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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Marty Lewis

Salt Lake City, UT

#21 Nov 22, 2009
Tatting is not lost -- we've found it! There are tatting guilds and groups all over the world. I belong to one in my home state with over 300 members. We've also scattered tatting all over the 'net. InTatters, an internet tatting group has over 1,300 members, and that's just one group of many. As for portability, no other craft I do is so portable. I can take what I need for a simple tatting project in a small coin purse. A larger project will fit in an eyeglass case. There are new techniques and patterns being shared every day on the 'net.
Please, join us!
Debbie from Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO

#22 Nov 22, 2009
Tatting is in vogue and has been for at least a decade. There are plenty of tatting workshops across the USA each year where beginning to advanced tatting tecniques are taught and attendance is often between 50 and 100 avid tatters. Tatting is incredibly portable--a shuttle or needle and a ball or two of thread is all you need.

Quezon City, Philippines

#23 Nov 22, 2009
i learned to tat through the internet.
tatting is not a lost art!
Christina Harper

Simpsonville, SC

#24 Nov 23, 2009
WOOO baby, did you step in it or what?

I don't know what else I can add other than to agree with my friends, who are as far as the craft world goes, the best you can have by far.

Tatting is NOT a lost art and even if you are not interested in learning this very beautiful craft, you should consider writting a retraction.

Good advice, take it or leave it.
Kathy Anaheim CA

Ontario, CA

#25 Nov 23, 2009
Perhaps you can direct your readers to take a nice day trip to the Lace Museum. They are located in Sunnyvale CA, just over the hill from you.
There you, and your readers, can find out first hand that lacemaking in general and tatting in specific is not a lost art.

Charleston, SC

#26 Nov 23, 2009
Ms. Baine,
First let me say, I did enjoy your article and let me applaud your efforts to try "lost crafts". However, you may not be aware that Tatting as an art is not lost but is very much still an active and readily available craft. With all the resources available on-line for patterns, shuttles and threads it is no wonder there are so many of us enjoying this "lost art". You can also go to most any craft store (and even Walmart) and find the basic supplies from shuttles to thread available at a very reasonable cost. Tatting is another of those crafts that is transportable, you can carry it most anywhere you go without worry of having it take up too much room, or being confiscated by security.
Should you decide you would like to try this beautiful art -doing a quick seach will result in more hits than you would be able to do in a lifetime. There are also classes available on line as well as demos on places such as youtube. I invite you to try tatting - you might just enjoy it!

Bethany, OK

#27 Nov 23, 2009
I beg to differ with you concerning the lack of available TATTING supplies. You can easily find shuttles and thread at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and usually at JoAnn's. Amazon has lots of tatting books available. There are many web sites that have handcrafted (wood, ceramic, silver, etc) shuttles, many sites with threads, there are hundreds of free patterns from very talented and generous people, and there are also many site lists with daily discussions from tatters all over the world. There are lots of sites with instructions and several sites that have videos showing how to tat. I feel you did an injustice to tatting and didn't really research the internet for information about tatting.

Goffstown, NH

#28 Nov 23, 2009
Tatting is still alive and well. I belong to no less than 3 mailing lists, 4 Facebook groups, and two bulletin boards devoted to tatting. There are numerous sites on the internet where one can learn to tat, including quite a few videos on YouTube.

Going to Amazon.com and typing in "Tatting" netting me quite a few excellent books that are still in print.

Try Googling 'tatting' and see what wealth of information is out there about this 'dying' art.
Beverly June Davis

Downey, CA

#29 Nov 23, 2009
I have been tatting since 1994 and have never had a problem finding supplies on line. Try Hhtatting.com ; DS9Designs, be-stitched.com to name three! Need a beautiful hand-crafted shuttle. Try David Reed-Smith, or The Shuttle Shop, Grizzlymountainarts, or the G8Brothers in Colorado. There are thousands of men and women who are tatting and have been continuously tatting for 50 years and more. Tatting books that are rare sell in the 100's of dollars; like wise shuttles made long ago are in use today. I have one I regularly use that came from an unidentified 1840's tatter. These vintage shuttles and books are treasures to the many tatters out there. We are a large community. There are many guilds, Workshops, organizations. A little more research would have reaped you great rewards, tatting is a lot more than doilies now!

Pascoe Vale, Australia

#30 Nov 23, 2009
Sorry Tina but you need to get out there more and look properly. Tatting is alive and well and thriving on the internet where you can not only find video instructions on how to do just about everything, but also find very active and helpful forums. There are thousands of people chatting and tatting and creating new and wonderful designs all over the world.
It is incredibly portable, inexpensive, as easy or complicated as you want it to be, able to be done anywhere, anytime and has endless patterns available in hardcopy and online. AND it doesn't unravel if you drop it!!
Once mastered it is without doubt the most absorbing of the crafts.
Tatting has never been lost - just some people have been
busy to see it.
Marie B

Marina Del Rey, CA

#31 Nov 23, 2009
Ms. Tina: May I state respectfully that your disdainful comments regarding tatting are woefully off base. It is a very soothing hobby, provides exquisite fruits of labor, and is eminently portable.

As a lawyer, I can sit all day in court waiting for opposing counsel and tat some lovely lace bookmark or coasters for my daughter, quickly tucking it into the recesses of my purse when my case is called.

Yes, these crafts from a bygone era are coming back into style as "quality" is reclaiming its proper place in the American psyche over a glut of Wal-Mart "quantity".

Peace for the Holidays.

Marie B
Catherine White

Piscataway, NJ

#32 Nov 24, 2009
I guess you pretty much realize that tatting is not dead.
Blaine N6ZAY

United States

#33 Nov 24, 2009
you did not try to find tatting very hard type tatting in yahoo you will get hunders of hits including how to tat needle or shuttle and a lot of lace tenckis

Kildare, Ireland

#34 Nov 24, 2009
Gosh tatting a lost art, no way! It's very much alive and well and living on the internet as thousands of tatters chat to each other, exchange patterns and tatted items. It has never been so easy to find tatting supplies, the internet is brimming over with them. Think again on this one.

Goodland, KS

#35 Nov 26, 2009
I greatly appreciated your article. I have met so many people who hadn't heard of many of the arts that you talked about. I however grew up in Northwest Kansas and spent about a week every summer at an event called Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Show. There were always people there demonstrating these arts and willing to teach anyone who wanted to learn.
I picked up tatting from my mother who always had a couple of shuttles stuck in either her pocket or purse to have something to do with her hands while we traveled. I started because I was diagnosed with both RA and Fibromyalgia and needed something to exercise my hands.
I live in Northwest Kansas today and am HAPPY to announce that there might not be stores that most of you have heard of here but there has always been a shop that carried Tatting Shuttles, thread, books, and all that goes with it. They also happen to have wonderful people that teach classes in it for free.
I know that you can find an enormous amout of info and supplies on tatting on the Internet. You can also go into any Hobby Lobby and pick up multiple kinds of shuttles, books, thread, etc. So if somewhere that big carries the supplies then there must be a demand. We all know that those type of stores only carry things that sell well.
I know that there is so much info and so many websites dedicated to Tatting on the Internet because I wanted to find some new patterns and get some advice that when I searched I was overwhelmed by the number of hits.
Thanks so much

San Francisco, CA

#36 Nov 28, 2009
"Of course who's to say when tatting, thatching and wheelwrighting might come back into vogue? But I looked for crafts that might have some potential of resurgence -- or, at the very least, ones that I could find instructions for on the Internet."
The operative phrase here is "might have some potential of resurgence". This does not mean she didn't look tatting up online, it merely means that one of her criteria for ascertaining if a particular craft might come back into vogue is the potential to sweep a large population, such as knitting and scrapbooking has done.
Does tatting have the potential to be the next scrapbooking craze? Doubtful. Knitting, quilting and scrapbooking are crafts that most of us grew up around, whether they were done by our moms, or grandmothers. Many of us have sweaters and quilts passed down through the generations. These are crafts that have enjoyed a long history of popularity (and usefulness), and so are familiar universally.
Tatting, on the other hand, is a beautiful craft but not a 'useful' craft. Now don't get all in a dither when I say that. Warm quilted blankets that use up scrap fabric during lean times is a useful craft. The ability to knit warm clothing on a budget is a useful craft. Tatting does not fulfill the same 'useful' nich, it is a decorative craft. True, it's beautiful, and a relaxing hobby, but it is not necessary for the comfort of the family, like knitting and quilting.
Because tatting is not a useful craft (by the definition I provided), it is not nearly as familiar to people today. Most people would not recognize a tatted piece, over a knitted, crocheted, or other knotted handiwork. Most people would instantly recognize a pieced quilt as such. If asked how a sweater was constructed, most people would say it was knitted. How many people who see a piece of lace, would know it's 'tatted'? Not many.
I mean no disrespect to the tatters out there, I just want to point out that the author was not disparaging in your craft, that a closer reading of her words would have resulting in a different perspective.
Lastly, the author showed great respect for all craft, lost and found, by suggesting that people take them up and not allow them to be lost for the ages.

West Lafayette, IN

#37 Dec 2, 2009
LOL! Well, back in the 70's they were saying the same thing...lost art, back to the basics, etc. Only back then, it WAS hard to find books on any craft in the libraries. I remember only seeing 3 books on quilting. Now there are at least 3 shelves devoted to quilting at my local library.

Tatting is far from a dying art though. Tatters these days are doing far more than doilies. New techniques have made the craft a true art. The number of books available? I have more than 100 myself. Shuttles are collectables and the advent of hand-dyed threads and use of beads has made this an exciting craft. And it's very portable. A ball of thread, a shuttle and something to cut threads can easily fit in a small bag or even an Altoids tin if the thread is wound on the shuttles or a floss holder. Check my blog and you'll see links to scores of blogs devoted to tatting and that's only the tip of the iceberg!

Del Mar, CA

#38 Dec 3, 2009
With all due respect, Gazoo, the author made it sound like she couldn't find any instructions for tatting on the internet. All one has to do is google "Tatting" or "Learn to tat" and a wealth of information pops up. A deeper investigation on the Author's part would've prevented the convergence of (only a sliver of them, mind you) the internet tatting community on how this article was worded.
Tina Baine

Santa Cruz, CA

#39 Jan 22, 2010
Okay, I blew it. I freely admit I didn't google tatting before putting it in the same category as thatching and wheelwrighting. Glad to hear so many people are tatting, finding tatting materials easily, and enjoying it. Thanks for your comments.

Del Mar, CA

#40 Jan 22, 2010
Tina Baine wrote:
Okay, I blew it. I freely admit I didn't google tatting before putting it in the same category as thatching and wheelwrighting. Glad to hear so many people are tatting, finding tatting materials easily, and enjoying it. Thanks for your comments.
Okay, you didn't BLOW it, you just went with what you understood was the common consensus without researching it first! LOL! I wish some people weren't so harsh when they give a correction or "added information" about tatting. It kind of tends to turn people off from wanting to learn more about tatting in the future. Thanks for reading everyone's comments, though! If you ever want to I really meant what I said about coming on over to my blog to visit! You truly are welcome anytime!

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