Who Is Karen Bovard
Married (17+ years to George Bovard); two children--a girl (Caitlin) aged 11 and a boy (Billy) aged 7 years old. (See Family Photo Album.)
I work 3/4 time as an Electron Microscopy Technologist in the Department of Pathology at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska (been there 17 years).
I have been tatting for about 20 years---taught the basics by my grandmother and then self-taught beyond that.
I have tatted alot of basic tatting patterns in the past and though I still love to tat article, I am currently fascinated by advanced tatting techniques, design elements, history of tatting especially evolution of tatting techniques.
Other Needlecraft Interests
Knitting, embroidery, macrame, sewing (including tailoring and heirloom sewing), cross-stitch, embroidery.
Learning to lace knit, identification of lace, and to do as many lace techniques as possible. (Will someday learn bobbin lacing but can't commit to it at this time)
Motorcycling--especially long-distance touring/camping on European motorcycles (especially Moto Guzzi's--hence the address of the Bovard Homepage). Children *always* go along in a double-wide sidecar (see George's Motorcycle Page). We (George and I) like to collect and ride unique (not rare) European motorcycles (I break them--George fixes them!) I teach motorcycle safety classes in the summers when not motorcycling myself. I'm usually not satisfied until the family takes at least a one-week long motorcycling/camping trip each year!
Lace Club Affiliations
Member of the ShuttleBugs Tatting Club of Omaha, IOLI (International Old Lacers), and the Ring of Tatters.
Originator, designer, fabricator, quality control, publicist/promotor, sales department, shipping clerk, etc. of The ShuttleSmith Sterling Silver Tatting Shuttles.