My quest to learn how to tat lace continues. I have gone from being beyond frustrated again to well maybe I’ll try again, then lather, rinse, repeat. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Determination, practice and patience are the keys to success.
- Determination – I’ve got plenty of that. It’s usually called stubbornness but ultimately it’s the same sentiment.
- Practice – I am the type of person that doesn’t like to practice. When I want to learn something I want to learn it instantly. It does not work that way for learning lots of things – especially tatting lace.
- Patience – (sigh) I can’t do this…… but I have a plan that as long as I am steadfast with my Determination and Practice that I won’t have to worry about being Patient!! 😀
Practice will make perfect – or at least a bracelet someday!
Welcome to Tuesday Tatting Tales
I love alliteration! I also love lists, and themed days. I try to plan my weekly meal plans by assigning different types of food to different days – Sandwich Saturday, Salad Sunday etc.
I’ll be posting Tuesday Tatting Tales to link my love for alliteration, lists and learning.
See what I did there – I know it was kind of weak.
Moving right along – since I first posted about wanting to learn how to Tat Lace I bought a set of tatting shuttles. I had already been trying to learn with a tatting needle. I kept getting all tangled up when I tried to take the loops off the needle. So I was thinking that maybe the shuttle is easier.
For reasons that are beyond my knowledge I simply could not get the hand motions for shuttle tatting right. It didn’t make sense – I just couldn’t do it. So I put the shuttle away.
This morning I decided that I would try again. I watched more videos. Looked at some diagrams. Then I stopped looking at anything and just tried to figure it out.
Success – sort of!! Now I know that this looks like some scraps of string – but to people that know how to tat – these are chains I made while practicing!!
Picots and closed circles will be for next week.
I am perfectly satisfied with this progress. I’m still holding the shuttle very awkwardly and I stabbed myself a LOT with the pointy end of the shuttle – it really hurts! But my goal today was to figure out the hand motions for the first half of the double stitch. The second part of the stitch is pretty straight forward. Then I just wanted to practice making enough chain stitches to start building that muscle memory.
Feeling excessively confident and proud I picked up my tatting needle for another go at controlling those lovely loops when I slide them off.
Success – kind of! Again this pile of circles to the untrained eye looks like something that even a cat might not be interested in playing with. But what I see is closed circles that I took off the needle without a single tangled up mess!!
I’m still probably a few weeks or months away from actually making something that could even be loosely described as tatted lace but I’ll get there.
Determination & Practice and of course a little bit of patience (sigh). 🙂
Thanks for reading!!