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September Tatter of the Month – Lois

Meet the Tatter – September Tatter of the Month

Lois Bresnahan, shuttle tatter, and guild member since 2000 (or 2001).

When did you first learn about tatting?

I can’t remember when I didn’t know about tatting. As a very small child I lived around people who were immigrants. Most of the women friends of my paternal grandmother crochet, knitting, or sewing, embroidery. Some of them were master lace makers of one kind or another a few of them tatted as well. My maternal grandfather’s mother was a tatter. I’d spend part of my summers with her watching her tat.

When did you start tatting?

On my 17th birthday, September 14, 1967.    We hope you have a Happy Birthday!

Who taught you to tat?

My great-grandmother taught me. She showed me what the stitch would how to make each half of the double stitch on a piece of large twine; let me try a few stitches with it till she thought I had the idea. Then she handed me a handwritten pattern and a metal Bates shuttle wound with 120 silk thread told me to start tatting. The woman could be cruel. I made a lot of mistakes and she would patiently help me fix them. I know that shuttle would look like it was running out of thread before I went to bed, but the next morning it would still be attached to what I thought I did the day before and the shuttle would be full!

What tatting skill(s) do you want to learn?

Right now I’m working on the “No Blips Join” on Jane Eborall website. I’m still trying to do a cluny leaf

What is the largest project that you have tatted?

I made a table cloth for my step daughter for her Hope Chest and then the edging for her long wedding veil. I also made the short veil that covered her face using a fine silk thread using the mignon technique. I also did the collar and cuffs for her dress.

Who is your favorite designer?

Don’t really have a favorite designer. There are too many wonderfully talented designers out there with their own special talents. I like most of the Japanese designers. Love Jane E.’s designs, love the late Tatting Goddess, Gina’s patterns, Linda Davies 3D flowers are wonderful. I could go on and on but I won’t.

Favorite tatting book?

I don’t really have a favorite book. There are two books I’ve had to replace; “Tatted Treasure Chest” and Mini Tats. They both literally fell apart from over use.

Favorite thing to tat?

I really don’t have a favorite thing to tat. I tatted a lot collars for my granddaughter to wear when she was performing until she learned to tat herself. I’ve done snowflakes for each of my grandchildren from the year they were born. Now I’ve added Max. I tend to tat whatever looks interesting. I like tatting ornament covers, edgings, doilies. I guess whatever I’m working on is my favorite thing.

Favorite thread colors?

I like bright happy colors for the most part, love some of the muted colors that Majestic had, I’m fond of most of the pastels. Guess my favorite color is kind of like my favorite thing to tat. Whatever I’m working with at the time.

Favorite thread brand?

I love DMC’s Coronet Special (too bad it only comes in white), absolutely loved Handy Hands’ Flora size 50 (too bad they don’t make it any more), Sulki is one I like to use. The new Lizbeth thread is ok for the most part. Valdani is nice thread and King Tut. Generally I’ll tat with anything that will give me good results.

Have you ever made your own pattern?

I’ve done two ornament covers my daughter’s short veil. I’ve played with making different little motifs to put together.

What is your favorite thing you have tatted so far?

Whatever I’ve just finished, usually. Most recently a 3D rose by Mary Konior.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I play tournament poker. A clover shuttle is my card protector. I’m reading the collected works of Jane Austin, right now. I like playing with beads. I like playing with graphics on the computer. I just wish there were more hours in the day.

Anything else you would like other tatters to know about you?

I like seeing what others are doing. I love it when new tatters finish a project they are proud of. I guess my email tag line says it all about me as a tatter: “I tat therefore I am.”

Here are some tatted pieces that Lois is proud of:

Natalie’s One Year Tatting Anniversary Post

I’m the type of gal who likes to jump into things feet first and fully immerse myself in a new hobby. So here I am, a year later, looking back at how far my tatting has come. One year ago today, I took up my first shuttle. In fact, it was a year ago today that I learned about tatting. I’m sure some of the lace I have seen over the years used the technique, but I didn’t know what it was and would have, at that point, just assumed it was a form of crochet or knitting.

My tatting in the first few days, August 2012.

I am so happy that I know what tatting is now. I am very grateful to Donna for taking the time to teach me the basics on the first night and then for having the patience to teach me new techniques as the year went on. I love tatting. It has easily become my favorite form of crafting.


I’m very enthusiastic about tatting, as many a person who has asked me what I am doing has found out. I’ve introduced several people to tatting over this past year (thirteen of whom sat with me for a basic lesson or more) and even taught the basics to several. My sister-in-law is my newest student. I taught her the basics during her recent visit and she is already reading patterns and completing motifs.

Bethaney’s first tatting from patterns. She was taught on August 12, 2013.

It is always exciting when the basics just click for a new tatter. I have the utmost adoration for any tatter that sticks with it and I’m proud of those that gave it a try. I have had a blast demonstrating at the Fall Folk Festival (as a newbie) and then at the Historic Skills fair.

Things tatted at the Shuttlebirds Guild Workshop, Guild Meetings, or made for the Theme Contest.

I consider myself very lucky to be a member of the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild. I’ve been taught several techniques at guild meetings and everyone is so friendly. I also really enjoy seeing all the various projects that other guild members are working on. Between that, InTatters, and Pinterest I have an ample stream of tatting inspiration.

Tatted Gifts and Jewelry.

When I first started tatting – I did all sorts of things to improve my skills. When I thought I had things down well enough, I decided to imitate some brilliant designers and try to tat a few of their designs just by looking at pictures. I also played around with various jewelry designs and had fun making tatted gifts for several family members.

Happy Accidents and Tatting Experiments.

I arrived at an accidental heart pattern from a mistake while trying to follow an antique pattern. I arrived at a snowflake pattern while tatting Gina’s lovely Wedding Garter pattern. I’ve even toyed with combining tatting and hairpin lace (thank you Donna for teaching me that too!) into a bracelet and liked the result.

Tatting challenge pieces.

I have had an amazing time challenging myself with a new free pattern each week and in turn challenging you, our readers. I really love doing the weekly challenge posts (even if over half of them have been tatted the night before in a panic). I am grateful for the wonderful tatting designers who have granted permission to link to their wonderful creations. I am also thankful for the readers who have accepted the challenge and sent in pictures. Your pictures inspire me to keep on tatting and make writing for this blog something I look forward to. Thank you!

Tatting done by Joyce and given to me as part of the tatting exchange! I love it all!

Another tatting highlight for me this year was participating in the “These are a few of my favorite things…” exchange on InTatters. I’ve made a delightful new friend who sent me a bunch of neat stuff including some amazing tatted pieces (pictured above). I will add pictures of what I sent her after she receives it (hopefully by Monday). I’m incredibly fascinated by the tatted doily bowl. She even shared the process for turning a doily into a bowl – I will definitely be trying this in the future.

Support, Encouragement, and Goals.

My drive to learn new skills was initially to achieve the goal of completing Anne B’s dragon pattern. I’m happy to say that I’ve made a few of these guys over the course of the year and will make several more in the years to come. My husband has also been very supportive of my new hobby. He spoiled me on our anniversary with a beautiful wooden shuttle and more thread (pictured above). There is no way I could have enjoyed this hobby and done so much in a year without his love and support. Thank you Bevan!

Meet T.A.S.C., my Tatting And Sewing Clank.

Meet T.A.S.C., my Tatting And Sewing Clank.

I have several goals for year two of my tatting adventure:

  • incorporate tatting into my 2014 SpoCon costume in a big way (I have an idea in my head that I can’t wait to see happen)
  • finish the tatting that I ran out of time to add to this year’s Agatha costume (trim for the skirts, a tatted Trilobite [in-progress], and some other decorative pieces [I only had time to add a little bit of tatting to T.A.S.C. – my Tatting and Sewing Clank – pictured above])
  • make a doily bowl
  • create 52 weekly challenges
  • meet more tatters (in person or online)
  • create several patterns
  • continue to participate in tatting demonstrations
  • finish the projects I started at the 2013 Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild Workshop
  • attend the 2014 Guild Workshop
  • keep on enjoying my tatting hobby

I hope you enjoyed my rambling self-reflection and I’d love to hear what you think about anything I’ve shared in the comments.

Happy Tatting!

~ Natalie

Tatter of the Month – May 2013

Patty Markley, Shuttle Tatter, Guild member since 1998 or 1999 and current vice-president.

When did you first learn about tatting?

My Grandmother tatted and made me pillowcases with tatted edgings.

When did you start tatting?


Who taught you to tat?

My Grandmother showed me how when I was about 10, but she lived in Wyoming and we lived in Texas so I never remembered it. In 1997 I met a lady at church and she showed me how again. Her name is Dianne Yorke and she is Patti Duff’s cousin. She introduced me to the Workshop and the Guild.
What tatting skill do you want to learn?

All that I can

What is the largest project that you have tatted?

A 15 inch diameter Ann Orr doily and a tatted collar.

Collar tatted by Patty Markley.

Collar tatted by Patty Markley.

Who is your favorite designer?

Linda Davies and Jan Stawasz
Favorite tatting book?

Tatted Treasures by Jan Stawasz and Mary Konior’s Visual Tatting
Favorite thing to tat?

Hanky edgings
Favorite thread colors?

Subtle variegations and leaf green
Favorite thread brand?

I like the Lizbeth thread
Have you ever made your own pattern?

Yes, a hairpin lace and tatting snowflake and a baby bonnet.
What is your favorite thing you have tatted so far?

The Ann Orr doily

Ann Orr doily tatted by Patty markley

Ann Orr doily tatted by Patty Markley

Do you have any other hobbies?

Yes, I like to sew and piece quilts.
Anything else you would like other tatters to know about you?

I am a member, currently vice president of the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild and have been a past president. I am married for 39 years and have two grown daughters neither of which want to learn to tat. I taught my Dad to tat and he loved it till he died.


Tatter of the Month-March 2013

Donna B., shuttle tatter, guild member since 2006.

When did you first learn about tatting, when did you start tatting, and who taught you?

 Years and years ago there was a lady who said she would teach me how to tat, but she suddenly lost her vision and was unable to do so. I learned from Patti Duff in 2006 with my daughter, Erin.

What tatting skill do you want to learn?

I want to be able to close a cluny.

What is the largest project you have tatted?

A six-foot piece of lace and several insertion pieces for my sister in ecru (which is not my favorite color to work with).

Who is your favorite designer?

 Martha Ess and Jan Stawasz

Favorite tatting book?

 Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konoir

Favorite thing to tat?


Favorite thread color?


Favorite thread brand?


Have you ever made your own pattern?

 Not yet, but I have a few stored in my head that I plan to try.

What is your favorite thing you have tatted thus far?

A doily made with Caribbean thread.

Donna’s favorite tatted piece.

Do you have any other hobbies?

Sewing, hiking, reading, and more.  I used to knit and crochet, but tatting is the only thing that doesn’t bother my hands.

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