Thursday, April 1, 2010

An Idea to Celebrate Tatting

 Remember Angeline H. Crichlow's self-published book, Let's Tat! ? IsDihara wrote about it HERE.  This is a classic book and I managed to get a copy online.  There are not many copies and it is tatting treasure; also, a fun read, but it sits on my shelf, forgotten most of the time.

To celebrate International Tatting Day, 2010, I would like to share this old book with other tatters who are interested in reading it.  So, I will mail it to the first person who shows interest, and then she, or he, can mail it to the next interested tatter. I'd like to see it off my bookshelf indefinitely, appreciated by new readers!

What do you think?

Strangely enough, this is my 199th post
since tat-ology began ....

The List:
~beginning April 2010~

Dale Marie

Arty Lady


UPDATE ON ANGELINE, posted in late February, 2013 
Would all folks on the list please email me and confirm if you still are interested and send me your current address. If I do not hear from you by March 5th I shall  remove your name from the list. Just a little housekeeping. 

 March 16, 2013
‘Let’s Tat’, by Angeline Chrichlow, is now with Michelle, the 23 recipient of the travelling tatting book since April 2010, almost three years! 

The list has been finalized and Angeline has just four more stops before she makes her way back across The Pond and returns home to Canada. 

It has been quite a journey. Thank you to everyone who participated in this lovely tatting adventure.  And special thanks to Angeline Crichlow for making the voyage possible. I think she would have approved. 
Fox : )


  1. I would LOVE to see it! Very generous of you.

  2. Oh wow what a cool idea, I would love that.

  3. What a splendid idea. Will you eventually get it back? Do hope it doesn't get lost in the post.

  4. YESSS!!! I am so pleased you three responded so quickly! I was hoping for this exact thing to happen.

    Gina, I will send it to you and you can then send it to Tatskool and then off to Jane. We'll take it from there. I had the thought that there should be a huge time frame for people to keep it out there longer. I'll post about this later but wanted to respond asap.

    Jane, I really do not care if I get it back as long as it is circulating and not languishing on a shelf somewhere. And if it gets lost in the mail... you could step off the curb and get hit by a truck! Trust me, I know! I WAS!

    Thanks, you guys! ♥
    Fox : )

  5. Guess I'm too late but maybe the lucky person who gets to start with it will pass it on to me =)

  6. Oh I would love a chance to see this book too! This is such a treasure, and it is so sweet of you to share it. Whoever ships it will have to insure it's safety as best they can. I have actually had a book get lost in the post, and that would be such a loss.

  7. Oh can I creep in and borrow it after Jane, pretty please?!

  8. Hi Fox!
    I'd love to see it! That one little tip you gave me from it was a real gem!
    What an amazing idea!
    :) Ann

  9. I would love to read this book too. Please put me on the list. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  10. How about this, if someone receives Fox's copy and doesn't know who to send it to next, send it to me and I will find the next recipient. It won't languish on my bookhelf, because I have a copy too!

    Just looking to do my part for the first book in a traveling tatting library.

  11. What a fabulous idea! I would love to be added to the list!

  12. OH thank you for the opportunity to get to read this book. What a great way to celebrate our Tattong Day 2010! Please put me on the list. Karen in OR

  13. I would love to see this book! I remember googling it when IsDihara blogged about it, and finding that there were no copies for sale because you had just bought the only one!

  14. Wow, Fox, congratulations on your 199th post! I come to your page on a regular basis. You're very talented, and I enjoy seeing your work and reading about your creations for the Boss and the Mini-Boss.

    Great idea for International Tatting Day, and a very generous offer.

    Looking forward to 200 more posts!

  15. Great post! Happy Tatting Day!

    I'm pleased to say I have a copy of this amazing book and have been trying to track down (via my old diaries) exactly how I 'knew' to order it back in 1994! I'm assuming the leader of our tatting group had a copy, and I got the ordering information from her. I had no idea who Angeline was at the time.

    It wasn't until after I received the book that I discovered it was hand bound by Angeline (age 80 by then)! The production of the book had to be so much work, let alone the amazing compilation of tatting patterns. A real treasure and a hugely important piece of tatting history.

    I eventually found a lot of information about Angeline and her husband on the internet. And Teri Dusenbury has a "Hall of Fame" section of her blog which features some amazing letters Teri received from Angeline back in the 1990s.

    I have my book under lock and key, so I applaud your generosity in sending your book on a Grand Tour! I know it will be appreciated by all!

  16. Gosh, I wish that's a nice gesture! Lucky Gina! Happy International Tatting Day!
    I have to admit if it fell in my grubby little tatting hands I wouldn't give it up! LOL! NOpe it'd be MINE MINE MINE! HEEE HEE HEEE!
    Have fun tatting awayyyy
    ~TattingChic ♥

  17. What a great idea! If you are still adding to the mailing list, count me in. I've heard so much about her techniques

  18. I would love to have a chance to see your book, Fox. But I am so far away, it's just not practical. But I love your idea and it is very generous of you.

  19. Thank you for thinking of this, you've come up w/ another example of tatters being wonderful people.

    If there is a list please add my name.

    Congratulations on your 199th post. I'm looking forward to number 200.

  20. umintsuru, I do not know why the book cannot come to you. The world is our village, after all! If you get mail, it is possible!
    Fox : )

  21. I'd love to read the book too. Is someone keeping a list of names? Please add me to the list. Thank you Fox for the generous offer to read this book. Happy Tatting!

  22. Carol, working on the details! You are on the list. : ) Fox

  23. Well, of course, I want to be on the list too. I was away and didn't get to check my blogs that I follow, so I'm a cow's tail!
    hugs, Bev

  24. I'd love to be on the list! what a cool and generous idea!

  25. I think that's incredibly generous of you. I'm NOT going to add my name to the list as I'm pretty clumsy and tend not to borrow things from people for this reason. I don't know if you've ever heard of it but reminds me of bookcrossing.

  26. Hey, Michelle,
    I've been a member of bookcrossing forever!

    Yes. it is along the same lines as what we are doing here, isn't it! No wonder I had the thought! Thanks for mentioning it.
    Fox : )

  27. Hey - can I get on the list? I'd love to take a look at this book.
    Thanks a ton....

  28. Hi,

    I am Bill from Ohio.

    I think the idea was very generous and quite clever actually!

    If I ever got my hands on the book, I would make a digital copy of it to keep it safe.


  29. I would very much like to have a peek at it also. What a wonderful way to pass on knowledge!!!

  30. Bill and Tonia,
    Keep watching for updates - there are a lot of folks to go - and I can add you at the end, which is months away!

    Bill - beware of copyright infringement....
    Fox : )

  31. Oh, Fox, If this book gets around to North Carolina, I would love to have a read and peak at it. There is a small group of tatters here that meets once a month, called the Tri-Tatters, who I am sure would love to see it, too.

  32. I would love to read it but maybe Australia is too far to send it when my turn come?
    Joy in OZ

  33. Joy, No, it is not too far! That is the whole idea about sending the book abroad!

    I am going to post about it again in the next few days, as there has been some activity here.... Stay tuned!
    Fox : )

  34. What a wonderful idea, I would love to see it. Hope I don't get hit by a truck first, although in England it's always 'knocked down by a bus'

  35. Wendy - Don't even joke about that.... I was!
    Fox : )

  36. I would LOVE to be included. May I ask though, that I can send forward to someone in the USA. I don't wanna seem ungrateful, just finances are pretty tight.

    Thanks you so much for sharing such a treasure!

  37. Hi,Connie,
    Sure! You're on the list, following a fellow Yank. Please send me your snail mail.
    Fox : )

  38. Let's Tat arrived at my house today, Fox! I've already read 50 pages. Thank you so much for sharing this book!

  39. Fox...I know it will be a couple of years before it would get to my name, but please add it!
    TatSuz...aka Suzan crites

  40. Fox-

    I'd love to be added to the list. It looks like a lovely book.

    Deb in WV
    DebinWV at yahoo dot com

  41. I live in Ireland, and have only ever met one other tatter and that was my teacher ..a nun ...who is now on her late 80's.... I would love to see this book,,,, actually I have a sister called Angeline!!!!!

  42. Hi, Edel,
    Please send me an email and I will put you ln the list.
    Fox : )

  43. I would love to read this book too. Please put me on the list.

  44. I'd like to be on the list! What a generous idea!

  45. Is the book still traveling? I would love to read it...
    Las Vegas NV USA

    1. Hi Liz,

      There are enough people on the list at the moment to keep Angeline on the road for another year. Then I will consider what to do...

      Check back from time to time as I post updates occasionally.

      Thanks for looking!
      Fox : )

  46. Fox, if you decide to continue Angeline's travels, I'm very interested!