One of the benefits of tatting is that it is so portable. I hate wasting time in queues or waiting rooms and always have my tatting in my bag. This has the added benefit of people coming over to ask me what I’m doing. I’ve had some great conversations and met some interesting people. I keep a packet of little motifs that I give away to people who show interest.
On the music side, my pupil numbers have dwindled to half what they were a few years ago. The economy is tough and people don’t have money for extras. I have considered making tatted items for sale, but everyone and his dog is trying to sell something, and there is a glut of flea markets in the area. (Ooooh – dog… flea markets… that was unintentional) Tatting is so slow – and misunderstood – that I think it would be difficult to get a fair price.
There is, however, a surge in interest in handwork.
Then it occurred to me – I have been teaching guitar for nearly 30 years, why not teach tatting? It might be worth a try. Even if I only get a few people it would be better than nothing. The plus is that I enjoy teaching – when the student wants to learn…
Time will tell if this tatting lady is crazy.