I say this because unlike crochet, tatting is very fine, very detailed, very delicate, and quite time consuming…although look at how beautiful a finished product can be!
This must have taken days and days of work! Just look and admire the neat trims of rings, and the teeny-tiny connected picot loops.
Tatting is an ancient form of lace making, originating from Europe, traditionally frequented by upper class ladies due to the enormous time involved.
Tatting consists of very few basic stitches (rings, picots, and chains). Once you master these stitches, it doesn’t take long to be able to look closely at any design and understand how it is done. There are a ton of devoted to tatting and a million patterns on the internet. There are many blogs on how to read patterns too.
What I did:- I’m typically a self-taught crafter. I picked up my mom’s tatting shuttle, and I looked up a few old books which she had. They were literally falling into pieces – and understood to go about the technique - how the picots join into the rings and create fabulous patterns.
I started with this basic edge pattern that I’d seen my mom making a couple of times.
After a few knots and errors, a beautiful trim of rings and connected picots emerged. After that first hurdle, it didn’t take long to make a meter of this pattern, for a handkerchief.
The next thing I tried was this square motif:
My objective, finally, was to join a couple of these (~10) together to make a runner or something.
I found tatting to be a very fulfilling hobby - it is easy to learn (contrary to how you might feel when viewing the incredible complexity of designs that result from tatting projects) and there are a vast array of projects available to the avid tatter. Tatting designs are elegant and useful on many objects - doilies, runners, collars, table covers, handkerchiefs, pillow edgings, and many more.
There’s definitely a lot to be said about craft that can fit in a pocket! I think, sometimes, that if I quit my job today, I’d never be bored because I have so many interests! :)
Basic instructions on using a shuttle, and making rings and picots can be found here.
Go ahead, make the world a beautiful place!