a lable on it for her to hold until the end of the day for me :-)

Saturday brought a class taught by Jessica Spaulding. She had these awesome little purse frames, and was teaching the pattern for a coin purse. Tatting directly onto the frame was the biggest challenge, so I didn't get all that far in the class....but I do intend to finish it and put it to use.

After that I taught Sweet Pea earrings to another group, this time 10 or 12 tatters. Everybody had good things to say about the class, I am so thankful!

My last session was teaching my rhinestone swirl bracelet. Now that class was a hoot! Everyone did well with the technique.... now there will be blingy wrists with tatted lace and rhinestone everywhere! I was a little worried about having been scheduled in that last time slot of the event, brain fatique caught up with me last year by that time... but the pattern/idea wasn't too complicated and it turned out to be a pretty relaxing project for the end of the road.

All in all, I had a great experience. I plan on going back with new patterns and techniques next year!


Sally Kerson said...

Good for you with the teaching sounds like it went really well, I don't think I could ever do such a thing so think highly of those who can. Also pleased you were not tempted to buy a lot of things.

Karen said...

I enjoyed two of your classes and have made four rhinestone bracelets. Today I'll be finishing the SweetPea earrings while I wait at Dr. office. You wrote your patterns and taught in a way that was easy to understand. Thank you and I look forward to taking more classes from you in 2012! Karen in OR

Krystle said...

Karen! You are one of my star pupils for sure!!!! I'd love to see your bracelets, maybe you'd be willing to send me a picture?

Jessica said...

Just bought a rhinestones chain (is that what they're called?) on Saturday to try out the bracelet. Any chance I can get your stitch count for it? I'm glad I got to teach again this year, and teaching 5 classes means that I actually did walk away with a small profit even after buying a slight absurd number of threads and shuttles. BUT it does make me sad that it means I can't take any classes while I'm there. I'm probably going to do it again next year, though. I sent Patti an email already with 8 class ideas.

Also, you totally have to try to make it out to Camp Wannatat if you can. You'll have a ball.

MimiD said...

You did a great job teaching, Krystle. Thanks for sharing the bracelet. The class was just right for the end of the workshop - pretty and achievable too! I've worn mine a lot and have gotten the materials for more. Whose to make first??-Mimi

Isdihara said...

Oh, I'm SO GLAD your trip and your teaching and your shopping and everything else went well (except for Gram not being able to come).

You have no idea how much I look forward to living vicariously through your Tat Days adventures. Always an extremely satisfying read, even without photos. One of these years I will even take a class from you, or sit next to you in one as I did last year with your marvelous mom!