What to do with your Tatting?

What to do with your Tatting?

Tatting Day

This week the email brought two excellent questions to me.

1. Why is International Tatting day celebrated on April 1 annually?

2. What do we do with our tatting after we have enough hankies and collars?

1. As I have written before when asked this question, I have no idea who established our tatting celebration day as April 1, however, I remember reading about it first in Mary McCarthy's newsletter, "KNOTS!" I have celebrated every year since. Today tatters from around the world will gather to tat and chat and eat chocolate whenever possible.

The Online Tatting Class shares by enjoying the posting of antique booklets in the files of the Public Domain Archive. This month the class is finishing the posting of new models and modernized patterns for "Forty Original Designs in Tatting By Nellie Hall Youngburg, Novel, and Unique Designs...Brookings, SD © 1921" It appears to have been published privately originally. It was reprinted as "Tatting #6" in 1982 by the House of White Birches.


For the Online Tatting Class, one of the projects was the International Tatting Day 2014 Lucy Consistre's Rose Doily, "Lucy's Rose Doily" by Mrs. Louise "Lucy" Consistre who is the tatter who tatted The Last Supper as a wall hanging.


In general, Tatting Day has been celebrated internationally for over a dozen years. April 1st is the International Tatting Day. Tatting is the skill of making delicate, elegant tatted lace. It is enjoyed by thousands of people. On this day, "tatters" around the world have different activities, mostly educational, to celebrate their hobby, and introduce it to others. Often, they celebrate by eating chocolates and making tatted lace.

NHY cover design by Dagmar Pezzuto 2017


2. I have not often been asked, "What do you do with the things you tat?" Of course, ornaments for holidays, edgings for pillowcases, clothing, tops of sheets, etc., are popular. And there are so many household linen possibilities. There are marvelous bookmarks, collars, cuffs, hankies, and jewelry from rings to pins to bracelets to brooches. Beaded and blinged-out jewelry is a very hot topic in recent years.

But, there is an organization called Newborns-in-Need for whom I have tatted in years gone by which I would recommend to you. It is a sad fact that not every new baby survives the first few weeks. The volunteers prepare burial layettes and small clothes decorated with lace. It is a labor of love to comfort the grieving parents.


Tatting places a great part in all our lives.

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