Wednesday, May 9, 2012

nuntium septuagesimum quartum (74th post) Stunned

It gets crazier.  Last week during our exploratory learning day, I was able to teach 10 kids to tat.  I'm not kidding- I was stunned.  I'm convinced it all has to do with Heather of Tatted Treasures videos.

I told them we could have tatting club on Monday.  Imagine my surprise when they brought four more kids.  They learned too!  14 in a week!!!

I saw one of the kids in the hall on Monday and asked if she'd been tatting and she got a huge grin and said she'd made a bookmark!  She knew rings and chains but not picots or joining so here's what she made.

Can you stand it?  I am over the moon.

I even got to tat this weekend despite grades due on Monday.  It was a request from a certain daughter in her favorite size 80 vintage Aunt Rose-E thread.  It's the slightly modified Mary Konior Convolvulus edging.

And remember the thread from Diane?  I tried the YLI Nordic Fjord.   Look at these purples in it. Same cross- it's easy and I love it!

And just for fun, this is my front yard- in early May - in Minnesota!!!

Latin for today:  attonitissima sum = I'm stunned  (and of course convolvulus means intertwined)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

nuntium septuagesimum tertium (73rd post) TEN!!!!!

TEN - that is the number of middle school students that I taught to tat yesterday.  Every single one of them got the flip!  All of them.  They all made chains of at least 10 ds or more.  Three of them made even made rings.

It was an exploratory learning day- we do this every year- I thought I'd try tatting again.  But this time I got smart and used Tatted Treasures videos (Heather- you are brilliant!).  We started with chains and two colors of thread and that's why it worked.  It was SO exciting!

And they want to meet again- after school on Monday.  We're going to have tatting club!

And then when I got home, there was an envelope from Diane- she is so generous with her thread.  Lookee, lookee- I can't wait to start.
I am so lucky!!