Tatting can take 3-5+ times the amount of time it takes to crochet something similar in size and design.
Tatting is a knotted lace, whereas crochet and knitting create looped lace. It still shocks me and is a little fun when I pick up my crochet hook and crochet something at the speed of light! But even though shuttle-tatting was difficult to learn and is a slow technique, I truly enjoy the finished look and admire the durability and the firmness of the lace. Continue reading →
The History-tell your man…
One theory is that modern tatted lace originated in the early 19th century from fisherman. The fisherman used the hitch knot (cow-hitch and half-hitch) to make their fishing nets and create decorative netting with intricate designs for the ship. Then they began to make small gifts using the same technique to give to their wives and girlfriends (you know how clever a man in love can be). The women started to embellish their linens and clothing with their own shuttle-tatted lace edgings, collars and cuffs using a finer cord. So shuttle-tatting comes from love. 🙂