By the end of the first year the membership totaled 31 and some of these were from interstate. Membership continues to grow and we regularly have 30 or more members attending meetings.
The first meetings were held at West Ryde, however, in 1996 we started meeting at Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park where we still meet today.
We regularly demonstrate at the Darling Harbour, Rosehill and Newcastle craft shows and at other venues when requested.
In 1996 we were delighted to welcome the noted Australian tatting designer, Norma Benporath, as an Honorary Life Member. Although born in New Zealand she spent a lot of her life in Australia. Her achievements are all the more remarkable when you learn that she only ever had about 60% sight in one eye.
In 1998, Norma was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to tatting. Sadly she passed away in July of that year at the grand old age of 97. We are greatly indebted to her for so many wonderful designs.
In September 2012 Mavis Edwards (deceased 2013) was made an Honorary Member of the Tatters’ Guild of Australia (NSW) in recognition of her years of skill, dedication, teaching and promotion of the art of tatting. President Clare presented Mavis with a certificate, and in return, Mavis donated many of her exquisite pieces to the Guild.
Mavis achievements are remarkable and impressive when you learn that she was given five minutes of tuition in how to tat and read patterns by and elderly lady, Mrs Havell. This was the only instruction that Mavis ever received for tatting – the rest she taught herself from books.
Mavis taught Tatting at the St George Arts and Crafts Association for four and a half years before joining the Tatters’ Guild of Australia, where she has been a member for fifteen years. She was also awarded Overall Exhibition Champion at the Sutherland Shire Festival of Arts and Crafts in 1998 for her sampler of tapestry stitches.
Mavis was born in Kingaroy, Queensland. Her paternal grandparents were pioneers in the area, throughout her life Mavis has either been a teacher or a student, and often going on to teach the courses that she studied. Thank you Mavis you are a true inspirational role model and we thank you for your donations to our Guild collection!
The following is a display of Mavis’ tatting work donated to the Guild.
Now, in 2013, we have approximately 60 members.