THE 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! Every order placed during the month will receive a copy of the pattern.
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: Martha Ess
Martha was born and raised in North Carolina and eventually returned there to stay. Thread and yarn fascinated her even from an early age and she taught herself several types of needlework. Tatting eventually became her favorite, both brand new techniques and the oldest vintage styles.
Her first pattern, “Daisy Heart”, was published in Workbasket in 1985, and she went on to self-publish several pattern books. Her tatting motto is, “If I tat fast enough, maybe I can finish before I run out of thread.”
Martha has a blog she maintains: http://marthas-tatting-blog.blogspot.com/
Here is a list of books published (note the last one listed will debut at Palmetto this year!). In honor of Martha being our Designer of the Month, we are discounting her books during the month of September.
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"
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.
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!
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.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
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!