Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tatting for the Dresses

Y'all know I started my own Etsy site for the smocking. What I'm attempting is to find a decent source for tatting. I love a tatted trim for a smocked dress! It's just too precious for words.

What I'd like to do, ideally, is to tat my own trim. So today's post is quite self-serving. A shuttle tatting video. You may go away now and let me enjoy my tatting video in peace. Yes. You. Go. Now. Shoo! Or grab your shuttle and light crochet thread and join me. Up to you.



Until I write again ...

Flea

13 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I have been trying to learn how to knit for 40 years. You are on your own here;)

asthmagirl said...

I'm quite good with the crochet hook and thread. I've considered tatting but don't yet have the time to take it up.

Daryl said...

Knitting I do, tatting/crocheting not at all .. I leave that to those who dont have two left hands

faroutmom said...

Oh, oh! I want to learn how to do that too. I have wanted to forever. My Great-Granny used to do that, but she passed in 01--before I cared about knowing how to do it. Why couldn't I have loved fiber crafting when I was younger? She did it all...knitting, crochet, tatting, needlepoint, quilting, sewing, etc.

Jeannelle said...

My goodness, woman, you TAT, too! I thought it was a lost art. Thanks for posting the video. I'm so ignorant....did not even know a shuttle was used to do tatting. When I was a kid there was an elderly lady at my church who tatted and sold those items at bazaars, but that's all I ever knew about it. Bless your heart, Flea.

TSannie said...

In Switzerland there are tatting stores all over the place. Or maybe they're lace making shops. Whatever, they're fascinating.

The only hand work I ever mastered is needlepoint. Haven't done that in years!

TattingChic said...

Very cool that you are learning to tat. I love tatting. If you'd like you are more than welcome to come visit my blog. It's all about the tatting over there. :)

I look forward to seeing what you do with your tatted trims! :)

Flash Stitcher said...

My SIL tats. The shuttle she uses is over 100 years old. It has ruts from fingers.

I agree that tatting looks beautiful on the hems of smocked dresses.

You are just too good at all of your arts.

Ellyn said...

Ok ok I'm going Jeesh. You didn't have to yell.


But before I go I must tell you my Great Grandmother tatted. I have one of her doilies. It is one of my most prized possessions.

Ok. Now I am gone.

TattingChic said...

Hi Flea!!! Thank you for visiting my blog. To answer your question I first have a question for YOU!!! Do you make your threads "flip" when you make the double stitch? If even one half of a double-stitch doesn't "flip" the whole ring won't close.
You can go to www.intatters.com and join for free and ask this question and get more answers, too! You can meet more tatters as well.

You can also go to www.handyhandstatting.com and order the book "Learn To Tat" by Jannette Baker. It has a free DVD. It's only about 12-15 dollars, too.

Just some thoughts to help you get more resources on tatting. Hope that helps. :)

((Hugs))!! Come and visit my blog anytime! You are always welcome there! :)

Warty Mammal said...

Tatting! Aiiiii! Brain ... exploding ...

Seriously, Dharma has some intricate-looking cotton lace. Don't know if it's up your alley or not, though:

http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3999675-AA.shtml

Debbie said...

Back when I could see, I really enjoyed needlepoint. I can knit, but never finished anything. I have never heard of tatting, but my one question is...do you sleep?

Wow Flea!

sewmuchfun4 said...

I just stumble across your blog googling "tatting for dresses". I am learning to tat as well, beyond your basic bookmark. Like Tatting Chic says, it's all in the flip. I hope you are flipping fine by now - if not, don't give up.

I got back into tatting wanting to make my own trims also. If you check my blog, you won't see much tatting currently (end of school ya know), but I do have a trim that I made for a dress for my toddler. I am very excited about actually using it - just got to clear the deck of a couple projects.

Ann