Monday, June 16, 2008

Demonstrating tatting at Kenosha's Civil War Museum Grand Opening

That's me in the green outfit, wearing my "Enclosed Rock" tatted necklace and green "Polyclay Teardrops" tatted earrings. The photo shows me with two of the interested folks of all ages who stopped by the table to see what I was doing. A few even took the time to sit down in a chair next to me for a tatting lesson! This sure was fun - as you can see, we look happy!

I was able to take part in this event as a member of the "Lighthouse Lacers" lacemaking guild. Several of the other members demonstrated bobbin lace. We also had someone crocheting. So people got educated on how several different types of lace were made.

15 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Oh, what fun! I love opening events... there's always so much enthusiasm!

TattingChic said...

So fun! I think it's wonderful that you were promoting tatting and teaching some folks. Thank you for sharing that. :)

Linda S Davies said...

Well done, Marilee! You obviously put in a lot of hard work preparing for your special day to pass on as much information as you could to promote tatting.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

What a wonderful experience! I hope this event created potential new tatters.

Tattycat said...

It looks like you are having so much fun! I am glad you got to do this and I hope those young people and many more will continue their interest in tatting.

Kathleen said...

Your necklace is gorgeous, and you know, I never knew tatting encompassed so much! I remember my grandmother tatting, but she only made a few doilies that i knew of...nothing like the jewelry your make. Her work was very nice, but wow, you have shown me a whole new level of tatted artwork. It's soo much more than doilies.

yarnplayer said...

Thank for such nice comments, everyone!

Diane, there really was a lot of enthusiasm there. Many people were dressed in civil war period attire, there were craft activities for the kids (making a paper "stovepipe" hat), hometown band music, handspinners as well as lacemakers doing demos, free jelly beans, even a magician!

Tattingchic, it was fun teaching because the people were really interested.

Linda, I only had time to make some cardboard shuttles and throw some of my things into a basket. But there seemed to be enough variety of tatting to make an impression.

LadyShuttleMaker, I do think some of the people will look up more info on tatting and give it a try.

Tattycat, it most definitely was fun!

Kathleen, I am thrilled that you are seeing the many things that can be done with tatting. There are a lot of new designers today that are expressing their artistry through their arrangements of this simple little knot.

Carol Lawecki said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time demonstrating and talking tatting with everyone at the event and letting people know that tatting isn't just doilies anymore. Your tatted necklace and earrings, which are both beautiful, are a perfect example. Thanks for sharing your day.

yarnplayer said...

Thank you, Carol. That is so nice of you to say.

Dantatter said...

Great that you were able to promote tatting this way. It is usually a lot fun doing it.

yarnplayer said...

Thanks, dantatter, it really was fun. Hope to do it again.

singtatter said...

Oh, you look so gorgeous with your tatted necklace and earrings! I can imagine what fun and unforgetful experience you had!

yarnplayer said...

Thank you, singtatter, I think it is the tatted jewelry and happy visitors that give the appearance of "gorgeous", LOL!

Mrs. John said...

Oh, this is neat.... I think more people are 'into' crochet.. by the newest craft catalogs.... and we need more exposure for the art of TATTING. I'll bet your love for thread and shuttles... and lovely lace... was what made all the passersby stop! What an ambassador for tatting! :)

yarnplayer said...

Thanks, Mrs. John. What an impressive way to think of it - "ambassador for tatting"! All of us who share our love of tatting with others are thusly ambassadors for tatting :-)
Cool!