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Stonington
06-08-2006, 03:20 PM
Has anyone tried tatting? :thinking: Difficult? Could you recommend some websites on the craft?

Thanks so much! :cheering:

anne
sebago me

mulene
06-08-2006, 07:55 PM
never tried it but yeah its something I've wondered about too - need to get my crochet on the go though first ;)

knitaddict
06-08-2006, 08:52 PM
I opened this thinking that you'd typed "Tattooing" and I was gonna' tell you all about the tattoo I have just finished designing for myself. Guess that would be REALLY off topic. :roflhard: :roflhard:

I've never tried tatting. In fact, I don't really know much about it. I think I'm going to go do a google on it. :)

Sara
06-08-2006, 08:55 PM
There is a very good book. The name of which I cannot for the life of me recall. "Needle Tatting" is in the title. I can get you the rest of it when my LYS opens up again next week. :doh:

It's not hard. The husband half of the LYS couple taught himself to tat with this book. I'll keep thinking about it.

Jan in CA
06-08-2006, 08:56 PM
I have a friend who used to tat...I wonder if she knows of a website. I'll ask her.......

newamy
06-08-2006, 08:57 PM
I don't know how to tat. I searched the subject on line a while back and found a few good sites. It's done on a tiny shuttle with fine thread. I had ancestresses that tatted. I think my mom still has some pillow cases with hand tatted lace edging ont them. A client showed me some tatted christmas ornaments made by a relative of hers that has died, they were framed and lovely. It's quite a talent. If you learn how keep us posted.

IndianPrincessSIP
06-08-2006, 11:15 PM
I was just thinking about tatting the other day. I read a hint that you could use the plastic closures on potato bags for shuttles. :D
I've never tatted but I think it would be interesting to know how. It would be great to make collars, fringe, and what not for knitting projects.

I just googled these sites for you.

http://www.geocities.com/tatrasutra/how2tat.html

http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/6777.asp

Jan in CA
06-08-2006, 11:59 PM
I got a message back from my friend! She gave me these two links!

Tattered (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/5082/)
Tatting (http://www.craftsitedirectory.com/tatting/index.html)

NinaT
06-09-2006, 01:13 AM
I love to tat!! I borrowed a great tape from the library (Victorian Productions was the series) and this sweet old lady showed how to do it step-by-step. You can find the shuttles at Michael's and Joann's. Dover has a whole series of pattern books.

humblestumble
06-09-2006, 03:39 AM
Wow thats so pretty! I always thought it might be a way of crocheting, but i was so wrong! It reminds me somewhat of hemp knotting, but not as easy. Looks like something worth getting into.

Stonington
06-09-2006, 08:10 AM
knitaddict, " opened this thinking that you'd typed "Tattooing" and I was gonna' tell you all about the tattoo I have just finished designing for myself. Guess that would be REALLY off topic. "

lol.. please feel free to share your tattoo! I have one on my ankle and always love to see other folk's :D

Jan! Thank you for those sites--fantastic.

Nina, I may be asking for some help in the future if you don't mind. We just moved to a new town and I can not find a library that is open when I am not working lol. Am going to visit the next town up from us when I leave work. Will see if they have any dvd's or videos on the subject.

IndianPrincessSIP,
http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/6777.asp is a great site as well.. a ton of information!

Thank you to all that answered my quest! :heart: Will let you know how it goes. :sunny:

anne
sebago, ME

Shandeh
06-09-2006, 10:28 AM
I have a friend that I made online who started a group for tatters on Flickr!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/69406702@N00/

craftymom
06-09-2006, 10:53 AM
I have a book that I got from Hobby Lobby called "Learn Needle Tatting Step-by-Step" by Barbara Foster. It's really easy to needle tat. I couldn't get the hang of the shuttle but the needle is great. The end result looks the same.

Stonington
06-09-2006, 11:04 AM
I have a friend that I made online who started a group for tatters on Flickr!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/69406702@N00/

Thanks for the link... :cheering: you have some beautiful items on this site! :heart:

anne
sebago, ME

Stonington
06-09-2006, 11:07 AM
I have a book that I got from Hobby Lobby called "Learn Needle Tatting Step-by-Step" by Barbara Foster. It's really easy to needle tat. I couldn't get the hang of the shuttle but the needle is great. The end result looks the same.

I am going into Craft Mania on my way home from work today.. for a set of double pointed needles.. I will see if they have that book or maybe something similar.. thanks! :D

anne
sebago, ME

NinaT
06-09-2006, 11:12 AM
I was going to mention that there are two different kinds of tatting. One uses a shuttle (http://www.joann.com/search/search_results.jhtml;$sessionid$X5TUK5YAAENYUP4SY5 LRJAR50LD3UEPO?CATID=3&keywords=tatting+shuttle&_requestid=290388) and the other uses long needles (http://www.joann.com/search/search_results.jhtml;$sessionid$X5TUK5YAAENYUP4SY5 LRJAR50LD3UEPO?CATID=3&keywords=needle+tatting&_requestid=290659). I just wanted you to know so when you search for instructions and patterns that you get what you want. I would be happy to help PM me!

craftymom
06-09-2006, 11:16 AM
Stonington, the needle that you tat with is a long needle about the size a DPN with an eye and a blunt tip. The book I have came with one which was very handy. The needles come in different sizes depending on the size thread you use. My book says to start with a size #5-0 or larger needle and crochet thread size 20 or 10.

ETA: The needle is about the length of a DPN but a lot thinner.

Ilikesoup
06-09-2006, 11:20 AM
I opened this thinking that you'd typed "Tattooing"

Me too!! I wanted to see what kind of "tats" everyone had.

I've always wanted one, but, I freak out about needles. Can't think why I took up a craft that needs them! :D

Pink Dandelion
06-10-2006, 04:12 AM
I'm all set up to learn - a friend gave me a shuttle, thread, and a big book on it as a present, and I just haven't gotten around to trying it! I want to learn, I don't really know why I haven't yet :thinking: , except that I move so fast from knitting project to knitting project I always forget to stop and try to learn tatting!
Tatting's so pretty - I'd love to see any finished item's ya'll do!

Stonington
06-12-2006, 09:47 AM
Well I guess I will have to put tatting in future projects. DD just let me know I am going to be a grandmother again! She also spied my Lucy bag in process.. oh mum.. I LOVE that! hehehe. Thanks for all the information I will reference it again soon I hope!

anne
sebago, ME

misstialouise
06-12-2006, 04:30 PM
I'm a tatter!

The best book is by Rebecca Jones, which is called "The Complete Book of Tatting". Great pictorial instructions, and some cute beginner patterns.

I would suggest shuttle tatting over needle tatting (I found it much easier, plus it gives you a tighter finish).

I am happy to answer any questions on tatting.. email is tia@thisismywww.com

:D

Mienna
06-13-2006, 12:00 AM
I've been tatting for a few years now, and I found that the DMC Book of Charted Tatting Designs had some very simple instructions in it. I learned to do needle tatting first and can't say I care for it at all now that I use a tatting shuttle. I found a couple good books at A.C. Moore, and they carry a few different shuttles too, but most of the books I found were on amazon.com. I still haven't found many great sites for tatting, but I also haven't looked in a while. Got kind of caught up in knitting. :XX:

humblestumble
06-13-2006, 12:45 AM
ooh, ooh! I wanna learn... i said that before, but now I have a question. Is Tatting the same thing as netting? like for making cauls or snoods? I read that you can make hammocks and basketball hoops with netting, but is it the same as tatting? I found this on tatting

http://www.tat-man.net/knottinginstruct.html

and this on netting

http://knotsindeed.com/learn.html

Mienna
06-13-2006, 12:52 AM
I'm not sure whether they're different or not. But I can't imagine trying to make a hammock with tatting. :lol: I'll have to see what netting is, looks neat.

humblestumble
06-13-2006, 12:59 AM
lol ya, i think they are different. I think both links i posted were of netting, or knotting. Tatting and netting might go hand in hand in some instances. I like the sound of both either way.

misstialouise
06-13-2006, 01:04 AM
DEFINITELY different techniques..

I wouldn't want to tat a hammock... :S would take forever...

Kaytayqt
06-13-2006, 10:03 AM
Hey Folks- My friend Sandy referred me to this site! I'm the administrator for the flickr page for tatting. I've been tatting for 10+ years now and can help with any questions. anyone who has tatted can tell you it's difficult to learn but once you know how, it's SO easy. One of the gals in our group actually makes crazy quilts and uses the tatting as appliques (spelling?) on her quilt squares. I'm hoping this dying art makes a comeback. I own lots of books but I still mourn Workbasket magazine. I had the best tatting, crochet & knit information! Feel free to email me @ kaytayqt@yahoo.com with questions.

Needle tatting is ok but shuttles are the traditional way. I've tried needle tatting & it wasn't for me.

netting & tatting are pretty different if you ask me. I'm sure there is more than one knot in netting but in tatting, it's a 2 part knot you repeat over & over.

Kudos to carolina red for my recomendation!

Stonington
06-13-2006, 10:48 AM
Wow! :cheering: This has generated so many more answers than I anticipated! Thank you all so much! Kaytayqt--I visited your site-beautiful tatting.
misstialouise- I will look for "The Complete Book of Tatting". Maybe Amazon has it. (a dangerous site for me lol). Hope you and the baby are doing well today :heart:

anne
sebago, ME

mulene
06-13-2006, 10:53 AM
Hello Kaytayqt and welcome! Thanks for the information - I'd really really like to try tatting too. My cousin does beading and she met a man on holiday in Spain who was doing tatting, she said it was fascinating.

I'm going to try to find a class in London in the autumn for it.

Shandeh
06-19-2006, 12:42 PM
Hey Folks- My friend Sandy referred me to this site! Kudos to carolina red for my recomendation!

Hey Kaytay! :waving:

Be sure to check out the other posting in this forum. I have learned SO MUCH in here. The knitting videos are great, and the people in here are so awesome and encouraging.
:thumbsup: