Southern Tatters Day, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
25th April 2009

Sussex seems to be a very fertile ground for tatters as there are several tatting groups within a small area including the Cuckfield Group, the Hurstpierpoint Tatters, the Burgess Hill Group and Brighton Tat & Chat. They join forces for this annual Southern Tatters Day. Many a lone tatter will feel envious!

The day is run by Ruth Baker and Sylvia McDavitt. As always, this year they laid on a very full and enjoyable day. There were 2 workshops: "Celtic Picots" and "3D Flowers", a competition, and a talk.

Amongst the tatted exhibits, pride of place must go to the amazing Cuckfield Quilt:

This project was master-minded by Ruth Baker for her group of a dozen people. She wanted something challenging to suit their mixed abilities. To ensure a harmonious design, Ruth provided the No 20 Aida thread and restricted the colours to peach, lemon and green (colours slightly distorted here). The background furnishing fabric is dark brown, already stitched in diamonds - a serendipitous find at a closing down sale! Patterns came from Helma Siepmann, Mary Maynard and other sources and people did their own variations too. Ruth sewed on all the motifs using invisible thread. She told me the design was partly inspired by the cover of Elgiva Nicholls book "A New Look at Tatting". It took about a year to make.
Brenda Rewhorn gave a talk on Japan where she has taught tatting on several occasions. The Japanese are very generous and so Brenda has quite a collection of exotic items from her visits there, including these kimonos. Members enjoyed modelling them!
Brenda brought a varied selection of her tatting for the display table:
Local members displayed their work too:
Hurstpierpoint Tatters Brighton Tat & Chat

Competition: the subject was   In the Pink.
Entries had to be no larger than 6 inches square and mounted on a board.

The pink doiley at the bottom won first prize, and the other two won joint second prize.

Here are some other entries:

Next year's Southern Tatters Day is already being planned.

The village of Hurstpierpoint is only an hour's journey south of London with a train station 1.5 miles away. It would make a lovely day out for tatters from home or abroad who may be staying in London or Brighton (10 minutes away).

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