Tina Baine, Do It Yourself: Retro cra...

Tina Baine, Do It Yourself: Retro crafts: Go back to basics and...

There are 42 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Nov 21, 2009, titled Tina Baine, Do It Yourself: Retro crafts: Go back to basics and.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Without a doubt, the most popular crafts in the U.S. are knitting, quilting and scrapbooking.

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Kensington, MD

#1 Nov 22, 2009
I must object to your the disdain you show in your article for tatting as a retro craft. You infer that tatting has no potential for resurgence, "or, at the very least, ones that I could find instructions for on the Internet."

Tatting is NOT a lost art! The materials and tools have never been easier to find than on the Internet. And the Internet has magnified the social appeal of tatting around the globe.

I offer up my personal blog as an example: Ambitatterous
(type in using your favorite search engine and it will come up readily)

I have been tatting since 1980 and will continue to do so until the day I die.

Crowthorne, UK

#2 Nov 22, 2009
"Of course who's to say when tatting, thatching and wheelwrighting might come back into vogue?"

Regarding your above quote. I can assure you that tatting is alive and thriving. As a tatter of over 50 years I can promise you that the craft has never been out of 'vogue'. The internet has made availability of materials and communication between tatters SO much easier. Please visit my blog and website for more about this 'never been lost' craft.
Jane in a wet UK
http://www.e.n.e.btinternet.co.uk/ - Tatting patterns
http://janeeborall.blogspot.com/ - Blog


#3 Nov 22, 2009
I am happy to hear that this lost art might be found again and I am sure the thousands of other tatters around the world that all chat online and trade patterns and design patterns and teach tatting will be happy to hear this Lost Art is trying to resurface. The many groups that meet to show and tell and learn about new ways to tat and new designs will also be happy.
As far as suppplies etc. just go to google.com or Bing.com and put in tatting I think you will be blown away after all of your research for the article came up with nothing. Just ask and we will try to help you with this lost art. The number of books new will absolutly amaze your readers also since your research did not come up with them either.

London, UK

#4 Nov 22, 2009
Dear Tina. How far did you look for references to Tatting. I am one of many Suppliers of everything you could wish for to take up the wonderful art of Tatting.
I am also a designer having published many books of patterns. My book by the Guild of Master Craftsmen is well known worldwide even in Russia and Poland and even the USA, to name but a few places. I am not on my own by any means and I would suggest that you go to the wonderful Ring of Tatters website to see that Tatting is NOT a dieing art or visit my website http://www.tatting.co.uk go to the links page and you will see just a few of the amazing internet links.
I have just finished a book of jewelery using wonderful metallic threads I wish you could see it. It will be on general release soon and is already featured on Amazon. Please look again. We are out there. Lyn Morton . Tatting & Design UK.
Josie Passell

Maldon, UK

#5 Nov 22, 2009
Dear Tina, It is a shame your search engine didn't work when you typed in tatting. There are many wonderful sites to buy shuttles, thread and tatting books. There are many online groups with members from around the globe.
Sharren in South Carolina

Coats, NC

#6 Nov 22, 2009
It's a shame that Tina Baine missed the 311,000 articles that Google found on "tatting how-to's;" or the 345,000 "tatting tutorials" or the 378,000 on "tatting guilds," or the 2,450,000 for "tatting supplies" as these might have suggested to her that tatting is not a lost art. Tatting is very much a 21st century art needlework form, as the materials, tools, and patterns available are far beyond what our great-grandmothers might have used.

There are several tatting guilds and societies in the California area that I'm sure would be very glad to show her how to tat -- it's easy to learn, it's very affordable, and your shuttle and thread will fit into your pocket. If she would care to travel in her investigation of tatting, most guilds and societies have at least one major convention event each year, with classes and supply vendors. There are also informative, friendly tatters from around the world who offer online classes if she can't afford to travel.

Thanks for letting a tatter set the record straight on tatting -- "knot" a lost art, but alive and well and being taught all over the world.
Cynthia Stevenson

Stillwater, OK

#7 Nov 22, 2009
Tatting teachers, supplies, and patterns abound on the internet. You must have mistaken tattooing for tatting even some search engines don't recognize the difference.
I (teach beginning tatting and) have over 200 beginners on my list and I'm on 5 other lists with over 5000 tatters . Tatting is NOT a LOST art it is alive and well. Peacefully tatting modern patterns.
Betsy Evans

Estes Park, CO

#8 Nov 22, 2009
Your comment, "Of course who's to say when tatting,..." completely misses. I have been actively involved in shuttle tatting since 1985 and, before that, I remember both of my maternal great-grandmothers shuttle tatting. I joined the internet tatting world some 20 years ago and there were about 49 of us on the internet. Since then, it has grown to at least four groups and over 2000 people - men and women - all over the world. I am still actively teaching tatting and will be teaching an advanced class after the holidays. I t is too bad you didn't find people who tat. It is a creative, relaxing handcraft that is absolutely NOT a lost art. If it were lost, I wouldn't be doing it with 2000 other people.
Riet the B-engel

Wijhe, Netherlands

#9 Nov 22, 2009
Dear Mrs Baine,
I don't agree with you about tatting. When you google tatting you will find lots of sites and blogs about tatting and also lessons and workshops and patterns
If it was a lost art than I should have mist a lot of fun
I got my PC in the year I retired 2001, just picked up tatting and googeld for tatting.
I found the class on line and learned a lot of refounded things in tatting I met the Palmetto tatters in South Carolina and this year I visited theire guild for the 6 time .
They started theire tatdays in 2003 that was the first time I visited them and in that year I also met tatters in Los Angeles and in Spokane and in Montana.
I now visit the palmetto's every year and see there a lot of tatters from all over the world.
So please do some searching before you write about arts
greetings from the Netherlands
Riet the B-engel

United States

#10 Nov 22, 2009
Tatting dead? NO! You didn't search very hard, did you? Many of us are online with plenty to keep us busy. I've learned new techniques from websites and get supplies from online sellers.

Del Mar, CA

#11 Nov 22, 2009
Hi Tina,

Wow, your article has stirred up quite a response. I hope you do not feel too uncomfortable with the comments you've attracted here. However, I have to agree with many of your comments that tatting is alive and well! If you would like to know more about this beautiful art (that is hardly lost) please feel free to visit my blog at:
On my right sidebar I have a link to a list of plenty of tatting merchants and I have had no problem whatsoever acquiring my tatting supplies on the internet! One merchant who is very easily accessible is Handy Hands Tatting! They have a great reputation.
Here is their address:
Feel free to click on their "online catalog" in the left column. You will be amazed at all the tatting goodies they have to offer. There is also Be-stitched, Lacis, and for our friends "across the pond"; Roseground. Their addresses appear below respectively:

Those, my dear, are just to get you started! Please come and visit my blog as well. I also have a list of other tatting blogs as well as a link to a list of tatting sites, patterns, and techniques on my right sidebar

There are also many online tatting groups that are free to join. Just google the word "Tatting" and you'll come up with a wealth of information. I am not kidding!

Please come and learn more of this beautiful art and I think you'll be amazed and impressed!
Jeanette in Canton Ohio

Akron, OH

#12 Nov 22, 2009
Nice article about yesteryear crafts; there are even some I didn't know. However, tatting is not in the yesteryear catagory; it is very much alive and well, and possibly even healthier than ever since the advent of the internet. Did you know there are a multitude of internet tatting groups? There are a plethera of free and wonderful tatting patterns available on the internet, as well as retailers carrying any imaginable tatting supply one may dream of.
I, personally have been teaching tatting at our local JoAnn Fabrics ETC store since 1999, I am surprised to find that I have been teaching something for which my students are still trying to find the supplies to take these (past) classes as inferred in your article.
Please update this article to let your readers know that both supplies and classes are readily available, as well as the fact that there are many tatters around them that are not LOST or historical. Thank you, Jeanette
Mary Pettit

Grants Pass, OR

#13 Nov 22, 2009
Wow, you really should research your subjects better. Tatting is not a lost art, supplies are not hard to find, tutorials are all over the place, and threads are found. I just searched out many of these for a group member wanting to learn tatting. Many were already know to me as I am a tatter, one of the very, very large group of tatters around.

You give a false image of things when you do not research properly. A simple search in google would show you that you are wrong.
Carole Calgary Alberta

Calgary, Canada

#14 Nov 22, 2009
Thank goodness tatting is not a lost art. If it was, Samantha would not have been able to give me a refresher course. She was only 17. She also pointed me in the direction of the three internet tatting groups I joined. I have twice been to "tatting camps" in Spokane, classes galore, enough supplies to make you dizzy. There is the Palmetto Tatters in Calif. There is also the Maple Leaf Tatters in Toronto. The only supplies you "need", a needle or a shuttle, any kind or size of thread, or material you can use like thread,(even wire, hair) Free video lessons abound on the internet. One can buy the shuttles on the net, in Walmart, Michaels, even my favorite quilt shop sells them. Most good knit shops carry shuttles as well as pattern books. There are millions of free patterns on the net. I really recomend you have another look.

Calgary, Canada

#15 Nov 22, 2009
There see, so many groups I mixed them up, Palmetto in Carolina, Hedgehog tatters ( and many others in California, Maple Leaf in Toronto
Joy McKenzie

Docklands, Australia

#16 Nov 22, 2009
You refer to Tatting being a lost art.....I can assure you that Tatting is alive and well all across the world.....there are pages and pages of instructions and free patterns on the net and quite a few Yahoo groups too.....supplies are easy to get and in fact there are instructions for making a temporary shuttle to try this old craft out...shuttle makers are to be found on the net and are based around the world also.....of course cottons have always been available and do not have to be expensive...when you think that all one needs is a shuttle and cotton it can be a very cheap but beautiful craft, lace at its very best.
Here in Melbourne Australia we have a Tatting Guild with many ladies travelling long distances to attend every 2 months and many more members living to far to attend but getting a newsletter with patterns and updates of the Guild.

Coletta Bailey

Foley, AL

#17 Nov 22, 2009
I was very sorry to read in your article that you think that the art of tatting is lost. It is not "lost" it very much alive and is doing very well. I have personnally been teaching this art of lace-making for over 28 years and have participated in many heritage arts festivals. You did have a nice article about going back to basics but some of us never left the basics.

Oakland, CA

#18 Nov 22, 2009
You really need to research more. I don't know what search engine you used when researching these "retro crafts", but it really failed you. As an avid handworker and lacemaker I can assure you tatting is alive and well, and supplies and instructions have never been easier to find thanks to the internet. Just type in "tatting" and the resources flood in. Plus, tatting is FAR cheaper, more portable, and more versatile than knitting or quilting. Knitters have to have a bag to keep their supplies in if they want to knit on the go. I stuff my shuttles in my purse or pocket.

Next time, please actually do your research.
Pat the Tat Rat

Clearwater, FL

#19 Nov 22, 2009
I see that many of my fellow Tatters have already informed you of your having missed stepped in your assesment of Tatting.

Being in Austin, Texas I do admit I have only been able to fill a few binders with patterns and books from the web, with a few hundred additional stored on my computer that I haven't printed. So yes, I have had to purchase a few dozen new books to feed my need with this very much alive artform.
Pat Stevens


#20 Nov 22, 2009
Tatting is not a lost art. I know several hundred tatters and teach more people every year. Supplies are in many craft and yarn shops. More books are being printed now with patterns than ever before. Check out the tatting list on the internet. Hope you learn to tat yourself. It's a wonderful craft. Thanks for listening to us. Pat Stevens, Kent, WA.

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