Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging, as well as doilies, collars and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch or half hitch knots over a core thread. The term for tatting in most European languages is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature produced by this technique.
All of the available evidence shows that tatting originated in the early 19th century. As most fashion and home economics magazines from the first half of the 20th century attest, tatting had a substantial following. When fashion included feminine touches such as lace collars and cuffs, and inexpensive yet nice baby shower gifts were needed, this creative art flourished.
Modern day tatters are innovative and creative and every day new tatting techniques are created.
Here are some great examples of tatting work that I have found: