No Tatting to Show! Alas! However, a monkey, an owl, and a hatband are in progress and the pattern for a bit of lace for a wedding has been chosen and thread ordered. (Mary K.'s The Pattern Collection: "Beauty Spots" edging)
In between projects I decided to take a leap into Sharon Brigg's Design Class. We've done lesson 1 and I'm beginning Lesson 2 today.
When I first learned to tat (from a book) my goal was just to get something tatted. I did not think much about stitch count or shape of my rings; I was too intent on learning to follow a pattern. Well, that was a few years ago (I forget exactly when but it was late 90's). Since then I've finished a number of projects small and large, with mixed results. Some I've liked and some I haven't.
However, when I was fortunate enough to receive tatting as gifts and remembrances, I noticed that mine did not 'quite' look like the others. That was my introduction to directional, front side/back side tatting and thinking about tension. But still, I was moving forward, learning new techniques while participating in the on line tatting classes.
Health has caused me to cut back on my activities, but tatting is a large part of my daily schedule. Who's kidding who? My day is tatting, intersected by meals!
All things considered, the question might be asked, "Why, at this late date have you signed up for a 'design' class?" In all honesty, I don't really know. I have the time, the interest and mine is one of those minds that is 'inquiring.' This brings me to my banner question, Can learning be an addiction?
If so, it is a positive addiction. I love learning about everything...I am an insatiable reader and thinker. In spite of my years and a few gray hairs, I don't see this changing at all! At heart, I'm still 19!
I'll report back from time to time and let you know how I think I am doing with the class. I am not happy with my simple rings from Lesson One; I may even re do them! As compared to the other students they were lacking. I guess the best thing I can say about my first lesson is that it was well organized.
I've decided not to look at the discussion on our design list until after I've done my homework and posted it in the correct file; then, I'll participate in that portion.
I also decided to begin organizing, printing and putting the lessons in archival sheet protectors in a binder. If I don't do this from the first, I'll have a conglomerate of papers that serve no purpose. Organized, they become a record of the class, a terrific reference for posterity. I might even design something, doubtful; but, who knows?