We were expecting to be part of a group of tatters, but as everyone started pulling out their work we saw Carrickmacross and Romanian lacemaking, Irish crochet lace, weaving and Tunisian crochet, as well as surface embroidery and stumpwork being done. I saw and heard about techniques I'd never come across before, which made for an interesting morning.
So my first attempt at needle tatting goes a little something like this (a butterfly):
And then I got on to creating a border, although I confess this is my second attempt:
There's something of crochet about it, which interests me. But there's a lot of knotting and fiddling with long threads and concentrating on tension too, so we'll see. Whether or not needle tatting ends up being a regular in my arsenal of techniques remains to be seen, but for now I'm simply enjoying learning a new skill, and seeing and hearing of other people's adventures with needles.