The Atlanta IOLI hosted their Lace Workshop at Simpsonwood Conference Center on April 8-10, 2011. The bobbin lacemakers concentrated on honing their skills in Milanese Lace with Louise Colgan or Honiton Lace with Sheila Wells. .
There weren't enough participants so the tatting class had to be canceled. I was disappointed, but my friend and fellow tatter DianaB got together anyway. We spent the weekend working on a set of patterns by Inke Kuiperij. This year we chose to work on her book Kerstgroep (The Nativity).
The book contains instructions for Mary, Joseph the Baby Jesus with cradle, 3 kings (each robe is different) a star and an angel. The instructions are in Dutch but diagrams and short code tatting instructions are included.
One robe and the start of a mantel.
One of the techniques that I worked on over the weekend was the split chain. Now the words 'split chain' no longer fill my heart with dread. It is a technique well worth learning, if you have not done so already.