Tatting Tools

An image of long wooden tools with oval holes in the centre.
Tatting tools from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Unknown, likely England
Year: ca. 1885
Materials: Ivory 

Tatting arrived in Europe from Asia in the 16th century and became extremely popular in the second half of the 19th century. Tatting is an ancient form of lace making, traditionally frequented by upper class ladies due to the enormous time involved. Notably, Queen Victoria of England and Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria enjoyed tatting. Tatting involves wrapping thread around one or two shuttles and using the shuttles to guide the thread into patterns of knots to create rings and chains in delicate designs.