While I was tatting at the coffee shop yesterday, I met a family that really liked what I was doing. The mom was very interested, but the daughter was downright ecstatic about it, practically glued herself to my shoulder. She was literally bouncing up and down as she watched me. I showed her how to make the double stitch, gave the mom a couple of websites and my e-mail address, and let the little girl pick a motif from my grab bag. I really think they might follow up and learn tatting together.
If they do contact me, I'd like to be ready with some ideas. Teaching the mechanics of tatting is not a problem. What I want is suggestions for patterns for a young girl; I think she's about 7. I have a few ideas, a basic 4-ring butterfly, a ring and chain flower, a simple bookmark. Can anyone recommend a book of very simple patterns, ball and shuttle only for now, that would hold a kid's attention and is written at a level she can understand?