C.B. Fox gives us a glimpse into her witty humor and tasteful musings of tat-life with her blog Tat-ology, which has been up and running since 2009.

Recently I had asked Fox for an interview, and though she has a full plate, she kindly obliged...

TC:

In your 2009 blog post titled: Why Tat? What’s it Get You?, you mentioned to the “American South” stranger visiting Canada, that you had “tried the shuttle a few years back and couldn’t fathom how to make anything pretty.” …

Where did you first try the shuttle, and why did you put it down?

 Fox:

I bought two Susan Bates plastic post shuttles in Jenners, a large department store in Edinborough. The year was 2005. It was  Festival time and I was staying in a very haunted rental. So haunted! Maybe that is why I could not figure out the double stitch!

 TC:

Yes, that is creepy and I think I would be distracted, too… and probably trying to find another place to stay!

So do you still have (now) the tatting shuttle the stranger gave you?

Fox:

I passed this shuttles and my orange one from the Southern Belle to Gina, The Tatting Goddess , for her students. She passed away several years ago and was well known throughout Tat -Land. I am privileged that I got to meet her. In fact, she was the very first in-the -flesh tatter I had ever met!

 

TC:

It is nice to have those memories. I remember reading about Gina’s passing. I believe she was loved by the tatting community – whether it was in person, or online. She was helpful, and seemingly a positive person in general. I never had the opportunity to meet her, but that is the impression I had when I would read her blog.

How did you come up with the name (Tat-ology) for your blog?

Fox:

Playing with words…tat-ology comes from knowing tatting is made up of endless 
repeating double stitches, and they ARE necessary.
Tatting is not necessary in the modern world.
Its stitches are endlessly repeated by those who love them, necessarily!
There were probably tatters before 1574. : )
tau·tol·o·gy
\t-ˈtä-lə-jē\
noun
: a statement in which you repeat a wordidea, etc., in a way that is not necessary
Full Definition
  • 1 a : needless repetition of an ideastatement, or word
    b : an instance of tautology
  • 2 : a tautologous statement
Other formsplural tau·tol·o·gies
Origin: Late Latin tautologia, from Greekfrom tautologos.
First use: 1574
 
TC:
 
Thank you Fox for sharing your story!
 

These are just a taste of what Fox designs. Be sure to check out her page for the patterns, and other great designs as well!