Tatting instructions for beginners may seem like a daunting task with many steps to learn. The best idea is to take it step by step, learn each part slowly and practice. Soon, you'll be reaping the rewards as you see the beautiful patterns you can create.
Tatting is a method of creating a lace-like pattern with yarn, thread or string. Usually, one uses a shuttle or needle to tat. Here are some basic tips for beginners, including tatting supplies you will need, tatting vocabulary and advice on where you can learn tatting. Beginners, take heart. You will be able to start on beautiful projects in no time.
Basic Tatting Vocabulary
Here are some key tatting terms for the beginner to know, plus abbreviations that may appear as you try out more tatting projects:
Chain (CH): A string of double stitches for linking rings and forming elements of design.
Double Stitch (DS): The basic stitch used in tatting, also called a double knot. It is formed in two halves.
Josephine Knot (JK): A small ring (see Ring) that uses only half of a double stitch (see Double Stitch). A series of Josephine Knots will start to have a twist.
Needle Tatting: Using a blunt-ended needle (one without a point or hook) instead of a shuttle.
Picot (P): Tiny loops of thread for joining pieces of tatting or for decorative effect.
Ring (R): A continuous circle made of double stitches. This is the basic tatting design.
Shuttle: This oblong-shaped device is used to hold thread when you are tatting. One end may have a hook on one end for joining rings together. Some shuttles have a bobbin for holding the thread.
Tatting Thread: The thread that is used for tatting. It could be crochet cotton or fine thread, quilting thread or thread used for sewing or embroidery. Size 20, 30 and 80 are often used.
To learn tatting, many excellent tutorial Web sites have step-by-step instruction and videos to help you learn the basics. Here are a few of them, although your own use of a search engine can help you uncover many more:
Needle tatting is a simpler form of tatting that uses a needle rather than a shuttle to complete the work.
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.