I have always been interested in needlework, beginning with embroidery when I was six. I later learned to crochet, then to knit, and then needlepoint captured my interest in the early 1970s. I saw pictures of tatting, but not tatting itself, and never saw anyone tatting; nevertheless, I bought my first tatting shuttle in 1968 and tried to learn to use it. Twenty year later, I learned – finally – to make rings and chains. Another 10 years, and I learned split rings, then began designing. Now – 30+ years after making my first lumpy double stitch – it still fascinates me as no other needlework does (although I still knit and crochet occasionally), and I carry a loaded shuttle with me everywhere!