I learned how to tat over 20 years ago. One year my daughter gave me a shuttle and ‘How To’ book and I taught myself. I really love the art. Over the years I have tried selling what I make but have never really been able to get a business going. Then a dear lady friend told me about the Southern Highlander Craft Guild in Asheville, NC. She encouraged me to find out about becoming a member.
So I got on the internet and found this site: http://www.southernhighlandguild.org/pages/membership/how-to-apply.php and read about how to apply for membership. For one thing I was not sure if tatting even qualified so that was my first question. I called the guild and talked with the lady in charge who assured me that they would love to have tatting but of course she could not guarantee my acceptance. I had to go through the jury process.
Well, as it was I had about a month to tat five projects and get photos of them to submit with my application. I made a doily that I sewed onto a black piece of material and framed it in a wooden hoop for my first item. The second one was a baby bonnet. The third was an angel also framed in a wooden hoop. The fourth was a set of four snowflakes, I used the same pattern for each one but a different size thread so that the smallest was about 2 inches across and the largest was about 5 inches across. And the final piece was a cross in a shadow box frame that was free standing.
There was an application to fill out and send along with the pictures of my tatting. I was able to get this all done in time. You see they only judge these applications twice a year. So after sending in my application I held my breath to find out if I passed step one. Oh yes, that was only step one of becoming a member. It took two weeks after I sent my things in to hear that I had passed phase one. Now I had about two months to get five items in the mail. These items could be the ones I had taken pictures of but they would really like to see more of my work. Oh, by the way these had to be either original designs or tried and true established patterns with historic value. Well, I have a problem follow patterns so my five items were original designs. I sent in the doily on black, and the cross in the shadow box frame. I made another baby bonnet and sent a baby doll to wear it! I also made a table runner that is one foot by three feet and a collar.
Again I sent my items and waiting to hear. I really don’t like waiting much do you? And then I got the news, I was accepted. So now I am a member of the Southern Highlander Craft Guild and very proud of it.