What is tatting?

  • (noun): Needlework consisting of handmade lace made by looping and knotting a single thread on a small shuttle.
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Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch, or half-hitch knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.

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Schneeberg, Saxony - Famous People - Famous People Who Have Worked Locally
... Julius Paufler (1834-1901), town councillor, head of the lace tatting model school, royal lace tatting school inspector for Saxony’s municipal lace tatting schools Carl Schumann (1801-18 ...
Tatting - History
... Some believe that tatting may have developed from netting and decorative ropework as sailors and fishers would put together motifs for girlfriends and wives at home ... that show striking similarity with tatting ... Some believe tatting originated over 200 years ago, often citing shuttles seen in eighteenth century paintings of women such as Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz ...

More definitions of "tatting":

  • (noun): Act or process or making tatting or handmade lace.
    Synonyms: lace making