Thursday, July 31, 2008

Beginning of My Blog Adventure

Hello fellow tatters! I already know many of you from your wonderful tatting blogs! I am delighted to be joining you in this amazing world of the "web log". I am new to this blogging technology, so this is a new adventure for me!

Those of you who belong to or follow Sharon Briggs' 25-Motif Challenge may recognize my name from Sharon's posting on Feb. 21, 2008, where she so kindly introduced me to you under the heading "The Tatting of Kathy Niklewicz."

I had written a long letter to Sharon about some of my tatting experiences during the past 20 years, including my efforts in trying to get some of my patterns published, especially my 3-dimensional patterns. I also mentioned how I enjoy demonstrating tatting with a group of gals in Western Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) known unofficially as the "Beaver County Tatters." Carol Lawecki's mom is in our group, and I know many of you are aware of Carol's beautiful tatting through her wonderful blog. Carol has posted photos of Old Economy, (Ambridge, PA), one of our tatting demo sites.

Needless to say, I was overwhelmed last February when I saw Sharon's post about me, which included the photos I had sent to her! You may recognize the "Lady's Slippers", which I designed back in 1993. That was the year I demonstrated tatting (a solo stint) in Mercer, PA, at their annual Victorian Days. I returned to demo five years later, and was delighted to meet Elizabeth Zipay there, who had a wonderful booth where she was selling her exquisite tatted jewelry! Ten years later, this past May, I surprised Elizabeth at her tatting booth in Chantilly, Virginia! It was so wonderful to see her again, and we couldn't believe 10 years had gone by!

Because of the encouragement of wonderful Sharon Briggs and other tatters - especially Elizabeth Zipay and Carol Lawecki (fellow Pennsylvanians!) - I am now starting this blog, which will retrace my tatting journey, and I hope to include current tatting projects. For various reasons I'm not tatting nearly as much as I used to, although I continue to demonstrate tatting with our group about four times a year.

And I definitely want to join the 25 Motif Challenge to share my favorite motifs from the past, and also new projects!

I'll explain the Victorian Doll in my next post! Stay tuned!!


singtatter said...

Wow, what master's works, such pretty slippers and doll! I'm also new to blogging (some 5 months only) amd to designing, there's much to learn still. Looking forward to seeing more of your previous and new works!

Elizabeth said...

YAY! So glad to see you have joined the blog world. I am grinning from ear to ear. I am looking forward to all you will post and share.

TattingChic said...

I cannot wait to see your work! You are incredibly talented!

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Kathy,

Your blog is off to a great start. I hope I get to demonstrate once again with all of you and my Mom soon. I guess the next Historical days won't be until Christmas time.

Happy Tatting!