About the Ring of Tatters

About The Ring

The Ring of Tatters is an organisation which supports and promotes the craft of tatting. It encourages people to learn how to tat. It encourages both new and experienced tatters to enjoy their craft and develop their skills. To achieve these aims, the Ring of Tatters:

  • Attends and demonstrates at exhibitions and craft shows.
  • Encourages local tatting days with workshops.
  • Encourages members to meet in local groups.
  • Publishes a newsletter twice a year containing information on local activities around the world, articles, news, patterns, tatting tips, book reviews.
  • Maintains a library (available for UK members) containing books and booklets, magazines and periodicals, loose patterns and videos.
  • Has an annual competition.
  • Awards a biennial bursary for research, subject to approval by the Committee.
  • Maintains this web site.

The Ring is run on a voluntary basis by an informal team, in their own time and from their own homes. It is based in the UK, but has many members in other countries.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Ring of Tatters, please see How to Join. Currently we have almost 1,000 members.

The Ring Of Tatters' Website

The website was set up in 1999 by Peter Johnson (husband of then Membership Secretary Jean) and maintained by him until 2002. It was then taken on by Sally Magill as Web Editor, with husband Adrian doing all the technical work.  This was subsequently taken over by other editors, and is now under new management (Sue Duckles, with help from husband Chris).  We hope you will bear with us while the site is updated.

How It All Started

The Ring started in 1980 when a small group of women went on a tatting course in Exeter. They came from all around the country and wanted to keep in touch, so they decided to set up a rudimentary newsletter. One of them, Helen Stewart, had a typewriter, so she became editor. And the rest, as they say, is history!

View our newsletter covers from the very first one in December 1980 through to the present day.

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