You can live in a town all your life like I have and in all that time I've probably only taught around a dozen people to tat.
Of those - none kept it up. That's 60+ years of tatting myself and even when I learned my school friends didn't want to learn as well. They all watched me and realised that wherever I was I'd always have a shuttle with me but still they didn't want to learn. It was a hobby that I could afford out of my pocket money!!!
Since January we've had a little craft group meeting at Lifeways - we originally got together to make the bunting for the street party but enjoyed our chatting, coffee drinking etc so continued. I've now got two people learning to tat which is amazing. I NEVER offer to teach anybody - I have to be 'persuaded'. I work on the theory that if they really, really want to learn then they'll keep asking and I'll then 'give in' and teach them.
This is Beryl who came for the first time yesterday and who is picking it up pretty darn quickly. She's also a Silver Surfer student and that's how we met and how she learned about our wonderful little craft group.