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Meet the Author

Hey there, can you introduce yourself?

Hello Readers. My name is Lyn and I am among many other things a Tatter. I learned to Tat when I was confined to hospital for almost a year.
I saw some Tatted lace when an Italian nurse showed a lovely dress she had made for her sisters confimation. She was going on leave for a month and promised to teach me when she returned. A month was too long to wait so with the help of a book I taught myself. It soon became my favourite craft and art form. The versatility of the craft is amazing,also it is so easy to carry with you wherever you go, all you need is a small shuttle and thread. The perfect pocket craft.

Tell us a bit about the book?

The art of Tatting Jewelry is my 10th book and the projects are very varied. I have designed some conventional looking jewelry using metallic thread and beads but also some flower necklaces made with cotton threads.
The flower necklaces have been designed using a life size template, this enables the tatter to design their own unique necklace, blouse trim etc.
I think the designs offer something for all Tatters from novice to all abilities.

What was the inspiration behind it?

I have always liked to make jewelry type tatting, making ear rings etc to match outfits but I went into "overdrive" when I found the wonderful Turkish metallic threads. When I wear some of the items people often remark about them and are surprised to find that its Tatted Lace not conventional jewelry. My book Tatting Jewellery was a direct result of a trip to Istanbul. I was window shopping at a famous jewellers when the manager invited me in to take a closer look at the single pendant in the window. He thought that the "expensive" pendant that I was wearing meant that I could afford it. I had to take off mine for him to take a closer look to convince him.

Which is your favourite project?

My No1 favourite project is the Beaded Flower Neclace on Page 12.
A close 2nd would be the Moonlight set page 64.

What is your craft space like?

I am lucky to have a craft room /office where I can do the real work for the book It`s really the spare bedroom in my home. The Tatting part of course is in my chair facing the window in the sitting room where I can see the birds in the garden or watch TV.

Have you always been creative?

I have always loved making and doing things Although I don`t have a sewing machine I love hand sewing ,knitting,and I do like water colour painting just on greeting cards. I also love card embroidery.

When did you first start crafting?

My father said that when I was abouut 3 years old I loved being with him in his workshop. My favourite thing was shaping and smoothing bits of wood and making a patterns on them by hammering nails on them.

Who are your crafty heroes?

One of my favourite Authors is Elgiva Nicholls . Her book Tatting Techniques (published in 1976 )is so good. I have learned a lot from it and still get pleasure from browsing it.
I also love to read about the history of Tatting or Shuttle Lace as its often called. The book by Lady Hoare (Published 1910) has a wonderful history and the Introduction by H.M.The Queen of Roumania is an inspiration.
I have quite a collection of more modern designers too many to mention as I love them all. so many ideas all unique to each designer .
Although the basic stitch of Tatting is the same, it is the application which means each work and each design is special.

Where do you find inspiration?

Anywhere and everywhere. From a wrought iron gate in Norwich to a screen once used by the ladies of the harem in a palace in Turkey. A beautiful old painting or just using the tatting shuttle and seeing what evolves.

What's next for you?

Whatever I do it is bound to involve Tatting. I love to teach and hope to carry on with my domonstrating for the Ring of Tatters.Talks to WIs etc.
At the moment I am working on some random designs and 3D pendants like bunches of tiny flowers.
What a joy Tatting is.

Publisher's Description

The Art of Tatting Jewelry is the latest title from esteemed tatter Lyn Morton and contains a fantastic array of exquisite pieces to create. Each design is carefully photographed and accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams. This practical and informative book showcases the use of this accessible and thriving craft, ideal for creating fantastic necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings.