Sometimes Tatting is a Contact Sport

The alternate title was “Tatting Till I Bled and then Tatting Some More.”

Just got back to Seattle from the Shuttlebirds tatting conference in Spokane followed by Camp Wannatat in Montana.  Both were awesome.  Five days of teaching, learning and talking tatting with some really fantastic tatters.  Once I get caught up on work-work and school-work I’ll do a series of posts about both the Shuttlebirds conference and Camp Wannatat.  So much to talk about for both! Plus, I still haven’t blogged about visiting the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale or Lacis in Berkeley on the way up!

I want to at least put up this picture that Gina Butler took for me in Montana.  If I’m going to tat all day the bandage (athletic tape) around my middle finger is a necessity to avoid having the thread create a groove in my finger and break the skin.  The one around the pinky is there for the same reason and if I do a lot of tatting for more than a day or so I need it too.  The one around the index finger of my right hand is a new one.  I’ve never needed it before, but one of our projects at Camp Wannatat had HUGE rings.  The largest was 84 stitches and while trying to pull one closed I manage to make the thread slice through the skin and draw blood.  It was like a really big papercut right on the side of the knuckle.

Did that stop me from tatting for the rest of the day?  Of course not.  I bandaged it up and soldiered on.  I wasn’t about to let it keep me from soaking up as much as I could of the opportunity I had to learn from the fantastic tatters teaching at Camp Wannatat.

I did take it easier once classes were over and spent most of my time flipping through Bobbie’s amazing pattern library, getting demonstrations of new techniques, buying more thread than I need from Debbie Arnold and winding shuttles so I can get started on some new projects in earnest as soon as my finger is healed up (and I finish getting caught up with all that pesky work-work and school-work…)


  1. Fox Said,

    April 20, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    WOW! Someone whose hands look just like mine! I can hardly believe my eyes!!! You poor thing. I use a lot of Ozonol cream. Do you have it in the USA? It is fabulous for these kinds of wounds – and many more. Raised my kids with it!
    Fox : )

  2. Gina Said,

    April 21, 2011 @ 3:19 am

    I’ve been to camp wannatat once and what an experience! I would love to do it again but I suspect I won’t have that opportunity. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

  3. admin Said,

    April 21, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Fox – I’ll have to look for it. Thanks for the tip!

    Gina – Hope you get to make it again sometime. I’m trying to figure out how I can go again too.

  4. IsDihara Said,

    April 24, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    When I saw t his photo on the 25 Motif Challenge blog I exclaimed (much like Fox’s post) because I, too, could not believe my eyes.

    You poor thing! Several times this winter dry, crack and bleeding fingers required bandaging so I could continue tatting.

    Your threads remind me of Cat’s Cradle-style string tricks. Wonder how many people see tatters and think the same thing? *grins*

    Thanks Fox, I will try the Ozonol cream too!

  5. admin Said,

    April 26, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    I’ve gotten asked before if I’m doing a cats cradle, but it’s much more fun than that.

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