The Art of Tatting

Tatting is an artisan textile technique that demands at once precision and creativity: it is a series of knots and loops that make an incredible, durable and decorative lace, and once you have mastered the basics, there is no limit to what you can do. Due to its wide adaptability, tatting lends itself to be applied to multiple creations and objects: doilies, collars, veils, trousseau, curtains, and other decorative and fantasy pieces.
The surprising and complex motifs of tatting are generally constructed with a very fine twisted cotton thread, resistant and able to easily slide because during working each knot must be stopped with a strong tightening. Shuttle tattings are the main tool to carry out tatting works. Oval shaped and about 6,4 centimeters in diameter, at the ends the two sides of the shuttle lightly touch each other in order to prevent the thread from losing its position. Shuttles can be of various materials; originally they were mainly in wood and iron, and later they were made of bone. Today, however, the shuttles are mainly available in plastic, a light material that best suits the production technique. As a substitute for the a shuttle, a tatting needle may also be used.
The art of tatting dates to the 19th century, mostly likely originating in France. Rarely used in industry, the craft is rare and is principally a meditative leisure activity with proven stress-relieving capabilities.