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Monday, November 19, 2012

Jane Eborall - Tatting

I used to think that needle tatting was a lost art. My mom was the last person I saw tatting and that was way back when I was in primary school. I recall watching her, fascinated by the instant lace that appeared from her nimble fingers as she looped and knotted with an oval-shaped thingy (shuttle) that made funny clicky sounds. Sadly, I've never learned the art - my clumsy fingers couldn't possibly handle something so delicate.
Although tatting is rarely practised today, I'm glad to learn that it has survived the test of time. There is actually a global tatting community of very talented people out there who are keeping the art alive.

Pretty well known in the tatting world is Jane Eborall who does more than your average doilies. Jane lives in England and has been tatting since the age of 13!Her blog, Tatting and Not a Lot Else, is where she shares her adorable creations.

Here are some of my favourties from her blog.
Blue Budgie

Interestingly, did you know that tatting dates back nearly 1,000 years to fishermen who wove cords into fishing nets?


  1. I have tried and tried to master this art! It is harder than it looks. Once, a lady in the airport was working away at it and I sat beside her to watch. She got me going on a spare bobbin and let me work with her for about an hour. I even produced a small "thing" to take away. Sadly, after that one time, I couldn't remember how to do it. I did get a book and have followed instructions on "long needle tatting" that works for me. Still, my creations are very limited. Nothing like these by the master!

  2. These are awesome. I love the giraffe.

    I feel dumb for saying it, but at first I thought you were talking about tattoos! I've never heard of needle tatting until now.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. oh my gosh...I have never even heard of this. I love the creative...and fun!!

  4. Remarkable! Wish I had such patience to create something so lovely! Glad you shared on UNITE this week! Hope to see some other great posts each Tuesday at Rich Faith Rising! Happy Thanksgiving! ~ jen

  5. I love the giraffe too! Veronica, I ate so much today I'm starting to feel like the turkey. LOL!

    Hope you had a great day too. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. My favorites are the lion and the giraffe.

  7. Even if you cannot think of doing the shuttle tatting yourself, you can still try needle tatting. why not give it a whirl? there are lots of video on YouTube to learn from. A good place to start is at