Want to learn how to tat

Old 06-18-2015, 04:54 PM
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A friend of mine has a niece in OK that tats. She does fantastic work! Unfortunately I am over 1000 miles away from her. When my friend went back to OK to visit a couple years ago her niece made a couple pieces for my friend to bring back for us. I would love to learn to tat since I like to crochet with the thread.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:00 PM
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I taught myself too tat. I found a site called Tatted Treasures or Heather Tatter which is very good. One nice thing is I could pause on the video too make sure I was doing everything right Also went on facebook and found some beginner's tatting site, the members are so helpful. A big no for it being a dead craft!!!!
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:04 PM
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I learned to Tat when I was a girl, my mother taught me. I never really got into it, to me it seemed rather pointless. I think the end product is pretty, but I am chronically practical, hence my mania for quilting.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:41 AM
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My mother can tat and tried to teach me, but she's too fast and can't slow it down. I took lessons from a lady here over 40 years ago. But other interests have gotten in the way...
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:45 AM
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I have try both shuttle and needle..needle is so much easier to me..I got my supplies from Annie's Attic catalog..it comes with a step by step book..needle..etc..I enjoy the feel of the needle..sort of like crocheting..or knitting..the book is right there with pictures and printed instructions..do try it both ways ..and pick what suits u...enjoy
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:43 AM
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I taught myself to tat when I was 16 years old. I found a tatting book in a store window with a tatted doily on it, and said I just have to do that, it was soooo beautiful.
That was "Coats and Clark's Learn How Book" I have also seen some other books in which I found tatting instructions, but by careful scrutinizing, found that I would not be able to learn it from those instructions.
All you need to do it is some good cotton tatting or crochet thread and a shuttle. That's probably why it is not promoted much. Stores don't make much money selling supplies.
I have hundreds of tatted snow flakes and small doilies that I hang on my Christmas tree each year. One year I left the tree up the whole year so I could look at the beautiful snowflakes all year.
I have also given away hundreds of them and given several classes on tatting.

I wish we were closer. I would love to help you.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:24 AM
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Craftsy has a shuttle tatting class that is really great; it's priced at $14.99 right now. I never was able to "get" the motion of tatting until I viewed the course, and then it suddenly clicked. It's been a while and I haven't gotten back to it, though. Too many classes... too little time!
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:05 AM
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My MIL tried to teach me. we finally gave up! Now I quilt and do Hairpin Lace.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:08 AM
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I am trying old skills. Rented a french horn for 2 months. the last 2 weeks it just sat there so at least I tried. i just forgot the fingerings. so thought 'I would rather quilt" ! BUT I have gone roller skating 2 times in the past 2-3 months. I did not fall ! If I would go more often perhaps I could get really good again. used to go 2-3 times a week.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by pahega View Post
I have always loved the look of tatting and want to teach myself how to do it. No one I know knows how. Is it a lost art? Is it difficult to do? Can anyone suggest good sources?
I taught myself to tat using http://totusmel.blogspot.com/ instructions, the lessons are down on the right of the page, and a few books I checked out of the library. There are a lot of good You tube videos. Tatted treasures is a good site but has not been updated for a while. First question you need to ask is Needle or Shuttle? I find the needle a lot easier to do and to keep my tension even, I can do shuttle but am very slow. I also like learning new stuff and have always wondered about bobbin lace, I'm giving that a try now. Not too hard, but can get messed up very easy. Good luck and go for it!!!
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