Friday, March 28, 2008

A Tatting Blog For Me

Hello, all you fellow tatters out there (and non-tatters as well). I'm starting a blog on one of my favorite hobbies of all time. It's definately my favorite hobby in the textile arts...tatting.

Tatting is a form of handmade lace made popular in the Victorian Era by aristocratic ladies who found the form of lacemaking a flattering way to show off their hands. I think tatting is just a beautiful art form...period. There are certainly a lot of tatting websites out there with tatting pics and instructions. Some people even have their tatted goods for sale. Just Google "tatting" or "tatting shuttle" and a world of fascinating and educational pics, articles and websites awaits.

I first saw tatting when I was 3 years old. I sat in fascination as I watched my older sister wistfully creating the most beautiful pieces of art I had ever seen. I was entranced. The pieces of tatting she made looked like lacy little snowflakes; so delicate and lovely. Thus began a lifelong love of tatting. I learned to tat when I was 14. My mother taught me (Now, THAT is a story all it's own. Perhaps I'll share that another day). When I would mention tatting to my friends I soon found that no one else knew what it was. None of them had even heard of tatting. Now, when you're 14... NOTHING is more important than fitting in. So, I soon became a closet tatter. It was just easier that way. I was so ashamed...I was the only one that knew how to tat in my school. I laugh at that now, how silly, but when you're 14, like I said, nothing is more important than fitting in. This was the 80's and I HAD to look and be "cool" so I endured my secret life of tatting all alone. ...sigh... (puts tongue in cheek, here)

I find tatting to be very therapeutic to say the least. When I'm going through a hardship in life it gets my focus off of things I cannot control and sets my mind on something productive, purposeful, and beautiful. Not to mention it's cheap. All one needs is a tatting shuttle and tatting or crochet thread. A tatting shuttle can range anywhere from $1.99 to $125 or more (for an antique). Most of my tatting shuttles are a brand called "Aero" or a close imitation. These shuttles are plastic with a very small hook that resembles a tiny crochet hook on one end. They run about $4.99 - $5.99 usually. Thread comes in many sizes and colors and usually costs under $5.00. I recommend starting with size 10 crochet thread as it is easier to see the double-stitches and I especially like DMC brand's "Cebelia". There are many colors available. I think DMC is a high quality thread and I like how even the thread is; resulting in a smooth, beautiful finished piece of tatting. There are cheaper brands out there but they are lumpy making it hard to slide the thread against itself to make a double-stitch. I also recommend for beginners to use either an ecru color (off white) or a more colorful thread of your choosing. White gets very dirty very easily and when one is just learning the hands tend to sweat more and the oils from the skin will soil the thread. Ecru or another color hides this a bit more. Speaking of hands...ALWAYS wash them before picking up your tatting shuttle and thread. This a a good habit.

Well, that's all for now, folks. I'm looking forward to sharing more tatting posts with you later.


11 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Melissa said...

Hi Tattingchic, thank you so much! I also wanted to tell you welcome to blogging! The roses I added to the tatting are silk ribbon embroidery, I love to add embroidery to my tatting on my crazy quilt blocks. To get my background for my blog I did research on how to change it and also google searched for background images. It was a lot of work but I wanted to have something different and pretty. I hope you have a fun blogging journey!

Bonnie said...

Hi Tattingchic. Welcome to The Tatted Ring of Bloggers.

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog again to answer you I just google searched how to do stuff but I did find this site is pretty good:
Hope that helps ya!

BJ said...

Hi Tattingchic: Well, I am a 'closet writer' so closet tatting seems okay to me, as long as there is light!
I like your site and find that we share a lot of the same interests. I used to do a lot of hiking in the Sierras with my dog.
Thank you for the compliments you left on my site. I had a fantastic support team during my cancer challenges. That fact and faith sprinkled with a lot of humor got me over the hurdles of life. I had breast cancer first; the Ewing's followed one month after I ended treatment for the BC.
I'm almost 72 now and I really do love tatting. Since you like time-travel, I'd suggest Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
Welcome to Blog World.
Bev in New Mexico

PS If you would like to join a great group of tatters, check out:
Here-Be-Tatters on line.
Also, Ring of Tatters in the UK. Great groups!

TattingChic said...

Thanks Melissa. I'll check it out.

TattingChic said...

Hi BJ,
Thanks for your comment and info on those webgroups. I'll check them out. So, hiking in the Sierra's that sounds totally cool.

TattingChic said...

Bonnie thank you for your welcoming comment. That is so sweet.

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Tattingchic, Welcome to the Tatters Blog! and Thank you for visiting my blog and the nice comments on my butterflies. Same for me, when I first started tatting in 1989, the Workbaskets were about the only patterns I had, then I found Rebecca Jones and a few DMC books. There are so many nice patterns available now, I'll never tat everything I want, not enough time. I'm looking forward to seeing your tatting.

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Carol, for stopping by and for the very nice comment.

Lisa Haws and family said...

Hi tattingchic..... and i have known her since i was 5. she really does tat..... and she really does exist.

TattingChic said...

Hey Liski, fancy seeing you here. Thanks for the comment.