Tatting Mess

The other afternoon, while looking for something not to messy to do (keeping our condo ready for showings is a priority right now), I decided to get out my tatting supplies.

My little collection of tatting supplies.

My little collection of tatting supplies.

I took a shuttle tatting class about fifteen years ago at my then-LNS Golden Threads in Hamilton, ON. I managed to pick it up okay, but I didn’t practice much because I got busy with school, etc. I tried a few times afterwards, both needle and shuttle tatting, but it has never worked right for me.

Shuttle tatting?

Shuttle tatting?

That’s my result after watching a couple of lessons of Craftsy’s Shuttle Tatting class. I just can’t manage the flip. Ugh.

Needle tatted rings, I think...

Needle tatted rings, I think…

Then I got out my tatting needle and managed to accomplish the above. They are supposed to be a rings. At least I managed to make double stitches and picots! I found a series of tatting videos by RustiKati on YouTube, and they are fabulous and they got me that far. I still have many more to watch, so I will get better. (I hope.) I’m still not 100% sure that tatting is my thing (see “rings” above), but it sure is making much more sense to me now. One day, I’d love to be able to make something like this.

Old shuttle tatting

Old shuttle tatting

There is some hope. I found the bits and pieces above in the bottom of my tatting bag. Clearly, at some point I had some idea about what I was doing.

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10 Responses to Tatting Mess

  1. Thoeria says:

    Never tried tatting really….hmmmm……..I like what I see….will have to have a peak at those links you’ve posted to the vids 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Darlene says:

    You will get the hang of it again. I have done needle tatting and found it a whole lot easier than the shuttle.

    Keep practicing and I know you will get it.

  3. Clyde says:

    Hi, I am a tatter and there are a lot of places to go to help you learn tatting. I would suggest that you try the online beginners tatting class which can be found here http://www.georgiaseitz.com/newtat/index.htm
    Good luck on your tatting adventures.

  4. Kim McCool says:

    I tried tatting and found I was grossly uncoordinated. Yours looks so nice!!

  5. Gwen says:

    Learning something new takes time don’t up. Tatting is portable and fun. It looks like you are using sometime of yarn. You will most likely get better results if you change your thread. Use a tightly twisted thread, like crochet thread. Some good brands are Lizbeth, DMC Cebelia or Cordonnet, Opera. Keep trying you will get it.

  6. Carole says:

    You’ve got the basics down, Fringe Element Tatters has a Toronto drop-in 4th Saturday each month at the Longbranch Library in Etobicoke (except Sept) Check us out, drop in details are under Tat Day heading. You will find all the help you need.


  7. Jan says:

    I tried shuttle tatting once and found I could do the simpler stitches but wasn’t really interested. So my grandmother taught me crocheting instead, which I picked up very quickly. Kudos to you for giving tatting another try. 😀

  8. Annie says:

    I’ve tried tatting too without much success. i guess it takes a lot of practice. Plus I think it’s especially hard to weave in the ends. I guess I’m doing it wrong.

    You are making progress though. It just takes time and stick-to-itive-ness I imagine. The internet is so great with all those videos. Maybe I should take another look! And I hope to see more from you too!

  9. wendy says:

    I bought that Craftsy class but have been too scared to try it. I’ve never done any tatting so now I’m a bit worried I won’t be able to do it.

  10. Susan says:

    I have tatting needles but have never used them. I honestly can’t remember why I picked them up, but I should probably pull them out and figure it out as I love the look of tatting.