There are many websites and blogsites out there that have write-ups on the history of tatting. They are really interesting reads especially a series on Intatters (a tatting forum) about famous people in tatting.
Since there are already many websites and blogsites on this topic, I thought that I’ll just post some of those links here. I’ll add more links when I get permissions from the site owners.
Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatting
Intatters – http://www.intatters.com/content.php?3-History_of_Tatting