Currently viable crafts




The making of a form of knotted lace using thread and a small shuttle.


Status Currently viable
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK 19th century
Current no. of professionals (main income)
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
The Ring of Tatters has almost 1,000 members, though not all are active practitioners.
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required



Tatting emerged in the first half of the 19th century as a development from knotting. The new availability of fine mercerised threads from 1835 encouraged a burgeoning of lacecrafts of all sorts. In the 19th century and well into the 20th century, tatting was used like crochet or knitted lace mainly for edgings, collars, doyleys, traycloths and so on.





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Issues affecting the viability of the craft



Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known



Other information




  • Palmer, Pam, Tatting (Shire Publications)
  • Palmer, Pam, (2003) Tatting Shuttles: Related tools and Accessories
  • Nakayama, Heidi, Tatting Shuttles
  • Auld, Rhoda, (1974) Tatting