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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The complex art of Tatting is simple routine for expert practitioners

Tatting, or Frivolite, which probably originated in the early nineteenth century, is a method of creating remarkably durable yet delicate, airy and beautiful lace, and can also be used to create other ornaments, doilies, bookmarks, coasters, edging etc. The work is created using knots and loops, which form the basics of all designs – rings, and chains that join them. Picots are used for decorative effect, and they are made up of gaps in between stitches.
Beads and ribbons are added often to tatted work.

There are mainly two methods to tat: the shuttle method and the needle method.
In the shuttle method, a tatting shuttle made of plastic, wood, bone etc. is used to hold wound up thread in a bobbin, and to aid its movement through loops to form knots. Some shuttles have a pointed end, and some come with a tiny hook, much like a crochet hook, attached to them, which is used to join rings together. It is interesting to note that there are many people who collect antique or unusual shuttles for their different shapes and materials.

In needle tatting, a tatting needle is used to create designs. This type of tatting is slightly looser than shuttle tatting, because the needle, in addition to the thread, has also to pass through the loops.

Before technology advanced and lace became inexpensive, tatting was rather popular, and was used to add pretty, feminine details to other articles of dress or show. However, tatting can be a little tricky to learn and also a rather tedious process, and seems, unfortunately, to be on the decline.

Many internet websites and groups, however, are dedicated to keeping this craft alive. Tutorials and patterns are easily available on the internet, and there is a market for tatted lace on online shops that sell handmade items.

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