Brighton, February 2008

The Tatting Calendar starts with the Brighton Show in February, a welcome day out in the quiet time after Christmas.
The Show coincided with the Chinese New Year, so this dragon was very appropriate!
Here we see Jennifer showing a member of the public how to tat. If you want to learn, it is well worth travelling to a show like this where you can have a free informal lesson that can make all the difference.

Small motifs like these are good to make when you are a beginner, and enjoyable to do at any level.

The fabric square edged with tatting makes an excellent portable background for displaying bits and pieces. A few stitches hold the motifs in place, so they can easily be removed to make way for new exhibits.

For those who like the challenge of a bigger project, how about these beautiful water lilies! They were tatted by Heather from a pattern by Australian designer and RoT member Toni Storer. The flowers are displayed on a mirror to look like water, but this picks up reflections of all the other tatting.
Even more 3D than the water lilies is this Hallowe'en witch with a pumpkin, again tatted by Heather. Nowadays almost anything can be tatted!
In a quiet moment, demonstrators Trixie and Heather have time to do their own tatting. After about 4pm, when the coach parties have departed, it is often quieter. So if you don't like crowds it is worth going to the show then, or early before the coaches arrive!
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