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Hi there,
does anyone know about tatting?? i want to learn how to this is it
many thanks


Re: tatting
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Hi Angel - Someone over in rec.crafts.textiles.yarn was talking about
tatting a few days ago so you might have better luck over there.  I taught
myself with a book about 20 years ago - but didn't ever do much with it -
its not hard to learn.  Good luck!!!

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Re: tatting
I took a continuing ed class on that a couple of months back, it was
fun. However, I wouldn't call learning anything about needle arts
"easy." Not to say that should put you down easily, but it's like
learning to ride a bike. Hard at first, and you might even get a few
cuts and scratches on the way, but soon it's smooth sailing, and fun
too. If you need help I would either point you to
rec.crafts.textiles.yarn or rec.crafts.textiles.needlework. They'll set
you strait.

Re: tatting

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IMO it is one of the easiest forms of decoratively tangling thread
there is.
It is certainly not messy.
One tool, a bunch of thread, you are ready to go.
Though a teeny crochet hook helps when you get beyond the first ring.

sometimes combines tatting with crochet
The wolf that understands fire has much to eat.

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I've done tatting for years. One of the handiest gadgets I have is a wooden
handled crochet hook, the hook is a fine metal, a hole is drilled through
the top of the wooden handle and has a ribbon through it that I hang around
my neck. Then while tatting, the hook is always handy.

If you do decide to take up tatting the shuttles are like scissors and
sewing machines......not all styles work for all people. The upside of this
is that they are not expensive so you won't have to take out a second
mortgage to replace one that doesn't seem to comfortably work for you.


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There are a couple of types of tatting, shuttle and needle.  Needle tatting
is a lot easier for me than shuttle.  DIY books and the needles are
available.  Some links here:

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Everything I know is posted at

You will notice that the two pages you are most interested in are
blocked from access.  I used to have a theory that since chaining is
easier than making rings, the student should start with chains.  

Then I tried it on an actual student, and discovered that this works
only if the student is already expert at controlling thread with the
left little finger.   So the "how to learn" pages need a drastic
re-write and I haven't gotten around to it yet.  

Most how-to-begin tatting instructions make a great and mystical
stumbling block out of something they call "the flip" or "the click"
or "the transfer" or . . .

All in the world that's meant by this is that you tie a knot by first
weaving the shuttle around a thread held taut by your left hand, then
you PULL THE SHUTTLE THREAD STRAIGHT while slightly relaxing the
tension on the thread in your left hand, so that the ring thread can
wind around the now-straight shuttle thread.  

It sounds very mysterious to tie a knot in the ring thread by
manipulating the shuttle thread, but in practice, it's as
straightforward as untying your shoes by pulling on the ends of the
laces.  Tying knots indirectly allows you to tie them in rapid-fire
quick succession, and it also allows you to tie knots that you can't
even see, so that it's possible to tat much finer lace than you can

For the coarser tatting now in vogue, much use is made of what
Nicholls called "false tatting" -- perhaps "synthetic tatting" would
be a better name; like synthetic ruby, it's an exact duplicate of the
real thing.  In false tatting, you tie knots around the ring thread
with the shuttle thread in a straightforward boy-scout manner
reminiscent of embroidery -- Enthoven's "up-and-down buttonhole
stitch", to be exact.  False tatting is slower than tatting, and
requires better eyes, but short stretches of it make it easy to create
designs that would be difficult or impossible in tatting alone.

False tatting is usually referred to as "split-ring technique" or
"split-chain technique", because it's nearly always used to make a
ring or a chain that ends in the middle.  Nichols used it to produce
dead ends, as in her "bunch of grapes" and "Seven-branched

I think Nicholls would be much gratified to learn that with the advent
of the World Wide Web and common access to e-mail, the false chain is
finally "considered worth development".  

Joy Beeson
http://roughsewing.home.comcast.net/ -- needlework
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