A New Era of Tatting

Tatting is making a comeback—a BIG one. It’s intricate, beautiful, and meditative, and many of today’s tatters are demonstrating its surprising versatility.

When I was in high school, I discovered an engraved silver tatting shuttle in a jewelry box I had inherited from my great aunt. This was at the beginning of my crafting days when I was devouring tutorials for every technique in sight, and I excitedly ordered a daunting black-and-white tatting book that was definitely not suited for the complete beginner. Being self-taught in everything else, I thought that I was up for the challenge, but it just would not click! My fingers fumbled with the shuttle and the most basic directions were impossible to decipher. Because of my failed experience, I was convinced that tatting was just too difficult and didn’t look back. 

A Handkerchief Edging to Tat by Trish Faubion, from the September/October 2003 issue of PieceWork. Photo by Joe Coca.

Perusing Interweave’s New Tatting: Modern Lace Motifs and Projects by Tomoko Morimoto, I find myself wanting to give tatting another try! The book caters to the brand-new novice as well as seasoned tatters, with beautiful patterns including bookmarks, a chic toiletry pouch, and a delicate Cherry Blossom Shawl. The clear photographs and illustrations inspire confidence, and each technique is illustrated using alternating thread colors to avoid confusion.

If you’re ready to give tatting a shot, or looking for a fresh take on tatting patterns, look no further than our new kit. You’ll receive a copy of New Tatting and all of the materials you’ll need to create a sweet handkerchief with a tatted edging from the September/October 2003 issue of PieceWork. Get yours today and keep this centuries-old technique alive!

Happy tatting,