Sunday, October 13, 2013

State Fair!

We went to Columbia, South Carolina, to the State Fair, yesterday - it was time well-spent, as we spent it in the Palmetto Tatters booth!  We talked with passersby about tatting and offered (their choice) a small tatted memento of their visit. 
Answers to random questions by passersby:
  • Yes, the little tatted angel/spider/butterfly/turtle/owl is absolutely free.
  • No, we're not pushing a 'cause' - other than educating others in how to tat, and offering encouragement.
  • No, it has nothing to do with tattoos.
We also demonstrated how we tat, and most of us made up little items we put on the table for passersby.  I made several turtles and a butterfly:

Autumn Butterfly
  • 1 shuttle and fingertatting, or two shuttles CTM (I pulled off about 12" of thread, tied it to a shuttle with thread on it, and used that)
  • ^ = tiny construction picot
  • . = close ring
  • + = join
  • LJ = lock join
  • SS = switch shuttles
Tat the ring with the shuttle (or Shuttle 1, if you tied your pulled-off thread to another shuttle)
R:    10 ^ 4 ^ 4 ^ 10. SS
Ch:  8 - 1 - 1 - 6 ^ 2 LJ (to next ^ on R)
Ch:  2 + (to ^ on previous Ch) 6 --- 8 LJ (to next ^ on R)
Ch:  8 ---6 ^ 2 LJ (to next ^ on R)
Ch:  2 + (to ^ on previous Ch) 6 - 1 - 1 - 8 LJ (to base of R)
Tie, cut, trim ends the same length (they're the antennae)

They make up fairly quickly, and they're a nice change of pace from the classic 4-ring butterfly we've all made tons of!


  1. It is impressive how dedicated the Palmetto Tatters are to sharing and dispensing knowledge about tatting! (The South Caroiina fair visitors are definitely becoming aware of it!) The conventions are a lot of work, and the Fair is also a busy time for all of you! It's such a great idea to give away samples, and this is a very cute butterfly. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  2. What fun! I think I'd better get started on some tatting to give away. Denise and I are planning on demonstrating tatting at Christmas in the Village in December. We know we won't see as many people as you do, but we are interested in spreading the word!