Posts from the ‘Tatting’ Category



I learned how to do Josephine rings!

Split Rings

Spent the weekend doing shuttle tatted split rings.


Needle Tatting

I’ve done SHUTTLE tatting off and on for quite a few years now and I enjoy it very much. BUT…. I’ve always had a hard time getting it to look as neat as I would like. Other people look at what I’ve done and they think its “So pretty!” but to me it looks sloppy. I see all kinds of mistakes and no matter how hard I try I just can’t quite seam to get it the way I want it. Yesterday I taught myself how to NEEDLE tat. For me it was easier to learn than the shuttle and the work I did turned out nice and neat. I enjoyed it a lot, but for some reason I find shuttle tatting a little more entertaining than needle tatting. Probably because my hands feel like they are DOING more when I shuttle tat. BUT… Needle tatting doesn’t seam to bother my arthritis as much and that means I will be able to tat more often. 🙂


Here’s a photo of my first NEEDLE tatted project. I should have put something in the photo for size comparison. Sorry about that. It’s about the size of a dime though.

If you are interested in learning how to tat, youtube has some great how to videos.

Tatted Snowflake.

Here’s the picture I promised of the tatted snowflake I made. It’s wonky, but I don’t think it’s too bad for a first attempt.

Is my daughter a tatter?!

Is my daughter a tatter?! Could be! She decided to give shuttle tatting a try last night. So far I’ve taught her how to make a chain and a picot. The verdict is still not out yet, but she seems to be enjoying herself. (I’ve got my fingers crossed)
What got her intrested was when she saw the tatted stars I learned to make. As soon as she saw what I had done, she picked up one of my shuttles, studied it, watched me for a little while, then asked if I would mind showing her how to do it. Of corse since I’ve been trying to get her intrested in some sort of craft for several years now. I was thrilled she even asked. She actualy cought on to what I showed her fairly quick, which is encouraging, because as with most tweens and teens as well as some adults, if something is too chalanging for them, they give up on it quickly. So the fact that she was catching on before she got discouraged has me hopefull. As a matter of fact I’m so hopeful that I’ve already started shopping around on the internet for tatting supplys to give her for Christmas. LOL! I know, I know, I’m not going to start buying stuff already, I’m going to give it about a week, to see if she is still enjoying herself. If she is still doing it after a week, I can be pretty sure it’s something she likes and will most likely continue to do.
Here is a picture of one of the stars I made that got her intrested.

Tatted Valentines

I’m trying to make homemade valentines. One of the ladies on e-tatters designed this really cool heart, that I liked and wanted to make. I thought it would be just perfect to send as valentines.

Problem is I don’t have much experience reading tatting patterns, and this one turned out to be over my head. I haven’t been able to find another heart, but I have found a butterfly the free pattern website. The pattern says it’s for a beginner, and I’ve been having some success with it. My progress is slow, but I am making progress.

So I guess my family will be getting butterfly valentines instead of hearts. It’s not quite as valentine but I think they will like them anyway.