Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tatting Tuesday - Tatters Go Crazy For Tatting Stuff

I guess it's true of any hobby or passion, but people who do tatting seem to go crazy over anything tatting related.  People try to tell me that "tatting is a dying art," but that is just not true.  Tatting is alive, well, and growing.  My opinion is that the Internet saved tatting from fading away and becoming more of a lost art.  New tatting patterns are produced and books printed each year.  Sales of tatting supplies are getting easier and easier to find online.  And with all this growth comes a little bit of obsession :-)

Photo from Tat-a-Renda
Many of the tatting blogs I follow will showcase the latest tatting books that they were able to pick up on eBay or some little shop somewhere. Tatters are very generous people and often exchange tatting, hand dyed thread (HDT), or artist trading cards (ATC).  I've even seen impromptu giveaways of tatting booklets, shuttles, and other fun items. Tat-a-Renda posted a photo of all the goodies she received from another tatter, Aileen.

Photo from UMI & TSURU
One of the trends I'm enjoying is all the people doing new things with tatting shuttles.  In addition to the Pop-a-Bobbin shuttles that I've mentioned before, there are a lot of creative shuttles being made.  I really like this one that has a piece of tatting encased in the shuttle itself.  I've seen some beautiful shuttles that are ceramic and hand painted, shuttles carved from buffalo horns and from a variety of lovely types of wood, and ones in styles from long ago where the thread is wrapped around the body of the shuttle itself instead of a bobbin or the core of the shuttle.
Photo from Threads of a Tatting Goddess

Some people take their plain plastic shuttles and add some bling with paint, fabric, paper, Mod Podge, gems, etc.  Threads of a Tatting Goddess showed off some of the ones she created.  This trend is catching on as we get braver about decorating the shuttles in our own collections.

I found a listing on eBay recently that I just had to get for myself.  They are the cutest miniature shuttles, made from wood, and perfect to use for wearing as jewelry.  I have to admit I kind of want to try tatting with them before I turn them into earrings.  The shuttles are posed next to some coins so you can get an idea of the size.  The doily in the background is one of the first doilies I tatted, about 20 years ago.

1 mad comments:

Unknown said...

Those teeny tiny shuttles are darling! Thanks for sharing your link to this blogpost on my facebook page! What a fun post! :D

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