Anyone remember how I mentioned last winter that I wanted to learn how to tat, in order to be able to produce my own flurry of tatted snowflakes? Well, I’ve had my chance. Two weeks ago an expert tatter who was visiting in my weekly knitting group offered to teach me and another woman, so after the purchase of some basic supplies – a tatting shuttle, ball of tatting thread, and a tiny crochet hook (.75 mm!) are the only really necessary items – I am on my way!
It’s both easier and harder than I thought it would be. Easier, since there is really only one stitch with a small handful of variations to remember; harder, because with tiny thread looping here and there, and getting tangled, and twisting, and knotting when it’s not supposed to, that one stitch can be pretty tricky to keep track of.
My impromptu teacher whipped up a bunch of little samples, and gave us quite a few printed and hand-drawn patterns to get on with:
Do you see her pretty little butterfly, in the middle at the top? It’s a good point of comparison for my first completed tatted item, that rather wonky and lopsided butterfly at the bottom left. I definitely need to learn how to tighten up between one ring and the next….
All in all, I’m quite pleased with this as a new hobby, quite complementary to knitting. It’s much more transportable, since all the projects are very small, and there are no stitches to slip off a needle when stuffed into a bag or pocket. I could slip an entire snowflake project into my jeans pocket and have enough to work on for a whole weekend trip. It’s also a quieter and more unobtrusive activity than knitting, so perhaps better for taking out in public. Hooray for tatting!
I’d forgotten until just now, but I have a photo of myself tatting away at the lesson, courtesy of my fellow student. Me, tatting, or at least pretending to: