I finished this on Saturday, but couldn't take a picture of it until this morning because I had left my camera elsewhere. I hate it when that happens.
I am quite proud of this heart, even though, now that I look at it, I can see I didn't follow the pattern exactly. I also had to open the final ring, because I was so excited about being done that I closed it before joining to the first ring. I managed to get it open, thanks to the instructions on Jon's site (thank you!).
When I looked ahead to the next lesson, I see that it's about starting and finishing projects without knots. I guess I should have waited to make this one.
The reason I am trying to learn shuttle tatting, as opposed to making things with needle tatting, is because of the process. Watching my grandma tat was very interesting and mysterious when I was growing up, and understanding what is going on, and being able to duplicate it is very satisfying to me. Even with my little bit of practice, I can occasionally get into a rhythm and my hands look like my grandma's hands! I'm not planning on making a lot of tatted lace, but I'm very pleased I know how to.
I had a very nice piece of mail yesterday. This is one of my JTA certificates. I got two, one each for the two levels I completed, but I'm not sure which one is which. Also, I was very glad it came with a little diagram showing which side was up, otherwise I would not have known. This is correct, and it reads left to right.
They look hand-written to me! They are very fancy, with a gold embossed border and the red signature block. I want to get them framed. Thank you Barb, for being my teacher and guiding me through this whole process.
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