Needle tatting is a simpler form of tatting that uses a needle rather than a shuttle to complete the work. The tatting needle has a blunt end with no point, and a hole in one end (as a sewing needle) that holds the length of your tatting thread.
You proceed to create the knots and ties by using your fingers on one hand and the needle with your other. The knots wrap around the needle until they are pushed off and tied into rings or loop arrangements, and they are tied together to form the lace patterns. With the right instruction, you will soon be on your way to making beautiful lace creations.
Tatting with a needle involves knowing several key stitches. Here are some of the basics:
Double Stitch (DS): The basic stitch used in tatting, which involves creating a double knot. By looping the tatting thread around your finger, first one way and then the other, and picking the loop up on the needle, you create both parts of this stitch.
Chain (CH): A chain of double stitches forms the basis for rings, a basic tatting design.
Picot (P): These tiny loops of thread join together various loops and designs.
Instruction In Needle Tatting
Watching a video demonstration of needle tatting can help teach you the basics of this craft. Besides video sites, many Web sites offer written instruction and illustrations. Here are some examples of a video and a Web site that can help you get started:
Beyond the Web, the library and bookstores carry excellent books on the subject, and many crafting stores or recreation centers may offer a class in tatting.
You may wonder how to make a tatting shuttle once you've caught the tatting bug. Having your own shuttle can make the hobby of tatting even more personal.