|Tatting was often used as an edging for household linens|
|I'm not sure what these little pieces were to become but, with Christmas coming, they remind me of snowflakes!|
I clearly remember my Nan trying to teach me with some fine thread and a shuttle but for some reason I just couldn't get to grips with it and I think it was one of the rare times we both got a little frustrated! I guess you could say it is almost the-craft-that-got-away but I do not give up easily so it has become more of a challenge.... a sort of quest to 'learn & conquer' that I return to every now and then. Having looked through my Nan's work again, I'm not sure I will ever be able to create intricate pieces like this beautiful collar though...
|This must have taken hours and hours and hours of work!|
|I had to zoom in on the edging of the collar to try and show you the neat, teeny-tiny 'picot' loops - and they are in a scalloped, double row formation!|
|This collar is amazingly delicate! I wonder what it was for....|
|(close up view)|
(Close up of gloves detail)
I have to say I almost don't want to show you any of my tatting now because I really am not up to standard but then, we all start somewhere and after I finally got to grips with the basic shuttle technique (hooray!) I made some teeny-tiny picot loops like this...
|At least the picots are all of a similar size...|
...and because when I'm learning something new I can get slightly impatient to just see something finished....I made a pair of simple tat earrings like this
|Not bad for a learner?|
Have you tried tatting - I'd love to hear about it? It is something I am determined to improve on so bear with me and I'll let you know how it goes...