Sunday, September 30, 2007

Learning Tatting

Recently, I've picked up a very interesting hobby... Tatting.... Not many people that I know knew how to do tatting.

According to Wikipedia:

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of lark's head (or half-hitch) knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.

Tatting dates to the early 19th century. The term for tatting in most European languages is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature of the textiles produced by this technique.

Read more from WIKIPEDIA

Tatting works with two things: needle & shuttle... The most commonly used is shuttle... Shuttle looks like this:

CIMG3033 tatting

It's amazing that you can make beautiful laces using shuttle .... It's quite difficult to learn... Fingers have to be flexible otherwise, the yarn will be entangled. Been working on it again and again for few hours...



Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I'm glad you've discovered tatting! I am amazed at the beautiful pieces that can be created with such simple supplies. Stopy by and visit sometime!

Jullie Teo said...

Thanks... I have lots to learn...