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Yes, you are correct! It's a nearly lost art form nowdays, which is a shame because it's so beautiful! My dear grandmother taught me when I was a kid, and I've since forgotten how. But she loved making lace, and could tat though she was nearly blind.
Ooooh, cool--a bone shuttle! I've never done tatting with a needle (let alone a nail)--I learned using Grandma's Bakelite plastic shuttle. :-) I'm with you--I can crochet lace, but I forgot how to tat. I'll re-learn how to do it! It's beautiful!