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.
Original Dover (1994) compilation of patterns originally appearing in various newsletters self-published by the author.
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20-gauge 3-ply thread Butterfly butt butterfly C)5 Butterfly Motifs Figs chain from cen Chain RDS 5-5 complete double stitches corresponding p)5-3 CTM wind directional ring double stitch Fig End off S3 five double stitches Half Daisy hitch pops inner split ring lace large wing)5 lark's head knot last daisy)3-3 last p worked)3 last ring worked)3 last ring)3 last S2 left hand Left large wing Left small wing LHK l0 lock stitch picot previous tatted chain prior ring)5 Pull the shuttle Repeat 2x Repeat once reverse double stitch right large wing Right small wing Ring Border Fig ring is tatted ring of left ring of right ring thread rings total RW Chain RDS RW DR S2 RW Head S2 ring)l second hitch second ring shuttle thread Slip ball thread slip knot Split Ring Border split rings)3-3 technique thread behind previous Wind one shuttle wind two shuttles wing of butterfly wing of last