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April 2022 Creative Crafts, ExCeL London
The Ring of Tatters' stall
The Ring's stand at the ExCeL crafts event.
Left-to-right: Ching Smith, Clare Tupman and Charlotte Cane

The Ring of Tatters were at the Creative Crafts exhibition at the ExCeL centre in London at the beginning of April, and we had a very busy two days! We spoke to lots of crafty people, did a lot of chatting and demonstrating tatting, and sold out of all our beginners' kits. These are now available for sale.

If you're a member of the Ring, please do consider volunteering to help us at one of the exhibitions we demonstrate at. You don't have to stand up; there are chairs available. Exhibitions occur not only in London but up and down the length of the UK, several times a year, and you can contact our Exhibitions Secretary, Charlotte Cane, at exhibitions@ringoftatters.org.uk, to offer your help.

October 2021 Makit Fenland Fair, St Ives
The Ring of Tatters' stand
The Ring's stand at the Makit Fenland Fair.
Left-to-right: Clare Tupman, Janice Sharpe and Charlotte Cane

After the pandemic restrictions, the Ring of Tatters got back into the exhibition halls! The Makit Fenland Fair has been running for over two decades, and although there were fewer people than usual, following the pandemic restrictions, and the weather forecast was a bit gloomy, the Lace Guild's meeting at the same location ensured it wasn't too quiet.

If you're a member of the Ring, please do consider volunteering to help us at one of the exhibitions we demonstrate at. You don't necessarily have to demonstrate tatting, even just chatting about the lovely craft of tatting is very helpful. This fair occurs in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, and the next one is in October 2022. You can contact our Exhibitions Secretary, Charlotte Cane, at exhibitions@ringoftatters.org.uk.

July 2021 New Ring of Tatters Website

As you have no doubt noticed, this website has a new look! The look of the website was made more modern and the structure was altered, to make it easier to find things.

There are more changes to come: not all the content has been moved to the new site, and there will be more features and content.

Yet to be moved over:

  • Reports from local tatting groups
  • Past Reports from Exhibitions
  • Archive of Ring of Tatters Competitions

Comments, suggestions and contributions are very welcome! Please contact the website editor (Sharon Curtis) at webeditor@ringoftatters.org.uk.

Tatting News

September 2021 The Queen's Birthday Honours
Australian flag

Judith Connors was nominated for a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contributions to the Creative Arts, particularly as a tatter and lace maker. Judith was a founder of the Queensland Tatters and became a member of the Ring of Tatters, contributing several articles to the newsletter. Judith Connors received her award in Brisbane on 14th September 2021 (see photo below).

Judith Connors with her medal
- courtesy of Ruth Willmott


December 2020 Loss of Gary Houtz

Gary Houtz, one of the shuttle brothers, passed away peacefully in December 2020, due to COVID-19. He will be greatly missed, not just by Randy and his family, but throughout the tatting world. He had been tatting since 1974 and together with his brother, did a lot to popularise the SCMR (Self-Closing Mock Ring) technique.