I've learned the basics of tatting using a Shuttle
I only have the plastic shuttles, but click on that link above and see some images of some beautiful shuttles!
Seeing all those lovely shuttles makes me want to continue to practice tatting that way.
Lately though, I've been reading that "needle tatting" is easier than "shuttle tatting" so I ordered some needles to see for myself, and yes...I think it is somewhat easier.
I don't get nearly as many knots as I do when using a shuttle and having to "flip" the stitch.
This is the "Josephine Chain"
a pretty easy pattern to learn and I love how it looks with hemp fibers.
I think it would make a pretty choker don't you?
This isn't tatting of course, I was just wanting to use some of the left over hemp, so I crocheted this necklace using beads.
(you can use beads in tatting too, I just haven't gotten that far yet)
Here's some more pieces with the needle tatting.
These pieces are actually mistakes I've made so I just keep them for embellishments for future mixed media projects.
I love this perle' cotton embroidery floss for tatting
So many pretty colors!
I love to keep my fibers on old wooden clothes pins and spools.
Another Josephine Chain with the cotton thread...
"Oh no! Lucy!"
A Lucy Fiber Frenzy!
"Lucy! Stop it!
"You're gonna mess it up!"
Oh well...it was just practice after all...I just wanted to show you.
So...after the Fiber Frenzy passes, Lucy (in the background) in her kitty crouch, head down and butt in position, waits for the right time to pounce on her big brother Fetzer.
Fetzer gives me that look like "Oh dear, it's going to be another long weekend!"
Hopefully this weekend, I'll be able to practice tatting some more (when Lucy is sleeping) and show you some more patterns!
*Just a note...other than this unexpected photo shoot with Lucy, I've been keeping an eye on her whenever she's in that fiber frenzy mood. I'm told that some kittens need to have surgery to remove thread/string that they've eaten!*
Have a great weekend!
Becca & "the kitties"