Thursday, April 11, 2013

Anyone familiar with tatting?

I'll admit, I'd never heard of tatting until about a month ago, when Barb showed me some things she'd been working on.

Tatting is a process of making stitches composed of half-hitch knots. A single thread is looped and knotted with the aid of a small shuttle, and the results are intricate and beautiful!

Barb had tried tatting 25 years ago, and this winter decided to try it again. I guess the second time's a charm because she's hooked! Here are some of her completed projects:


A doily for one of my Finnish treasures (a large "Iittala Kivi" votive):

A heart doily for her daughter Liz for Valentine's Day: 
And most recently, some beautiful handmade note cards:
Check out the detail on these!
They remind me of a fun project in the Beginner's Guide to Needle Felting that we received recently:
 What other crafts do you like to do besides knitting and crocheting?


Anonymous said...

My grandmother tatted, although we weren't quite sure what that was. We seem to have inherited a number of window shade pulls.

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! I never had any idea how people actually did tatting, but now that I see close pictures & read your description it's similar to tiny macrame. I love macrame! I may have to try this =)

Claudine said...

I love this so much! It brought a huge smile to my face :) My Memere was famous for her tatting ~ you name it, she could make it. We put up 2 Christmas trees every year and one tree is devoted to the tatted ornaments my grandmother made so long ago now. It's a very special lost art.