Want to learn how to tat

Old 06-19-2015, 01:37 PM
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I taught myself to tat by watching videos, internet sites on tatting, and books. I first used the needles and found it easy but my fingers hurt after a while. So, I learned to use the shuttle. I tried reading instructions from several sources and eventually I got the hang of it. I am very slow but that's okay. The XMas ornaments and bookmarks I have made are beautiful and the recipients are always so pleased with them. It is another fun little craft to do using fibers. As others have said, it is very economical. JoAnns sells the tatting threads and shuttles. They are in the area where cross stitching supplies are sold.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:47 PM
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go to youtube and look up needle tatting !! I got the tatting needles at hobby lobby.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:01 PM
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There is a video/DVD, Tatted Lace: From Start to Finishing, by Bev Dillon.

It's a most excellent, educational DVD. It was how I managed, after 15+ years of "trying," to finally teach myself to tat.
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I took bobbin lace classes for over a year. It is not difficult to do. Learned to Tat from a 10 cent "Learn How to Crochet, Knit, Embroider, Tat" book bought at S. S. Kresge store in 1948. Made many mittens for everyone. Kept trying to learn to Tat by following the pictures and words. It took me 25 years and late one night my brain clicked and it was great. Ask at your Library, search YouTube and the Internet. I use a shuttle for Tatting. Good luck learning.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:44 PM
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I bought the craftsy class taught by Marilee Rockley. It was very good. I also joined a tatting group in Yuma, AZ that meets at the foothills library every Wednesday from Nov thru April. Everyone is very nice and helpful. I also watch youtube videos which are helpful. You can find tatting thread at handy hands online. I find it a very relaxing and satisfying hobby that is portable.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mjkgquilt View Post
I took bobbin lace classes for over a year. It is not difficult to do. Learned to Tat from a 10 cent "Learn How to Crochet, Knit, Embroider, Tat" book bought at S. S. Kresge store in 1948. Made many mittens for everyone. Kept trying to learn to Tat by following the pictures and words. It took me 25 years and late one night my brain clicked and it was great. Ask at your Library, search YouTube and the Internet. I use a shuttle for Tatting. Good luck learning.
That sounds like the book I bought, and the year sounds about right, too. I still have the 1 yard piece of edging I made then.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:45 PM
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My grandmother used to tat and I still have her shuttle, but I have no idea how to use it.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:20 AM
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I, too, have been wanting to learn how to tat. Also had a friend that was going to teach me but, unfortunately, she passed away. I've watched some YouTube videos and there are some good ones so now I just have to find the time to learn. I do know that each item takes a very long time and you don't want to make a mistake because tearing out is impossible. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Maviskw, I wish we lived closer. It would be great to get together for a day of Tatting.

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Old 06-20-2015, 06:59 AM
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, too, have been wanting to learn how to tat. Also had a friend that was going to teach me but, unfortunately, she passed away. I've watched some YouTube videos and there are some good ones so now I just have to find the time to learn. I do know that each item takes a very long time and you don't want to make a mistake because tearing out is impossible. Good luck and keep us posted.
I am a shuttle tatter. How long it takes depends on what you are making and how long you've tatted. Undoing work is not impossible most times. It just takes practice! Guess how I know?! Learning the double stitch will take practice. If you work at it every day for a short time (10 - 15 min) you will get the knack of flipping your thread. Once you know the double stitch, rings and chains are a matter of how you hold your thread - the stitch is the same. Have fun learning and I hope you can find someone to work with. If you're in Yuma, join us at the library.
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