19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma’s married sister Besse was visiting for a few days. Even if it was it was difficult to learn how to make tatted lace, it sounds like a fun activity for the two sisters.
I’ve often wished that I knew how to tat, but it seems almost like a lost art. I remember seeing beautiful tatted doilies and handkerchiefs when I was a child—but both seem to have vanished from modern households.
According to Wikipedia:
A tatting shuttle facilitates tatting by holding a length of wound thread and guiding it through loops to make the requisite knots.
To make the lace, the tatter wraps the thread around one hand and manipulates the shuttle with the other hand.