I don't run into too many tatters in person, but there is a thriving community online. There are blogs by tatters all over the world and it's really fun to follow them. Some of my favorite tatters are in England, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
You would be amazed at all the tatters around the world. It actually helps as some of them are able to help others get supplies unique to their part of the world. Threads, beads, and shuttles differ and there are great pattern books as well. I even have a tatting book from Norway!
Tatters are generally very kind and generous, sharing with their fellow tatters as much as possible. Over the past couple of months, I have benefited from some of that generosity. One tatter shared her surplus of handkerchiefs with her blog followers. I received one of those beautiful hankies and I can't wait to add an edging to it.
Fox at tat-ology gave away some of the thread she was done with. I was happily surprised to see she included some tatting and a few findings with that spool of thread she sent me. It's so exciting to get packages like these with the extra surprises. There's nothing quite like receiving a piece of someone else's tatting.