The Ring of Tatters' 30th Anniversary book came back from the proof reader last week and now it just needs one photo to be added and it's ready to go to the printer.
At the end of March Ruth Price travelled to Harrogate with me to 'fly the flag' for the Ring. On the left of our display table we have eggs decorated with tatting, some hanging on the 'Easter tree' and others in a basket on the table. Next to that there is a vase of Hellebores and in front a selection of bracelets. In the centre, at the back, is a bunch of grapes with vine leaves designed by karey Soloman. In front of that is a necklace (purple beads on silver thread) designed by Nina Libin for our new book. It uses 3000 beads and took me a whole week to make. There are three fairies, two baby's shoes and a square mat and behind them a clock designed by Rosemarie Peel and I added my own butterflies and fan to fill the space at the bottom of the frame. There are waterlilies on a mirror and a vase of daffodils that you've seen on my blog before. At the back, hidden, is my butterfly picture and hanging at the back the train and carriages. They don't show up very well in this photo but the flowers for the wall hanging were made by the ladies in my groups.
My husband of 42 years died in 2006. I have three children, two daughters and a son and four grand children, one girl and three boys.
I trained as a teacher of Home Economics in the 1960s but have been interested in crafts since I was six.
I learned how to crochet and do embroidery because I wanted to make a matinee jacket for my new baby brother.
I taught myself to tat when I left school, over 40 years ago and I'm still learning.