Earlier this year, a dear friend sent me some tatting shuttles. I have to admit that it had been some years, since I had tatted anything.
So I decided to use the summer holiday to brush up on my tatting skills, now tatting is pretty straight forward but if you have doing a lot of crochet it can take a little while to get the movement, and tension right. It’s all down to muscle memory, the more you do something the better you get at it. So don’t start on a big project when learning a new technique, do small try-outs, learn to fix mistakes and don’t get discouraged… your brain is programed to remember movements, so just keep practicing !
If you are thinking about taking up tatting, here are a couple tips:
- - Learn how to attach a new thread.
- - Practice opening closed rings. You will need that skill to fix counting mistakes.
- - Understand how to join the last ring to the first ring, when tatting in the round…. you don’t want a twisted picot.
There are lot’s of useful youtube videos and books, but one of my favorite for absolute beginners is:
Easy tatting by Rozella F. Linden
Now that I’ve practiced a bit, maybe it’s time to take on a larger project ?
|Tatting practice. The red circle is mixed tatting and crochet.|
|My largest project so far. Free pattern here: http://www.lovelytatting.com/home/2016/12/2/snowflakes|
|My little growing collection of tatting books|
PS. The books I recommend are my own preference, I am not sponsored by the publishers nor authors.