Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tatting in the News (Nova Scotia, Canada)

It amazes me how fervently reporters cling to the notion that "tatting is a dying art." Before the Internet such a statement might have been more believable, but these days tatters around the globe have found each other and no longer feel isolated. Thousands of tatters are furthering their art all over the world. Dying art? Not so.

Once I got past the dying art nonsense, I found this article to be rather nicely written. It includes perhaps the most graceful and lovely description of tatting that I have ever read. Here is a brief excerpt:

By all accounts tatting is a dying art, but according to Gail Larder, an interpreter at the Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, “we’re trying our best here to keep it alive.”

There was a time, in the 19th century for example, when tatting, which has been described as “threads lovingly shaped around air to create beautiful lace,” was not only popular but very fashionable, especially among the higher classes.
Click on this link to read the full article.

If you find yourself in or around the area of New Minas, Nova Scotia, Canada, please do drop by the Ross Farm and let them know you saw the tatting article online. I'm sure they would be delighted to meet fellow tatters or other tat-friendly folks!

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