Thursday, July 27, 2017

TCT Retreat Deemed Successful!

Well!  We all agreed that our FIRST Twin Cities Tatters Retreat was successful, and that it should be an annual event.  We didn't want to leave - we may have to add a winter retreat!
We found ourselves tatting and chatting so much that we lost track of time.  Time flies with such good entertainment - ha!  We were so busy creating and sharing ideas, it was wonderful.
I didn't get pictures of all 8 bags, but we spent time decorating our own tatting bags.  As I said, we started by using Frivole's Twinkle Twinkle pattern - and then the ideas got to flowing.  Some didn't finish, some of us want to do it over as the ideas kept surfacing.  Eventually, we will all have our bags adorned :)  

Lotsa pictures - but excuse the quality! I thought they were better, but  maybe putting them into collages had something to do with it.

There was so much sharing of information - how to . . . where to . . . which book . . . etc.  And all the beautiful work that was happening was so fun to see.  We each had our own table to spread out our stuff (and boy, did we have stuff spread out!)  We had a table full of items to share, as well as the occasional "Hey, does anyone have ____ colored thread?" Let's just say it was a well-stocked room ;)

There was a nice mowed walking path to be able to get up and take a short nature hike, which a few of us did a couple of times.  Of course I found this an opportunity to take a few photos - plants are so beautifully intricate when you really look at them.

Back to the reality of tatting in my chair with my stuff piled onto an endtable!  And so many new ideas.  It was a pleasure spending a couple of days with experienced tatters and sharing so much information.  What a great group of ladies!  Tatters are truly wonderful, generous, kind.  I am SO glad we have plans to do this again.

Monday, July 24, 2017

TCT Retreat!

Twin Cities Tatters First Annual Retreat is underway!  And what a beautiful retreat spot we've found.  There are 8 of us here, and we have chatted and tatted our first day away!  

We arrived late this morning, and dove right in to tatting, chatting, sharing “supplies” (Diane’s generosity was unstoppable!) and laughing a lot!  The retreat center is wonderful – even better than we had imagined!  Well-lighted craft room, huge kitchen, comfy living area, and plenty of room in the bedrooms for each of us to have our own space. 

We worked on LaCossette’s Twinkle Twinkle pattern to adorn our first annual Twin Cities Tatters retreat tatting bags – and the creativity was flowing!  I will have to take photos tomorrow of everyone’s bags.  AND Frivole ever so generously donated one of her beautiful shuttles for our first annual retreat raffle.  We jealously congratulated Heidi for winning!

I’m certain tomorrow will fly by as quickly as today with this fabulous group of women and our common love of tatting, among other crafts.  There’s so much to talk about and so many ideas to share.

I bet you wish you were here!