Tatting is a lovely craft with a long history… well, dating back to the early 19th century, anyway. It’s been practiced by queens (quite literally, when Lady Katharine Hoare wrote a popular book of tatting instructions and patterns in 1910, she included work by Marie of Romania) and by random women nobody outside their families ever knew much about. Traditionally, it’s done with a shuttle, as in the above illustration.
But what if you don’t have a shuttle? What if you tried a shuttle and found it awkward but would still like to try the craft? What if you’re just curious about alternative methods? Have I got some YouTube links for you!
This is a tutorial on needle tatting. At the end, you should have a pretty tatted flower motif and plenty of assurance whether tatting by needle is for you. My ear was badly jarred by the instructor’s insistence on pronouncing ‘picot’ as ‘peacott.’ The word is French. The o is long and the t is silent. Still, the instructions were clear and easy to follow, and that’s the important bit.
Here’s a great tutorial on how to finger tat. Yes, I said finger tat. Just take the warning about tatting with ropes at the hardware store to heart, m’kay?
And for you traditionalists out there (and I know you’re out there, because I can see you), here’s the first in a series by Nobones that will give you all the basics to learn tatting with a shuttle.
Alas for my fellow southpaws, I have not been able to find a single left handed tatting tutorial on YouTube. If some hardy tatting soul is reading this right now, I consider this a woeful lack. Once we get the basics we can learn to reroute instructions in our heads, but really, why make it so hard on us? Just a thought.