Dating leaf tatting shuttles
She does a superb job of detailing the progression of tatting.* Nicholls sees tatting taking on a linear development.She thinks tatting developed from macramé and macramé developed from knotting.
In the Pitts-River Museum at Dorset, England, a four-inch, bone shuttle is displayed.
Sometimes new tatters would examine an older piece of tatting and figure out how to make it.
But very few pieces of tatting survived the constant washing over the years.
Yet, Nicholls is willing to entertain a couple of other theories regarding the origin of tatting.
First, she imagines an Italian seaman on a long journey, perhaps bored, he sees a rope wound in a circle and bound by tatting knots.