Sunday, November 21, 2010

NC State Fair

Life hurries on faster than I can blog about it. Anyway, last month, I was able to visit the North Carolina State Fair. First priority was to have a visit with my friend Anitra, who has had a tatting display there for many years, and was named Female Craftsman of the Year in 2007.

Her booth was in a building called Village of Yesteryear, which was full of different crafts, with many ongoing demos. There was another lace maker there. As I walked by, I heard someone ask her how long it took her to learn to make lace. Her reply was that she was still learning. What a nice thought. I know I am still learning.

On to Exhibits... I thought there was supposed to be some tatting in the Arts & Crafts Building, but I never found it. So on to the 4-H Exhibition building. (In NC, tatting is considered a Home Furnishing.) This tatted mat won both the lace blue ribbon and a special judge's award, so good for her!

Here is a framed motif by Arlene.

I think I've seen this piece on someone's blog, but unfortunately, can't remember where.

I also saw this collection of heart motifs. Also there was a clothing(?) item with tatted trim, not pictured, camera battery dying.

I wonder if there was more tatting there that I may have missed. I had made a quick circuit around the room and then got all wrapped up in the quilt display, where a lady was telling about each quilt. Next thing I knew, my cell phone was ringing. DH was bored and ready to go home. Sigh... Oh well, I had a good time while it lasted.


  1. Thanks for the tour and the lovely picture of Arlene. I like the sign 'Tatting spoken here'!!!!!

  2. Well, I think you got to see more tatting than I ever see at the fairs here!

  3. holy cow you guys! did you check out the huge tatting in the first picture... I love that! its so large...I love seeing peoples works thanks for this blog post!

  4. Wow, I loved reading this post about your visit to the NC State Fair! Don't you think "Tatting Spoken Here" would make a lovely phrase for a fund raiser? ( "Fluent in Tatting" might be nice too, for a button or bumper sticker)

    All the laces you shared are awe-inspiring. The level of lacework in your state is impressive indeed!