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Monday, March 8, 2010

Shuttle tatting

Tatting with a shuttle is the earliest method of creating tatted lace. A tatting shuttle facilitates tatting by holding a length of wound thread and guiding it through loops to make the requisite knots. It is normally a metal or ivory pointed oval shape less than 3 inches long, but shuttles come in a variety of shapes and materials. Shuttles often have a point or hook on one end to aid in the construction of the lace. Antique shuttles and unique shuttles have become highly sought after by collectors — even those who do not tat.

To make the lace, the tatter wraps the thread around one hand and manipulates the shuttle with the other hand. No tools other than the thread, the hands, and the shuttle are used, though a crochet hook may be necessary if the shuttle does not have a point or hook.


Molly said...

I use to tat quite a bit and found it very relaxing. But since I have come down with MS my hands won't let me do it. But who knows, maybe in a little while longer. Keep it up.

Debbie said...

I love tatting but haven't ever tried it.
Came by from SITS. Hope you are having a great day.

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Julie said...

Hi! I'm new at PEAR. This is really interesting. I just read a book where the main character talks about "tatting" and I really didn't know what it was.


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