Sunday, January 23, 2011

SSSR Success :)

Another technique that has been eluding me is the SSSR (Single Shuttle Split Ring).  There are great online learning tools - a YouTube video, and written instructions.  But the best way for me to learn is hands-on.  Yesterday we had our 2nd gathering of the Twin Cities Tatters, and the SSSR is the technique we focused on.  Sooooo, I've been practicing. 

I think I've got it! No more cringing when I see a pattern that includes the SSSR.  Another technique under my belt.  And another success - our TCT gathering more than doubled from our first meeting with 5 tatters this time.  Imagine spending a couple of hours on a cold winter day in a warm coffee shop with 5 talkative tatters!  

I've also gotten a couple of bookmarks done that I will count toward my 2nd 25-Motif Challenge.  This is a pattern I tend to do over and over again from Jane Eborall's blog.  

Motif #10
Lisbeth Mountain Breeze, Size 20

And this bookmark is a pattern I saw quite a while ago (couple of years?) that I thought I would remember.  Of course I forgot where I saw it, and never came across it again until a few days ago on Peachtree Cottage Creations.  

Motif #11
Lizbeth Jelly Bean and Spring Green, Size 20

The past week has been incredibly cold here - it was -22 degrees below zero when we got up one morning.  And we continue to get snow about every other day it seems - even if just an inch or so - so it's piling up.  In fact, my picnic table is . . . well . . . a bit under the weather.  Literally.


  1. Way to go Cindy! Your TCT group meeting sounds nice and learning something new to boot? That is WONDERFUL!

    Pretty bookmark! I like how it tat's up with the variegated thread.

    And as far as the snow... How do you get out in that!

    :) Ann

  2. Very nice tatting. Great job on the Spring Flowers one :-)

  3. Congratulations! Good for you! No more fear is a good thing and side benefit.

    Your bookmarks are both very pretty. I love that one of Jane's - shall check out the link. Thanks.

    We are at -22 degrees as well, but without the load of snow you have been struggling with. We have enough of it though and I HOPE it does not get worse Ah, the winter. Don't you just love it!
    Fox : )

  4. Nice going with the SSSR! I've been working on it, too, as I want to make Ann's dragon. All your tatting today looks good!
    I wish I was closer (okay, except for all that snow) so I could join you when you meet with the TCT. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  5. Congratulations on learning a new technique!
    Your bookmarks look fantastic! :)

  6. Forgive my lame-ness if it is right there in front of my face, but I went to Jane Eborall's pattern page and didn't see that lovely bookmark you made in Lizbeth Mountain Breeze?

    Can you help me find it?

    Both of your bookmarks are so very lovely! And you are doing great with the single shuttle split ring! I still shy away from those, as the instructions hurt my brain. If only I lived close enough to come to your tatting group and learn them first hand. *sigh*

    Thanks for the heaping helpings of inspiration today! And bless your soul for carrying on with so much snow!

  7. Thanks - wish you all were closer to join our group :)

    Isdihara, the link on my post goes to a post from 3/11/09 on Jane's blog with the pattern. (I think it's not on her pattern pages as it's not her own pattern.)

    Wanda - I want to make a dragon too!

    And believe it or not, today our temperature was in the mid 20's - fairly 'warm'! I always get a kick out of how our temps can fluctuate by 40-50 degrees in just a day or two!


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