Discover Tatting: The Magical Art of Crafting Lace
Dive into the World of Tatting Lace!
Ever been mesmerized by the intricate designs of lace and wondered how they come into being? Let me introduce you to the fascinating world of tatting! Previously, I too was under the impression it was about working with lace. But guess what? It’s all about creating those whimsical lace designs!
If you’ve always been enchanted by needlework or crochet, hold onto your hats, because you’re in for a treat with tatting!
What Exactly is Tatting?
Tatting, a craft dating back centuries, is a method of weaving lace by forming a sequence of loops and knots. This captivating technique crafts lace edgings for collars and many other decorative items. The lace design emerges from a combination of rings and chains, all intertwined by a core thread using half-hitch or cow hitch knots. Beyond its decorative charm, tatting has functional applications too!
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A Glimpse into Tatting’s Past
The art of tatting dates back to the 19th Century, deriving its name from the French term “frivolite”, representing a decorative textile line crafted using this technique. Historically, it mimicked point lace patterns, and while some historians trace its roots back to the 17th Century France, under the reign of Louis XV, concrete evidence remains elusive.
As we entered the 20th Century, tatting continued to leave its mark, prominently featured in fashion magazines. However, with technological advancements, machine-made lace became affordable, overshadowing handmade lace’s unique charm. But thanks to online communities like eTatters and TatChat in the 90s, tatting witnessed a remarkable resurgence!
Diving Deeper: Techniques and Tools of Tatting
Shuttle Tatting: Among the oldest methods, it involves using a shuttle (an elegant tool available in varied shapes and materials) to guide a wound thread through loops, creating the necessary knots.
Needle Tatting: This method revolves around two techniques. One employs a double thread that creates designs similar to shuttle tatting but with a denser look, while the other uses a single thread.
Cro-Tatting: A beautiful fusion of crochet and needle tatting. The tools? A tatting needle complemented with a crochet hook on the other end. It might be a tad challenging, but oh-so-rewarding!
For tatting newbies, here’s a quick starter guide: Begin by acquainting yourself with the different threads, like crochet cotton or mercerized cotton. Next, grab yourself some shuttles; modern ones are mostly plastic-made. Get the hang of winding the shuttle, and then, it’s practice time! Remember, the web is full of tutorials and craft stores might have workshops too!
Exploring Different Styles of Tatting
Shuttle Tatting: A technique reminiscent of sailors mending nets, using smaller shuttles and finer threads. While the shuttle brings authenticity, some find it challenging due to its size and grip.
Needle Tatting: A friendlier alternative for many, it involves a needle to form knots. The uniform needle thickness and the absence of a sharp end makes it a favorite among many crafters.
Crochet-Tat: A seamless blend of tatting and crochet, it uses a hybrid tool, part needle and part tiny crochet hook. Crocheters, you’re going to fall head over heels for this!
Ready to Begin Your Tatting Adventure?
Start by exploring various threads ideal for tatting. A popular choice among beginners is the Egyptian Crochet Cotton, especially size 10. Get yourself some tatting shuttles and hooks, and you’re all set! And the best part? The internet is brimming with tutorials, so you can master tatting without leaving your cozy nook!
Craving more info? There are plenty of resources out there, just waiting to be explored. Happy Tatting!
At a Glance: Dive into Tatting!
|What is Tatting?
|A technique to craft lace through loops and knots.
|19th Century, possibly earlier.
|Shuttle Tatting, Needle Tatting, Cro-Tatting.
|Crochet cotton threads, shuttles, hooks.
|Online tutorials, books, craft store workshops.