Wednesday, September 22, 2010

One Last State Fair Post

This is our little corner at the Fair. The Bonneville Tatters are fortunate enough to have a wall space where we demonstrate tatting during the State Fair. Wendy is the secretary of our guild. She brought a large square doily to work on. That empty chair is mine. I was working on a bit of brightly colored edging. We were giving away the bookmarks on the corner of the table -- each one has a little scrap tatting (butterflies, caterpillars, flowers) glued (please pass the smelling salts!) to the paper.
Having bragged on my own tatting, I thought you'd like to see all the other tatting at the Fair this year (if there was more than this, they hid it!):

Unfortunately, the Fair people lost the crystal globe off the little red and white tatted lighthouse (they didn't seem to be too concerned about it either!)

I thought these bobbin lace covered ornaments were worth showing off. They almost makes me want to learn to fuss with all those bobbins! Aren't they pretty?!

The best of show in the needle arts this year was a beautiful knitted tablecloth. Okay, I can see why it got the best of show.

All you tatters out there: Find out where your county, regional, state or whatever fairs are held. Find out if you can enter your tatting! Get it out there in front of the public. Show off then brag about it!


Jeff Hamilton said...

Pretty. I don't suppose you, or anyone else reading your blog knows if the pattern for the square doily is available somewhere? I really like the way it looks.

❦TattingChic said...

When I lived in Clark County I used to enter in the fair and I got judges choice for a size 80 hanky edging I did (inch and a half thick). Well, here the judges don't know what they are doing so I don't enter anymore...I entered some celtic tatting and the judge told me "that's so good for a beginner" After that I was DONE DONE DONE" they KNOW SQUAT about tatting in these here parts! LOL!
Well, your fellow tatters did lovely work (what I can see) can you get bigger pic???

Happy Bluebird said...

What a lot of beautiful lace! The knitted tablecloth is beautiful. And those ornaments are gorgeous. Bobbin lace looks difficult to me, and like it requires more equipment - but I'm still collecting shuttles!
Thanks for sharing.

yarnplayer said...

Wow!!! You have so many beautiful things to show. That is wonderful how you all demonstrated tatting to the public. I hope you got some of the onlookers "hooked".

Marty said...

Yarnplayer, we got pages and pages of people who signed up to get email notice of our guild meetings. We teach anyone who wants to learn there. We'll have to see how much larger the meetings get in October!
TattingChic, Once you click on the picture to make it bigger -- click again when it opens. That will make it even bigger.
Jeff, I don't know. I don't know the tatter either, she's from Logan. If anyone else recognizes it, please post it in a comment!

tattrldy said...

It's great that you have a place to demonstrate. Wow, it sounds like a lot of people at least show interest in it. Here's to crowded meetings in October!
I kick myself that I didn't make more of effort to get my stuff to the state fair this year. I plan on entering something there next year though. I'll keep watching your blog, I bet I'll have no excuse not to be aware the fair is coming;-)

Kathy Niklewicz said...

I'm very impressed at your TOTAL dedication to 'getting the word out' about tatting at these fairs!

First of all, you did a LOT of tatting, which certainly showed tatting's versataility - and your skills!

Then you had to make the initial round trip just to enter the items.

Then, of course (at least at our fairs) you have to pay admission to the fair, which is how you see the displays and the results of the judging.

Then, of course, there's the final trip to pick up the items - unless your only visit to the fair is on the last day and can pick them up then. I'd like to think that since you demonstrated at the State Fair you got a price break! !

I'm so impressed you have a booth at the fair, and your group certainly represented tatting beautifully! I also like your banner!!

The knitted tablecloth is beyond my understanding, even though I'm a knitter; and the bobbin lace ornaments are exquisite. It's nice to see bobbin lace shown off that way. I'm definitely curious how they were able to wrap the ornaments, but I still do not have a desire to learn bobbin lace! Just the idea of winding all those bobbins is too much for me to think about!

Thanks again for sharinag your 'Fair' adventures with us, complete with photos- and congrats again on all your ribbons! WELL DONE!