The theme for week 2 of my learning to tat lace has definitely been practice, practice, and more practice. I still have a long way to go before all the practice makes perfect, but for now I’m happy with Practice Makes Progress!
There is visible improvement and my attitude towards learning to tat has also improved significantly. A few light bulbs went off this week – I’m starting to understand what I’m doing more. This is a huge step when learning anything new – it’s easy (sometimes) to copy what needs to be done. It’s that point when you actually can see why you’re doing something that is critical to someday be proficient at it.
The picture on the left is this week – look how much thread I went through compared to the picture on the right from Week 1. I could have probably crocheted a half a dozen doilies with the thread I threw away this week. 🙂
I continued to be steadfast with my strategy for learning to tat. I practiced at least 10 to 15 minutes a day. Except for today when I created my “Progress Showpieces”. I spent about two hours creating this record of my tatting adventure. I am even more determined now than ever because it’s getting easier. I have even become more patient – I know right!!! It’s amazing how much more patient I can be when things are going like they are supposed to be going.
Shuttle Tatting – Week 2
My goals for this week were to learn how to make closed circles and add some picot stitches. Hooray! Success!! I tried to get a little fancy and make some chains on a couple of these. It didn’t work out so great and I needed to remind myself to stay on track. Picots and circles, that’s it. I’m going to give myself bonus points for not poking myself with the tip of the shuttle as much as last week. 🙂
- My shuttle tatting goal for next week – work on getting picots the same size and learning to make chains.
Needle Tatting – Week 2
Between the two methods I ‘get’ needle tatting more than the shuttle. I have the hand motions to make the stitches down pat. Picots are relatively uniform in size. My goals for this week were to continue to be able to remove the stitches from the needle without getting tangled up. I also wanted to be able to make some connecting chains. Success on both counts!
- My needle tatting goal for next week – continue practicing chains and try to join circles.
I was thinking today about what I was going to say in this post. I hope that anyone that is even slightly interested in learning to tat finds my weekly updates encouraging. It is not my intent at all to discourage anyone from learning a new craft. I know that I may have implied……..okay I very clearly stated, that tatting is VERY frustrating to learn. I want to tone that down a bit. It is tricky but ultimately it is going to be worth every shuttle poke and knotted tangle that I make as I learn this.
If I hadn’t already committed publicly to learning to tat would I bother to continue? YES! Yes I would. Tatted lace is so uniquely beautiful AND it is a craft that is being learned by fewer and fewer people as time goes on. That alone makes me more determined to learn it and to try to lure all of you to the tattered side.
As you may have gathered from the posts I’ve done already – it won’t be easy at first, so don’t expect instant results. Don’t give up!!
For all of you that can tat and make amazing things – I bow before you, tip my hat and dream of the day I can join your ranks and proudly state – Hi, my name is Tami and I am a Tatter!
Thanks for reading!