Tatting with Jessie E Turner
My main objective is to provide an opportunity for you to have connection-to-heritage experiences.  My work with the Aurora Colony Historical Society and my volunteer time at The End of The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, at fairs, and other events makes it possible for you to "get a feel" for history.

After my "Five Minute Introduction to Tatting" lessons, many of you want to learn more.  I wrote and illustrated, How to Make Tatted Lace, because of your requests.  I also use it as instructional material for classes I teach.

You can order copies for yourself on the Books for Sale page of this website.  (Contact me for discounts on quantities of 25 or more.)
Here I am tatting.  I am wearing a tatted collar and a tatted snood on my head.  I am also wearing a wig I made from my sister's hair.
If you are a tatter and are teaching this art, you may find my multi-aspect useful to your students.  I have included some tips for teachers near the end of the booklet on p. 33.

Detailed instructions for the basic double stitch are on pp. 5-21.

An illustrated glossary is on p. 21.

You will find a summary (for instructions at a glance)
on pp. 30-31.
I gave my first tatting lesson within a week of the time I closed my first ring.

A four year old girl saw me making tatted lace and she wanted to do it too.  I showed her how the stitch is made.

That didn’t satisfy her curiosity, so I handed her the shuttle.  I ran the left hand and she ran the right hand (while I pointed where the shuttle should go).  Within a few minutes together we made a ring with picots. 

The mother was thrilled. The little girl was happy and I had discovered a teaching technique that still works for me. 

My “Five Minute Introduction to Tatting” Lesson allows students to experience the rhythm and pattern while getting a feel for the correct thread tension.
Jessie's Tatting Lessons at the
Aurora Colony Quilt Show
October 22, 2009.