Saturday, February 18, 2012

I'm All Tatted Up!

Nope, no tattoos here! I'm talking about tatting. I've recently discovered this art and fell completely in love with it. It's an old lace-making technique that uses series of knots. There are two ways to tat: one is with a needle and the other one is with this thing called a shuttle. It's an odd looking instrument indeed, and I'm so intrigued by it. Apparently, many tatters collect antique and hand crafted shuttles.

Tatting!

The shuttle.

I was determined to learn how to tat using a shuttle, so I made it one of my new years resolutions for this year.

I bought my shuttles and did all my research online, looking at tatting forums, websites and how-to videos. Then, I started to put my hands to work by practicing different stitches and made some motifs with patterns I found online.

My first few motifs I tatted. A little sloppy.

I've been practicing a lot since I took the photo of these motifs and I'm getting better each time. I will post the better ones in the future.

People say tatting is hard to learn, but it's really not that bad, thanks to all the youtube videos out there!  I think if you're familiar with other needle crafts like crocheting and knitting, tatting is not too overwhelming. I still had my fair share of frustration and some swearing though :-)

I'm definitely looking forward to exploring more of this art and you will definitely see more tatting posts in the future! Wish me luck!

I hope everyone is doing well with their projects! Happy crafting!

11 comments:

  1. Amy, this is beautiful! You can make a lot of mini tatting. I thought about trying tatting, but I am more in Bobbin Lace, you know. May be one day I will change my mind and start tatting too, who knows. Anyway, congratulations on successful learning tatting, you are doing great! Natalia

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  2. Beautiful Amy, I have to learn it too, I guess. I follow your progress with tatting ;)
    Have a nice weekend, Ilona

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  3. WOW! Beautiful! I love the look of tatting. Thoses are your first ones?

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  4. I had to do the word verification 3 times before I got it right. They are so hard for me to read.

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  5. Piękna i precyzyjna praca. Cudo. Uściski!

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  6. Thanks everyone! Please follow my journey of tatting!

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  7. Beautiful work. I love the butterfly. Cant wait to see more.
    Hugs Maria

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  8. Wow, Looks amazing work!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  9. I have always loved tatting. I think I prefer the look of it to crochet. It's on my list of things to try one of these days. I picked up a shuttle from a thrift shop earlier in the year....maybe after I finish up my crochet project. Your work looks beautiful!

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  10. O this has taken me back in time, I can remember my Gran sat tatting, I also have heard many people say it is difficult to learn. You look like you have conquered it, your work is beautiful, keep it up.
    Hugs
    Debs

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  11. Thank you everyone for the sweet comments! The motifs are my very first tatted pieces so they look pretty sloppy. Good luck to those who have yet to try this awesome craft!

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