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Monday 22 April 2024

all roads lead to Rome

They say that all roads lead to Rome, in fact it is on the route of many travellers!

I already knew that I'm lucky to live near Rome! But I wouldn't imagine that this meant that I could have had the great opportunity to meet travelling tatters!! It happened in 2019, when I met Karen Cabrera in person! ( )

And now I had the fantastic opportunity to meet the Master Tatter Anita Barry!

What do you think of an appointment under The Obelisk in St. Peter square? It’s fantastic, isn't it! And highly risky, LOL! For the crowd in the square, we almost didn't find each other! We should thank a light drizzle, for she had the umbrella with her, and intentionally opened it to make her visible to me, hers was the only opened umbrella in the square!

She is very nice and outgoing and one hour flew by! We chatted like old friends! Well, I think I talked too much, telling her about our just finished exhibition in my city, where I saw many beautiful laces, and about the Endrucks Project! Ah, now I have my own cat "Flat Felix" to take care of! Thank you so much, Anita!

Also, she was so nice to gift me some threads and one shuttle, that I love! And a beautiful pair of earrings! And many other lovely things… better to show you the treasure:

I save everything for a good use, and I’ve already wore the earrings. Will try the shuttle soon!

Well, I’d tell you, Felix told me he’s curious like a cat about what Anita will do with the motifs she got in return!

Do you think that I’ve been offline enough? Or do you think I spend too much time on Fb and I should be back blogging regularly? I can’t answer, maybe I’ll blog again. The Cambridge Dictionary says that “all roads lead to Rome” meaning “all the methods of doing something will achieve the same result in the end”. That's life, and it doesn’t mind if we are online or offline. The important thing is to always have (that’s right, the health first! But also…) a passion that fulfils us, that connects us with twin souls, and we'll never feel alone.

Ciao, Ninetta.

Sunday 21 April 2024

…and the offline life

I belong to a local lace association, and thanks to the initiative of Luigia Tosin, master in bobbin lace, we organise an exhibition each year, to promote lace and the cultural heritage of lace. 

Past years we held a series of exhibitions on the history of lace, from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. From this year on, we started a different project, a series of exhibitions focused on how we can pass the know-how to make lace to the future generations, it’s titled ‘Threads and Schools’. The first event has just ended, it was from 9th to 17th March. We invited a dozen participants from associations, single persons and schools from North Italy to exhibit in our city. The project will continue next year (2025) with groups of lacers from Central Italy and the year after (2026) from South Italy. Fingers crossed!

All participants have enjoyed it and welcomed our intent. For more pictures please visit the Fb page of our association "Ago Filo e Fuselli". The exhibition was started by a conference in the city Hall, our moderator was Alessandra Caputo (the amazing “multitasking” lady who is behind the site ):

The "Endrucks 1920 Project" had a little place in our exhibition, too!

My humble attempt to spread the voice here in my city is starting to get some fruits. Eleonore won against the prejudice that tatting is "just rings and chains", or "just knotting", and the Project is a great way to study/research, teach and learn, and it is a wonderful example of international collaboration. I thought it was connected to the title/subject of our exhibition. I received many congratulations and I'm very happy to share the compliments with Muskaan and all the Endrucks group. I stated clearly it's not only my work, and presented the Project like a school's work or a sampler book: I tatted all 44 models from E's and glued them in a handmade accordion book, like it used to be done in many vintage sampler books. Many visitors had to come close to the tatting to persuade themselves that the models were tatted and not printed! That was really fun, and gave me the opportunity to explain! 

You can see my work in a short video: 

We had the honour to host a rare copy of the original Endrucks book, thanks to a generous lady collector. The cover page is slightly embossed, which is evident in the back, as shown in the next collage pic. Also the last page of the cover has the initials for "Verlag Otto Beyer'' embossed, as shown in the internal side. Emmy Liebert's books by the same publisher have the covers with the tatting image embossed, too (from what we read in the review by M. Leigh Martin at her site "Something Under the Bed", link - We cannot say if this was a characteristic of the publisher Otto Beyer because we don't have enough information.

 On the same table with my sampler book, we had the artwork that won the second prize, "silver bobbin", at the competition "Intr3cci 2022 – Inno al merletto: una stele tridimensionale” (Hymn to lace: a three-dimensional stele), promoted in 2022 in Sansepolcro (Italy) by the Association "Il merletto nella città di Piero". The lace and the artistic installation were designed by Luigia Tosin and made with various techniques (mainly bobbin lace, then filet and macramè - unfortunately tatting was not admitted!) by many of us belonging to "Ago Filo e Fuselli", in a collective way. The title is “Il mondo è come una trina sottile: complesso, ma unico e meraviglioso.” (The world is like a thin lace: complex, but unique and wonderful.) – each side represents a continent in the world. Luigia is the president of our local association, and our Maestra in bobbin lace. I’m sorry that the pic was difficult to take, for the stele is quite big, height is about 60cm and diameter about 40cm.

 Ciao, Ninetta.

Saturday 20 April 2024

findings and the online life

Spring is just the perfect time to revive a blog that has been languishing for ages! Someone (who's smiling name starts with M 😉) pushed me to win my laziness and took me back to the "blog side"! (Muskaan is amazing and deserves a first prize as the best mentor and tatting friend!) 

So… here I am, blogging on my recent online and offline life. As a sneak peek on my offline life, my hand had the opportunity to touch a rare copy of the original Endrucks’ book (in March 2024). But I’ll tell you in next post…

Now to the online life.

The first important thing to write is that I've never stopped tatting for the Endrucks 1920 Project, trying to do my best to help Muskaan! She's incredibly creative and efficient, and the things to do are really so much that I often feel that I'm not doing enough to help her keep the Project going! 

E15 Ear of Maize Doodle by Muskaan - morphed into lavender by me - Pattern

The Project has been recently updated with a document containing a compilation of sources - contemporary to Endrucks (1916 to 1935) - where we found the same (or similar) patterns of the Endrucks' 1920 book or even a couple of other Eleonore's designs not included in the book (they are very likely her subsequent patterns). Read our new doc "FINDINGS - contemporary/Endrucks-related patterns" -

Actually we found only two sources that contain patterns designed by Eleonore not included in the ‘Die Schiffchen-Spitszen’ book, because these designs were published after 1920. I show you in the next pic only one of these two patterns, from “The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art”, issue 1925 (it was an annual review of contemporary architecture and applied art, issued from 1906 to 1925). A copy can be found in the site Heidelberg historic literature ( ). Very interestingly, these few designs show her evolution as a designer from 1920 on.

These “findings” are the result of both my online research and the offline help by a “detective on the field”. We should send a big thank you to a very kind lady, I only know her as ElisaT, who is a tatter, bilingual Italian German (and actually also English). She has decisively contributed to the Project, finding a lot about Eleonore's family (that will be shared soon) and about old German magazines. We wish her all the best and we hope that we can keep in touch and continue the great collaboration - life permitting.

And incredible as it may seem, from these old sources we learned that Eleonore was a self-taught tatter! And a generous teacher, a philanthropist, too. In fact, translating only some sentences found in two pages from the magazine “Daheim” (November 1925), this is what ElisaT wrote:

“Eleonore Endrucks writes in the article, of which she herself is the author, that she had gathered around her a group of ladies from the town where she had gone to live (Gilching) whom she had commissioned to carry out tatting work, according to the patterns that she had designed. Eleonore is keen to point out in the article that she did not keep any percentage: all the money went to the ladies who did the work.”

From the old books we also learn that Eleonore was soon recognised by her contemporaries as an innovator in the art of tatting, for the way patterns were written and diagrammed. We are still searching, but till now we think that she had never published a second book, even if she continued designing. 

We hope to find more in the future about her life and her tatting. I will continue to search online. Every one of you can help, if you think that you found something old new, or new old… oh well! Please contact Muskaan and/or me 😊

Ciao, Ninetta.

Sunday 12 November 2023

Tatting is a serious matter!


Dear readers,
I am deeply thankful to Karen Cabrera and Muskaan, who took the time to respectively translate and proofread for the English edition of the book. They have my gratitude and high respect. They made it possible to bring this book to many more tatters than I had ever imagined, as my humble goal was only to talk to Italian lacemakers. In particular, I owe a lot to Muskaan for her accurate work. She has a talent in teaching, and learning from her and with her has been an honour. In many parts she suggested the right tatting terms and better sentences, contributed valid points and corrected some accidental incoherence coming throughout from my Italian text. Definitely she made it a better book. Many thanks, Muskaan! Now it’s up to the tatters to take their shuttles or needles and enjoy the result of our work!

Book published!  - "Tatting is a serious matter English Edition” – Amazon link:

I can't thank Karen and Muskaan enough, for being so generous and wonderful friends. Karen was so sweet when she accepted to do the translation, around one year ago. After some months I received her first version, and I’d tell you the true, proofreading my own book has been very difficult for me! But I’m blessed to have another amazing friend! I feel very grateful to Muskaan, for her important role in checking the content. For this book I'm a lot more relaxed than for the Italian edition, now I'm more confident in the content thanks to Muskaan 🌹. During this past year, since Sept 2022, I haven't been able to correct my own errors in the Italian edition, and this is the proof that learning – both tatting and English - is a “serious” process for me, that will never ends!

For a brief presentation of the book’s contents, read also the following posts: and


Monday 1 May 2023


Last year was a special year for me, I realized my dream to publish a book I had in the drawer for some years. I am very grateful to everyone who encouraged and supported me, and my sincere thanks also go to the many readers, who positively welcomed the first edition of "Il chiacchierino è una cosa seria". Currently, the first edition is no longer available, because it has been replaced by a second edition. 

"Il chiacchierino è una cosa seria Second edition” – Amazon link:

I am so happy for having had the opportunity to release a new version of the book! The content of the first edition is still there, with minimal corrections (basically misprints), and then there are some pages more, with an appendix in which I describe a new variant of the treble tatting stitch and one unpublished pattern for a small pendant. It’s - again - a version only in Italian.

Writing the book, my first goal was to talk to Italian lacemakers. We hadn't any book containing the history of tatting from an Italian point of view, neither we have the translation of great English books containing historical information about tatting in the world. For example, unfortunately it has never been translated into Italian the Elgiva Nicholls' book: Tatting Techniques & History, nor the Rebecca Jones’: “The Complete Book of Tatting”, and so many others really valuable books. Well, I tried to do my best: I beg your pardon for any inaccuracies, and I can only assure you that I keep on studying.

As a blogger, I chose the English language, hence most of my blog's content is not easy to be read by Italian tatters. Everything here is free, I shared with you almost all the content of the book. The treble tatting stitch is explained here in detail (and it has been blogged by Muskaan too - better than me – she has a talent in teaching!), but it is all in English. Also, other tatters shared videos, like for example Karen Cabrera, but those are in English too.
I hope that my book will help Italian tatters to reproduce the treble tatting stitch and – knowing their creativity – they will be able to design beautiful and never-seen-before tatting patterns. I also learned a lot (and I’m still learning) about how to teach “modern” tatting in Italian.

… And I’ve still a lot to learn about how to present the book --- I’m a shy person and I'm not at ease talking in public. Don’t ask me what I said during the last launch of the book: my mind went foggy!!!

Dear English readers, for an English edition, sorry I kindly ask you to be patient. I’m honoured to have talented friends who are working on it. There aren't words to express my feelings for being so blessed to have amazing friends who are willing to help me.

For a brief presentation of the book’s contents, read also the following post: 

I also take the opportunity of this post to show you the Swirling Butterflies doily beautifully tatted by Reiko Akamatsu:


Saturday 22 October 2022

treble happyness!

Treble tatting is now part of a published book! 

At the moment it is only in Italian, and available on Amazon:


UPDATE 30th April 2023 -

Currently, the first edition is no longer available, because it has been replaced by a second edition.

"Il chiacchierino è una cosa seria Second edition” – Amazon link:


I think the title can be translated like this: "Tatting is a serious matter". That is funny but there's a good reason, because I found an Italian book, from 1941, where tatting is described by this phrase: "they say that is not a serious thing" - I wrote about it in the introduction of the book and also in an old blog post of mine ( 

There are three chapters: the first covers the history of tatting, mainly from an Italian viewpoint. There are many contradictions and stereotypes about tatting, often confused (by non-tatters) with bottonhole stitch or with the "Fiandra a tre paia" bobbin lace. Some people cannot accept needle tatting. Also, just because we usually say that tatting has only 2 stitches, someone thinks that tatting is meagre. Sometimes it is not even classified as Lace! Alessandra Caputo writes in her foreword: "..., if on one hand needle and bobbin lace are indicated as laces with a capital L, on the other hand there are a whole series of laceworks considered "minor", sometimes with a history not less long and prestigious, which from a technical point of view are undoubtedly self-supporting and therefore can be rightly defined as lace." Phew! Thanks Alessandra!! 😊

In the second chapter there is the treble tatting. I improved my drawings for showing how to tat the treble stitch - and there are links to my videos, easily accessible thanks to qrcodes; I've used a free QR Code Generator:

The third chapter contains detailed instructions, pictures and diagrams for the Swirling Butterflies doily pattern. Maybe, some of you remember that I've shared here in my blog the first 3 rounds, and few people had tatted it. For example:

Jane McLellan (;

Muskaan (

You can find my old blogposts about this doily, all posts with label: swirling butterflies 

This beauty is a gift for a good friend! Many thanks to Alessandra Caputo ( to help make this book a reality.

And many thanks to Muskaan (for her foreword, and for the many tips and improvements, beyond my requests) and Paola Bevilacqua (, who both were so nice to test the doily pattern.

I've sent a gratitude gift to Muskaan and Paola, too! Muskaan was so nice to blog about hers:

The next is a third version of the doily, that I've already given away to a close friend of mine.


UPDATE: This is a very short video showing the content of the first edition of the book, previously shared in Facebook: 

Thursday 25 August 2022

where tatting is still art

I've been absent from the blogsphere for many months now and sorry I'm still at large. If it weren’t for Endrucks this blog would have been silent. Instead, I've been very active on Facebook. During the years, on Facebook I’ve met many lovely tatters, virtual faces that sometimes have become real acquaintances and we've even met in real life. Not yet with one of them: I still haven't had the pleasure to meet Anna Tedesco in person, but I really would like to. 

A long necklace with single shuttle split rings, tatted by Anna in 2020.

All the pictures in this blogpost have been poached off her page by me, I confess my crime. But Muskaan and I wanted to give her a surprise, with this post, to express our gratitude for her constant help in the Endrucks 1920 Project. Anna, I hope you’ll forgive us for not asking your permission in advance.

In fact, inspite of not being among the “official” list of volunteers for the patterns, she worked behind the scene enthusiastically and promptly helping us on many occasions. She was also the one to coin the terms "Endrucks' children and grandchildren" for derivative patterns and derivatives of derivatives, when she made these bracelets!

Anna’s bracelets inspired by Paola Bevilacqua’s brooch, derived from Endrucks’ pattern n.18a (pic already shared by Muskaan in one of her blogposts)

Anna is an expert and excellent long-standing tatter. She collaborates as admin in the Italian group “Chiacchierino: filo, amore e fantasia” and leads her own page and group, both named "Tatting art". I've been following her personal profile too, where she usually posts great pictures of her region. She lives a little far from me, in Calabria, that is known for the many natural and art sites (seaside, parks, archeological sites, museums). Also, she likes flowers and cats, and these are often the main stars of her personal posts.

This pattern is from the 4th issue of “Mani di Fata” (1973). I couldn’t find when Anna tatted this piece of art, she writes “many years ago”.

This is her fb page: “Tatting art”
And this is the group linked to her page:

bracelet and necklace with interlocking split rings, tatted by Anna in early 2022.

It was very difficult to choose pics from her vast repertoire. Hence I encourage you to visit her page, where there is all her Art of Tatting: from old doilies to the latest earring. Anna, just like me and many other tatters, has started learning new techniques since the internet era. She usually says that she cannot design, that she needs patterns. But I think that she has put her personal touch everywhere, making each model unique. And she is a very prolific, highly appreciated tatted jewellery maker!

Hearts tatted by Anna in 2021.

I remember when she tatted the n.28 doily, actually many of them! Because for Anna one is not enough! When she finds a pattern or a subject that she likes, she can’t stop herself with merely 2 or 3 models!

And these are some of her Endrucks’ models!

She was my right-hand for the Italian translation for Endrucks' Preface. I trust her plain and dry style (reflection of her real-life job as an engineer). She is also very pragmatic and I remember that her help was decisive for setting the slant of the translation.
This is the direct link to the Italian Eleonore Endrucks’ Preface and Tips, based on the English translation done by Simone Beyer:

In 2019 she volunteered teaching her art to 2 dozen people: then she shared beautiful and promising pictures of her crowded tatting class: we started to call her "our Italian Tatyana"! (from the Russian master designer/tatter Tatyana Buyvolova who frequently shares photos of tatting by her young students on FB). In 2021 she repeated the experience and we wish her to come back to teaching soon!!

I have already introduced Anna in my blog, here:
And Muskaan wrote about Anna’s work related to Endrucks at least in 2 blogposts:


You know where to find all the patterns (they keep growing!) from Frau Endrucks and our Endrucks 1920 Project -

With many thanks,
Ninetta and Muskaan


Monday 20 June 2022


Many things can happen in two years. The Endrucks Project “ate” almost all my tatting time, but despite all the work I still love this project! A lot of tatters walked the same path and Muskaan and I have shared the beautiful story of many of them (you can find all posts listed in the section “Meet the Tatters” in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document): some are well known people in “Tatternet” and others not quite known outside of FB and today we present both who also happen to be former nurses!

Wally Esther Sosa is among the first group. She is a very well known talented tatter and designer, also known as NeedleDreams, a nickname she has long used for her site and her online shop.
She started working on the Endrucks book when it was first put online, in the Online Tatting Class. The previous pic is her “Victorian Lace” bracelet. That motif is derived from pattern n.10 and it was tatted in 2012. Then she promised earrings and choker/headband too, but life is unpredictable, and the years flew past…
When we started the Project in 2020 she immediately offered her generous help, committing herself to tat and share the patterns n.10 and n.5.

Samples and draft pdfs arrived, we had published them as they were at the time, but lately I found the right time to edit them again to add diagrams and detailed text to her stepwise pictures. Now there are new links for these two patterns:

-    PATTERN # 5 - Wally Sosa, Ninetta Caruso, Cynthia Dooley 
(This new file also includes needle tatting notes with stepwise pictures, by Cynthia Dooley)

-    PATTERN # 10 - Wally Sosa and Ninetta Caruso  -

If you want an overview of Wally’s tatting, she created a board in Pinterest, where there is a collection of tons of her tatting items:
Prolific designer, she has published many tatting books, covering diverse techniques, embellishments, applications, and skill levels.
Annually, since 2000, Wally has been sharing a birthday motif with The Online Tatting Class, founded by Georgia Seitz. Her last book “A Party of Tatting Designs” contains snowflakes, ice drops and motifs many of which have been designed for celebrating her birthdays.
Wally’s talents are not limited to tatting. She also learned – and sells – works in Tenerife Lace and Amigurimi crochet.
Some years ago, I think it was in 2019, she shared a lovely unique tatting effect, the “Polka Dot”, I have stolen the next picture from her facebook timeline, I hope she will forgive me, that is her Polka Dots with Rolled Picots:

She calls herself "Lupus Warrior": the disease makes her life really unpredictable being a show-stopper at times. But the Dreamer never gives up on dreams. Her strength and creativity insipire me. Staying positive and creating when you don’t feel well is not easy, that is something I experienced only for a short period in my life, hence I admire her good attitude.

“What I truly admire about Wally is her undying curiousity to learn and apply anything new that comes up in tatting. For instance using the Dora Young Knot filigree petals of this cute blue and white Ice Drop. Her thirst is infectious. Her penchant for coming up with fun patterns is inspiring. She was the one who coined the term ‘hybrid tatting’ for the use of both shuttle and needle in a same pattern/technique, and her combination of her Rolled Picot with my Intruding Picot – she called it Rolled Intruding Picot - in a flower motif is among the best so far.” - muskaan


Cynthia Dooley is among the very few needle tatters we have in our group. So when she picked pattern n.5 to needle-tat, we approached her to share her notes alongside. She willingly and enthusiatically sent in stepwise pictures of the edging, which she worked as per Wally’s pathway. The edging colourway is so cheerful and this is what she says: “Pattern #5 upside down it's an Easter basket with 2 eggs in it, then imagine all the other goods. I still have to sew it on my flour towel. My mom would have called it a "T" Towel. “

Life has proved unpredictable for Cynthia too. She graciously shared with us a little about herself: 

“My name is Cynthia Dooley a (disabled 2017) rehabilitation nurse (worked 34 years) was very difficult for me to share in the beginning. A long road of recovery.

I had a passion for tatting but never learned until 2017 - self taught through books and  YouTube. Struggled at first and all I can say is practice, practice, practice until things start to click.
I found FB groups "Beginners group", “Tatted Buttons” and “Ice Drop Addicts”. I learned even more from the posts and questions. I started with edgings attached to hankies/flour towels.
The groups referenced Muskaan. So I started reading blogs and  patterns.
Then I was invited to the Endrucks 1920 Project. I loved pattern #5 since it reminded me of an Easter basket upside down. Tatting has given me happiness,  friendship,  and a gift of giving.  Rarely do I keep a piece that I make with my heart & hands. I have cherished the comments and instruction others have given me; surely has helped me along my journey of tatting.”

Cynthia shares some of her tatted pieces with us:

She loves antique patterns made modern and can spend hours browsing through patterns!

We hope Cynthia works more patterns from our Endrucks’ collection and shares her needle tatting notes with the community.

Muskaan joins me in thanking Wally and Cynthia for their contribution to the Endrucks Project.
Ninetta and Muskaan.


Endrucks 1920 Project is a community project, where patterns from Endrucks’ German book of 1920 were converted to modern-style presentations and pdfs. We welcome you to join our Facebook group “Endrucks 1920 Project” (please read the group’s description and rules before joining: where the fun continues with derivative tatting, new variations, activities, etc. all within the gamut of Endrucks’ patterns.

Using the hashtag #Endrucks1920Project when posting in FB or Instagram, ensures that your pic will show up in a search.

If you enjoy sharing and experimenting, or even test-tatting, the group is waiting for you! All info and links to patterns (original and modern), including model images, are in the Endrucks 1920 Project Document, here: 

There is still a lot to explore and extract, derive and apply and scrolling through this document will give you an idea of the possibilities and beyond.


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.