Friday, February 17, 2012

Farewell Gina, Forever The Tatting Goddess

The tatting community gathers together today to show how much love and admiration Regina "Gina" Brummett, known online as the Tatting Goddess, inspired in us.

Count me among them.

Though I never had the pleasure of meeting her, Gina's was the first tatting blog I ever read. Without fail it was a must-read. Her creativity, mirth and candor give her posts much energy and love.

My favorite pattern of Gina's is her Gingerbread Boy.  But truth be told, every pattern she so generously shared is on my must-tat list.  (This list goes back to the 1980s.)

It is not a stretch to say that everything Gina tatted and shared on her blog I wanted to tat. Normally I am not a fan of rickrack, but Gina's work combining this trim with tatting won me over. When she posted about poking through antique shops for treasures, finding fine porcelain or tatted handkerchiefs or adorable bud vases, I planned an outing toute suite.

I followed her most recent 25 Motif Challenge with fervent interest.  She deftly brought the tatting patterns from  D.M.C. Tatting  (which can be found in the Antique Pattern Library) to life with her technical skill and facile charm.

Singing Gina's praises is so easy because they are so richly deserved. LadyShuttleMaker (I think?) said it best when she wrote:  Gina "left an indelible mark" on us all.

It feels odd to miss someone who I never met in real life, but that is the way of the tatting community.  Gina was a kindred spirit.

So today we mourn the loss of one of our own: a treasured rose.

During this time of reflection many elegant tatting ladies have demonstrated dignity and grace.  I cannot truly count myself among them. I fall squarely into the "sappy sobber" camp.

But whether you are a "sappy sobber" or decorum is more your cup of tea, I thank you for indulging my tear-stained tribute to a truly great lady. She lives on in our memories, but will be sorely missed.

Thank you, Gina, for being among the first to welcome me into the online tatting community.  
 And thank you, Powers That Be, for her time spent among us and the vast talent she shared.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Sampling of Patterns from Tatting Goddess

This note is forwarded with the kind permission of Georgia Seitz, who posted it to all those on her Online Tatting Class mailing list.  I repost it here, just in case you didn't see it yesterday.

Georgia Seitz wrote:

Dear tatters,

If you have a tatting blog or page, please join us as we remember Gina

Brummet on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Please post a note, a memory or
photos of your tatting from a Gina Brummet  pattern.

See her work:

Here are some patterns which Gina shared with the Online Tatting Class

over the years.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


CrazyMom found this lovely obituary online for Gina. There is a place for condolences.

Barbara Foster kindly forwarded this link for Gina's obituary in her local newspaper:

Journal and Courrier - Regina Brummet

Here is information to contact her sister, Linda, and her daughter, Laurie, for those of you who have asked for direct contact.


And last but not least, Lady ShuttleMaker and CrazyMom have offered up a truly lovely suggestion -- to make a tribute to Gina, who touched and enriched our lives with her wit and wisdom:

Let's all blog sweet things in tribute to Gina on Friday, each on our on blogs and when we get time to post. I think Gina would be very pleased.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


It is with a heavy heart that I share this sad, sad news with Tat Land.

Today I received a call from Barbara Foster of Handy Hands, Inc. She had spoken with the owner of ZigZag Corner and had been informed of the death of one of our beloved tatting bloggers:

Gina the Tatting Goddess

At this time I know very little, except that Tatting Goddess had been battling cancer.

This news comes as quite a shock to me, as I am sure it will to many of you.

As I learn more, I will share it here. Please take a moment or two to pay your silent respects to Gina, who now tats with the angels.

We will miss her so.

Gina's Tatting Blog: Threads of a Tatting Goddess