I’ve recently read a few blogs about Tatting Lace. I discovered tatting about a year ago and immediately fell in love with the lovely loops that create the very distinct and unique style of this lace.
I watched the tutorial videos, ordered my tatting needles from Amazon, bought some crochet thread. I was ready to cover my entire house with tatted curtains and doilies and anything else that I assumed would be coming off my needle imminently!
It’s one of those crafts that is equal parts easy and very tricky!
The first thing I did was just practice getting my hands and fingers in the right position. Then I just practiced stitching and picoting until my needle was full. Then I took all of the stitches off and did it again, and again, and again until I had built up some muscle memory of the motions and movement involved.
That was the easy part.
I was so impressed with how quickly I learned this glorious technique! I patted myself on the back and visions of miles of lace and hundreds of delicate earrings made my ego soar like a bunch of helium balloons!
Yeah – my tatting needle popped every last one of those balloons and my ego was like the scraps of rubber bits that litter the ground after a party.
My first attempt to do a basic circle joining ended up being a knotted disaster. As did my second, and also my third.
I put the tatting away. What a terrible craft! No wonder it isn’t more popular! What stupid needles so plain and pointy looking! Tatted lace was the dumbest thing I ever saw in my life!! I grabbed my crochet hook and continued to grumble and rant about what a terrible awful UGLY thing tatting is.
I want to try it again.
Tatted lace is beautiful! The creative possibilities are endless! Those loops…..those lovely lovely loops! How could I have ever been so angry at them!
I will try it again.
The repetitive hand motions are so fluid and relaxing. The patterns so intricate, but simple and pure! Those LOVELY LOVELY LOOPS!
I must try it again!
I am going to be a Tattered Phoenix! From the ashes of my previous tatting failure I will rise again and make some earrings or a bracelet. 😀
More examples of my first Tatting endeavors.
I would love to hear from all of you Tatters! I am attacking this craft with a needle. Do you shuttle tat or needle tat? Do you find one method easier than the other?
If anyone is now interested in Tatting Lace here are some videos that I found helpful:
Needle Tatting Videos
A great big thank you Notewords for this link below! Also please check out Notewords Tatting blog – Tatted Threads – gorgeous examples of lace here!
Shuttle Tatting Videos
Thanks for reading!!