|My grandmother, Georgia
Alma Elberta Newsome Azmon, 1899-1995, was a tatter. I never
knew her to sit "doing nothing," and so even conversation or watching TV
were shared by the making of tatting or the hand-stitching of it onto a
I, being young
and stupid, took her skill for granted, and did not realize that not everyone
had tatted chokers, tatted bracelets, tatted edgings on dresser scarves,
and tatted medallions for a wedding gown. I don't really think my
grandmother appreciated her own talent either -- often she would "dress
up" an old uneven scrap of fabric to protect the top of a dresser with
yards of her priceless tatting.
This page is prepared in loving
of "Danaw" and to showcase
tatting skill with the examples
|Danaw developed a technique
for adding pearls or other beads to her tatting -- not "stitched onto"
the tatting at the completion of the piece, but were rather "worked into"
it as it was made. I don't know how she did it, but it involved keeping
a needle strung with beads in her lap along with the shuttle and tatting
thread. From time to time, she would pick up the needle and wrap
the thread and beads around the tatting thread somehow.
|I used these little tatted
medallions with pearls on my wedding gown when I married Roz in 1980.
Danaw gave me a little envelope stuffed full.
Thanks for sharing memories
If your grandmother (or mother
aunt or cousin or godmother)
is still alive,
go give her a hug or call
her on the phone
right this minute.
Let her tell you about her
life and times and learn from
one of our
greatest natural resources.
You might even learn to tat.
"The aged women likewise,
that they be in behaviour as
becometh holiness . . .
that they may teach the young women . . ."
Thanks for the inspiration,
Music: "Bonnie Kellswater"