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Welcome to Our World of Thread

Here at the Tatting Corner we LOVE thread!

Did you know that there are at least 9 different ways to measure thread? And it varies by country and brand. Most of the threads we carry are measured by weight.

We have the traditional tatting cotton or size 80 threads; we have embroidery floss; we have the old fashioned bedspread weight cottons as well as crochet thread for the "threadies" (a new 'technical' term I learned at the National Knit & Crochet show). We also have size 50 for the Bobbin Lacers.

No matter your discipline or art form we have found that the many different sizes of threads available these days allows for plenty of versatility for anyone who loves to work with thread. Even size 40 Lizbeth thread is great for projects that use a sewing machine!

Our store has a great selection of threads, tools and books for crocheting, bobbin lacing, embroidery and tatting. Please be our guest and browse our store.

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Welcome to our first Designer's Corner. Each month we will be introducing you to a different designer, some just starting out, others well-seasoned and published. Besides an introduction and display of some of their work, the designers will share a free pattern with you!

We're excited to bring you this feature. There are so many great designers out there. We want to share their story with you!

If you are a designer, we'd love to tell your story here and display some of your work. Please contact us at Jennifer@tattingcorner.com. Thank you!

Our Featured Designer This Month: Tamie Alliss

Tamie was born and raised in northwestern Indiana. She was introduced to tatting at the age of 13 but began pursuing tatting in her 20’s after she took a class at Lee Wards. She just worked with the basics of rings and chains.

Then she met Regina Brummett (The Tatting Goddess) who showed her how to make split rings. Regina brought Tamie to meet the gals at Zig-Zag Corner Quilts & Baskets Tatting Guild! It was through the guild meetings that she says "I learned many different techniques and was able to improve. I also learned about differences in thread which opened up many doors of what tatting can be used for".

At the monthly guild meetings Tamie became an inspiration for other attendees by her passion and quick tatting!  She was always quick to pick up a new technique and then by next month she would have multiple pieces made using the new technique. It has been fun to watch Tamie blossom and grow as a tatter. 

Tamie started making her own designs to sell at local craft fairs.  She uses many things for inspiration; she doesn't always follow a pattern and says, "If I find a technique that will work better for me I use it.  Sometimes that will give a pattern a different look and that helps to make each person's work unique." 

Now Tamie is a budding designer with Grandpa's Tractor as her best seller.  Two other new patterns will be making their debut this month:  Beaded Bracelet and Garden Gate Bracelet. 

Tamie's Strawberry Delight is our FREE Pattern of the Month! All orders placed during the month of August will receive a copy of the pattern.

Tamie’s Strawberry Delight (above) is our free pattern of the month!


Improved Shopping

Recently one of our customers sent us a note describing in detail the steps she had to take to add multiple balls of thread to her shopping cart and the frustration she experienced. Because of her detailed explanation we were able to pinpoint precisely where changes to the site could be made to address the issue. It turned out the changes were not major and we went ahead and implemented them.

Now when you shop for products, you can add multiple items from the product listing to your cart without leaving the page adding significant convenience.

Just goes to show you that sometimes it pays to share your ideas. We do listen and, when possible, we try to respond quickly especially if we feel the change would have broad appeal.

15th Annual Tatting Days - "A Snowman's Tale"

15th Annual Tatting Days

We just posted details about the 15th Annual Tatting Days which will be held Nov. 12-14, 2015 in Greenfield, Indiana. Once again we are hosting three days of classes and activities. The Shuttle Brothers, Randy and Gary Houtz, will join us again as will Marilee Rockley and Merie Lettieri. They will be providing instruction for the classes.

The location for the event has changed. This year it will be at the Eden United Methodist Church, 2122 E Eden Rd. in Greenfield, IN 46140.

For more detail and to register online, view this page.

Customer Appreciation Program

Loyal Tatting Corner customers will now earn discounts on future orders regardless if their purchase includes items already discounted. Previous awards gave discounts only on full-priced items.

All current customers are automatically enrolled in the program. Tatting Corner customers earn one point for every dollar spent, excluding applicable taxes and shipping. For every 125 points, customers receive a coupon good for 5% off their entire order including items that may have already been discounted.

If you have been a long time customer of the Tatting Corner, you may have already earned more than one coupon. If that's you, you can expect to hear from us in the near future. We will send you the coupons you are entitled to so you can begin immediately enjoying discounts on your purchases.

To learn more about this program please visit the Customer Appreciation Program page.

Now It Is Easier Than Ever To Get FREE Shipping!

We have lowered the limit for free shipping from $100 to $55. Now it is easier than ever for U.S. customers to enjoy FREE SHIPPING at the Tatting Corner. Even if your order doesn't qualify, you can still enjoy our low flat $6.95 domestic rate when other shipping fees are higher.

Winners of the 2014 Show 'n Tell Contest

We are so excited to announce the winners of this year's Show 'n Tell Contest. With so many wonderful tatted designs, I'm sure it would have been difficult to vote for a favorite. We had a couple thousand votes cast and even at that several categories were closely contested!

Check out the winners here.


Summer Is Flying By

Summer is in full swing, but flying by...in two and a half weeks our kids will be back in school. So inbetween gathering school supplies, we're finishing up 4-H records and trying to preserve what little produce survived in our garden around all the rain.

We are really excited to introduce our new mobile-friendly designed site, dedicated blog and our new gallery. These new summer additions are here to stay, as we hope to grow more artist of the future and preserve the traditions of the past.

My blog has been in the works for over a year and I am excited to be able to share it with you. My goal is to use it as a tool with the primary function of educating by sharing tips and techniques. I want folks to always feel free to send in suggestions or ideas if there is a particular topic they wish to have us delve into.

I’m so happy to finally be able to share our new gallery with everyone. For the past 19 years we have been busy making samples for classes, new lines of fabrics and just fun creating. We have over 300 quilt tops/finished quilts, pillows, collages and more, that need good homes. So depending on how long it takes me to add them to the gallery there should be new Quilts joining the current selections.

Our quilts have been professionally pieced and quilted to showcase the fabrics and the designs. Our children are also enjoying creating so we are having fun adding in their clay animal creations. Their goal is to save up money for college (we have one that wants to be a Vet which will take 7 years of school after high school!).

Also we have the date set for our 15th Annual Tatting Days! It'll be November 12-14th. We have changed the schedule around a little to make it easier on folks traveling in for the three day event. Schedules and registration should be available August 1st.

Happy Creating!


Do you have an event you want listed here? Contact Jennifer@tattingcorner.com and describe your event with information similar to the events below. Events related to lacemaking, tatting, crocheting and other similar crafts are welcome!

Coralville, IA
Visit www.internationalorganizationoflace.org for more information.
July 27 - August 2, 2015
2015 TAT DAYS - "Tatting Angels Among Us"
Palmetto Tatters, Toccoa, GA
Visit www.palmettotatters.org for more information.
September 4 - 5, 2015
Annie's Craft Festival
Cambridge, Ontario
Visit www.fringetatters.ca for more information and registration.
September 25 - 26, 2015
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, IN 4680
Visit www.anniescraftfestival.com for more information.
October 20 - November 1, 2015
15th ANNUAL TATTING DAYS - "A Snowman's Tale"
Greenfield, Indiana
For More information and to register online, visit here. Or download our brochure and mail in your registration. Class size is limited so first come, first served. Register early if you want your first class choice.
November 12 - 14, 2015