This is an almost lost ancient form of needle craft that was very popular in Europe (Russia, Italy and Spain) and the Far East. This form became very popular in the 1700 and 1800's by European nobility and then soon came to America, where it remained popular until World War I. Now there is a renewed interest in this graceful art. It is not just for doillies anymore.
Traditional tatting uses one or more shuttles. But many find this method difficult to master. Now the same delicate work can be done with a needle. This method is very easy and fast to learn and will take almost no time at all to become efficient and master this art.
All shuttle patterns can be converted to needle patterns.