The Blue Tatters of Blue Ridge

This is a splinter chapter of the Blue Ridge Mountain Lacemakers Guild. They meet in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, in the Appalachian Mountains close to Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Meetings are held monthly. They began in Sept 2003 with 4 members and now less than a year later they have 28 members!


Ruth Ann is the guild's education chairman and she tatted the hummingbird and teddy to use as study samples for her classes. The bootees she tatted some time ago when still a beginner.

The Blue Tatters like to collect antique tatting and related tools. Valerie, who took over as President in March, purchased this beautiful black silk bag in Michigan - what a lucky find, with its Mignonette stitch and attractive embroidery.


The bonnet and the red edging were tatted by Peggy's grandmother, and not surprisingly, this was the inspiration for Peggy to learn to tat. The motifs are part of an antique sample book. In Victorian times women made books filled with samples of all the types of needlework and lace they could do, so as to demonstrate their capabilities when applying for jobs.


The tatted balls were made by Ruth Ellen who has been tatting for 60 years. Valerie tatted the prize-winning bookmarks.


These pictures show part of a Crazy Quilt that the guild are making as a fund-raiser. This makes the most of the many talents of the guild, including tatters, lacemakers and embroiderers, and some donate antique pieces of lace. The tatted spider has legs made from 2 foot long picots!

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