Jane Eborall's got an engaging sense of humor, and she's crazy with a tatting shuttle!

 

Jane has a large collection of patterns and techniques that she, herself has designed, and has SO graciously shared with the world. Some of her patterns include: Snowflakes and Doilies, People, Flowers, a large array of animals, and much more! You can peruse her listings here. Recently, Jane uploaded some patterns by the late Gina Brummett, and she also has links to other blogs, patterns, and techniques.

You can check her out on Etsy, and if you want to read her writings, check out her blog.

 

I had the opportunity to peek into Jane's witty and encouraging thoughts on tatting...

TC:

You said in your Etsy header, that you've been making tatted lace for over 50 years. Where and when did you learn about tatting?

Jane:

I learned to tat at the same time as my grandma.  She was learning and so she taught me what she'd achieved after each lesson she had.  I was 13 at the time (I'm 70 now!!).  I remembered 'seeing' the flip and showing her what needed to 'happen'!!!

TC:

The 'flip' seems to stump a lot of people. I know it took me months to get it right! So did you always have the designer mentality? Or was it something that came over time?

Jane:

Not sure about the 'designer mentality'!!!  I suppose for 30 years I just made patterns that other people had designed but it was only when I absolutely HAD to make something entirely different (animal earrings!) that I was forced into designing.  I wanted different ones to entertain the four year old children I was teaching.  All the years of 'just tatting' were invaluable in becoming a designer back in the days before the internet.  I still feel that experience is the basis for designing.

TC:

"Experience is the basis for designing." I'm sure that's encouraging to other Tatters - I know I'm encouraged to "try, try again". I tend to draw a blank when I think about designing...

So are you the originator of the TIAS challenges?

Jane:

I am the originator of the TIAS!!!  Nobody else would have come up with such a daft idea!!!

TC:

Ha ha! Actually I see it as a very smart idea, and it appears to be quite popular with many a folk... gives people something to look forward to. Do you plan to continue this challenge?

Jane:

 I hope to continue for many years - always in January to cheer up the winter months in the northern hemisphere!!!

TC:

Neat! And how do you come up with ideas for each challenge?

Jane:

The ideas are hard for the TIAS.  I like to pitch them so that newbies can learn and experienced tatters don't get bored.  I start thinking about what to do soon after the previous year's TIAS is over.  That doesn't mean I start designing it that quickly but a TIAS project is different to a 'normal' one in that it needs a lot more careful planning.

TC:

So here's a fun question for you... If you could liken your personality unto one of your tatted critters, which would it be and why?

Jane:

That's a hard question!!!  Which of the critters?  I think it would be a monkey.  I'm a terrible tease!!!!

TC:

Ha ha! OK, OK. On a slightly more serious note... if you were stranded on an island, what tatting-related item would you want with you, and why?

Jane:

Easy - a shuttle - preferably an Aero bobbin one.  I'd hopefully be able to make a fibre to use out of the island resources.

TC:

Well Jane, before we end out this chat, can you give us your best advice for someone who is learning to tat?

Jane:

Best advice?  Don't rush into it expecting a quick result.  It takes time to learn the flip and to get good tension but once achieved - it's the best hobby you can have.  For very little outlay you've got hours and hours of pleasure ahead of you and lots of great friends to make now that the internet is available.

 
 

Thanks so much, Jane!

It was a pleasure chatting with you.