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2626alljustbeginners.Wewerecertainlynotblue-ribbonpeopleatthattimeCarolynjokesbutthatsnotthecaseanymore.AtthisyearsfairJoyceShellyandCarolynallearnedribbonsthoughtheyarequicktoemphasizethatitsnotaboutcompetition.Moreimportanttothemthantheirindividualachievementsistheimpactoftheireffortsoninterestintheartitself.Todaythefairreceivesentriesinthreedifferentlacemakingcategories.IwouldntsaywesavedtattingCarolynremarksbutatleastwehavemadepeoplemoreawareandIthinkwhathappenedisotherladieswouldcomebyandseeourworkandsayHeyIknowhowtotatIllentersomething.Ithinktherehavealwaysbeentattersbuttheycouldntseeeachother.Theydidntknowotherssharedtheirinterest.Thesharinghasalwaysbeenacharacteristicfeatureoftraditionalwomenshandworkmostpopularlyknowntodayinthequiltingbee.Abeeisanygatheringofpeerstocompletesomebigjobortedioustaskbutbeesareassocialastheyareuseful.AsCarolynputsitWomenlikemygrandmotherneededthetimewitheachotherasmuchastheyneededthequiltstheymade.JoyceespeciallylikesthataspectoftheactivityrecallingSaturdayafternoonsknittingcrochetingandembroideringwithherfoursisters.Todaysheappreciatestattingwithotherswhoshareherinterest.ThesearepeopleIcanrelatetoshesayswhenmykidsorotherfriendsdontunderstandorparticularlycareaboutwhatImworkingon.IfIhaveaprobleminaprojectIcancomehereandsayHowdoIsolvethisForShellywithayoungchildathomeahusbandandajobtheconvenienceoftattingisalsoappealing.Theresnotmuchinvestmenttostartup.Ashuttlecostsacoupleofdollarsanditsveryportableandveryinexpensiveshesays.AlthougheachprojecttakesmanyhourstocompletethefactthattattingisextremelycloseworkmakesitbestdoneinrelativelyshortspotsoftimewhichworksoutwellforbusymotherslikeShellywhocannotcommitanentireafternoontoanythingmuchlessahobby.Butthetattersinsisttheydontcountthehours.Thetickingoftheshuttlemarkstheirtimenottheclock.Thatmakesthevalueoftheircreationsimpossibletocalculatethecostofmaterialsisnegligiblebutthelaborispriceless.EvenCarolynagreesthattattingisnotacost-effectivecottageindustrybyanymeanssothisgroupneversellstheirwork.WhocouldafforditInsteadtattingisbettergivenaway.CarolynexplainsJoyceisagoodexample.Shereceivedatattedcrosssoshemadeatattedcrossforhergranddaughter.Wegiveourtattingasgiftstopeopleweknowwillappreciateitandunderstandwhatitmeanstous.Despitetheapparentcomplexityofitsdesigntattingisliterallyasinglestitchcalledtheip.ARTISAN