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Mike Lyon is a retired rocket scientist (really!) who now spends his time creating original designs. His tatting journey to this point is somewhat out of the ordinary, a combination of coincidence and heredity. “When I was about 6 years old, my mother – a “sometimes” tatter – gave me one or two lessons on how to hold a shuttle and make a basic ring. Like any 6-year-old boy, tatting was not a primary interest, and so even the thought of tatting lay dormant for some 60 years. In December of 2015, I received a phone call from my niece who said that she had come across one of my mother’s old tatting shuttles and wanted to know if I wanted it. When the shuttle arrived, my curiosity was piqued – could I still remember how to make a ring? The answer was “no”, but with the help of the internet, I was able to recapture the lesson from decades before.” After tatting a dozen or so “conventional” doilies and ditties, he began to design his own. In these past 6 years, he has published “Celtic tatting Designs” in 2011, “Lagniappe” – a 37 inch doily with a unique weaving pattern in 2019 (see the Facebook group “Tatting Lagniappe”), “Circulus Vitae” – a 30” design (facebook group “Circulus Vitae”), “Caroline’s Garden”, “Tatting Tiles” (facebook group “Tatting Tiles”) and most recently “Adagio for Strings” as well as numerous smaller pieces, including his popular “Fleur de Lis” and “Contagion 2020”. He is also the creator of “Mike’s Laws of Tatting – a compendium of lessons learned during his journey. Mike lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, Caroline. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Mike Lyon