Taking Up Tatting

It’s not even close to cool enough for my to start thinking about knitting or crochet, but my fingers were itching for a project so I picked up my tatting again!

I had mentioned wanting to learn tatting several times, and last year, my mom picked me up this Learn to Tat book and dvd set.  She had learned from her grandmother but didn’t remember much.  The book and dvd were all I really needed- it was nice seeing it in motion with the dvd- I don’t think I would have understood it otherwise!  I forgot all about learning this last year, then was itching for a little project to keep my hands busy in the evenings, so remembered it again.  I had tried crocheting lace but I admit I like tatting much better- for some reason I “get” it more.

Of course, being me, I went straight from the beginner project to a reprint of an 1868 pattern in Frances Grimble’s Reconstruction Era Fashions book.  We’ll see how far I actually get…

15 Comments on Taking Up Tatting

  1. Heide at Apron History
    August 23, 2012 at 10:58 am (4 years ago)

    How nice! I have tried tatting once or twice, never really got the hang of it. I will have to give it another go. I would much prefer tatting lace to crocheting it too.

  2. Cat
    August 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Found one of these in a collection of buttons my Grandmother-in-law passed on to me, and had no idea what it was. Fascinated now!

  3. Beth
    August 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Cute! I need a busy finger project too – but I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head. But that one looks like it doesnt take much equipment, at least.

    • PepperReed
      August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm (4 years ago)

      LOL!! Ditto… but I think I just got sucked in…

      • Lauren
        August 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm (4 years ago)

        It’s SO portable! So far I can fit it in a little cardboard jewelry box that the shuttle was originally shipped in. And the balls of yarn are pretty small, too, so less bulky than knitting!

  4. PepperReed
    August 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Oooh! I’ve always wanted to learn this. I tend to knit & spin only in the fall/winter, and don’t carry my sewing around with me, so this may be a great ‘busy hands project’. Thanks for the book recommendation; I don’t know anyone who tats lace, so it will be helpful.

    • Lauren
      August 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re welcome! I didn’t know anyone really, either. The book/dvd helped me out a lot. Took a little practice, but not too much, especially since you already knit and know the basics of how to look for stitches, etc.

  5. Janice
    August 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm (4 years ago)

    The tatting lace looks gorgeous! Is it hard to tat? (tatt?)

    • Lauren
      August 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! I actually find it quite easy. At first it was a bit tricky, but I haven’t been doing it very long at all and I feel like I caught on much quicker than with other needlecrafts.

  6. StephC
    August 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Lauren, you’re my kind of Superwoman…! That lace is so gorgeous, I love that you have twitchy evening hands (me too!) and have always wanted to learn to tat. Beautiful..

    • Lauren
      August 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

      LOL! That comment made my day :)
      You should totally try it!

  7. Mimi O
    August 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm (4 years ago)

    How lovely…I have several handkerchiefs that a wonderful lady made for me. Sadly she has passed on and I never learned this needle art. I am thinking this is something I’d like to give a go. Thanks for the book/DVD reference.

    • Lauren
      August 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re welcome! It would be neat if more people took up tatting. It seems like it’s getting forgotten!

  8. Lizzie
    August 24, 2012 at 11:05 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful. Tatting seems to be such a dying craft that it’s good to know that people are still teaching how to do it. The DVD idea is brilliant.

    • Lauren
      August 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re so right! Thank goodness for the book/dvd, so new people can learn (like me!). Love to see technology being used to promote dying arts, like you mentioned :)

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