Tatting as we know it evolved from knotting techniques dating back thousands of years. The Pilgrims brought the craft to America and today this beautiful and delicate form of lacework is more popular than ever.
This guide to tatting by a veteran needlecrafter provides explicit, clearly written instructions and over 100 illustrations for making 12 different tatted hearts. To create these lovely patterns, the author has developed two new techniques — "directional tatting," a short-cut tactic involving reverse stitches, and "stacking," a method that gives tatting a three-dimensional look. Also incorporated in the patterns is a variation on the split ring technique perfected in the 1920s by the noted designer Anne Orr. Many of the designs are simple enough for a beginner, while others will catch the interest of even the most experienced of tatters.
Perfect as tabletop accents or as framed works of art, each of these completed, lovely heart-shaped designs is shown in a separate photograph. And as an extra bonus, there's a photo of a mobile utilizing all the patterns.
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20-gauge 3-ply thread butterfly B)3 Butterfly butt Butterfly Motifs Figs butterfly's center flower chain from cen Chain RDS 5–5 complete double stitches corresponding p)5-3 CTM wind directional ring DR S2 inner split ring jto last lark's head knot last daisy)3-3 last p worked)3 last p worked)5-3+(j last ring)3 last S1 Left large wing Left small wing LHK 5+(j LHK3+(j to S2 LHK3+(jto lock stitch picot previous tatted chain Pull the shuttle R3-3+(j to center R3+(j to corresponding R3+(j to last R3+(j to S1 R3+(jto Repeat 2x Repeat once reverse double stitch right large wing Right small wing ring is tatted ring of left ring of right ring thread rings total RW Chain RDS RW DR RW DRS2 RW Head RW SRS1 second hitch shuttle thread Slip ball thread split rings)3-3 SR S1 technique thread behind previous top of S2 Wind one shuttle wind two shuttles wing of butterfly