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I actually learned to tat when I was 12. My mother was tatting pretty lace edgings for tablecloths at the time. I really loved the way she moved the shuttle over and under the thread held in her left hand to create the loops and knots.

Despite some whining on my part, Mum was initially reluctant to buy me a tatting shuttle kit because she didn't think I was serious about it. So I taught myself to tat using a makeshift clothespeg as a tatting shuttle! Mum then bought me a real one. But she was right because I did lose interest soon after. Had I known then one could make pretty jewelry too, I may have continued the craft.

Tatting was developed in the early 19th century to imitate needlepoint lace. The English word for the craft likely comes from the word "tatters" which refers to the fraility of fabric. The Italians called it "occhi" and further east, it was known as "makouk" after the shuttle.

The working thread is loaded onto a shuttle or bobbin which is used to create the knots on a circle of thread held on the left hand. Here is a 2 minute  modern day video to show you how this graceful craft is done.  If you are inspired, check out the free tutorials below!

Yarnplayer also known as Marilee Pockley created these gorgeous lacy rings shown above and on the left. She has kindly written the free tutorial for her Remembrance ring which you can download from her blog post here. The tricky bit is sewing or tatting in the ends. She gives another link on how to do it.

Be-stitched has some really cool free tutorials showing plenty of creativity. This is the pretty purple peony tatted earrings tutorial. I've seen plenty of beads strung on thread and crocheted or knitted into designs after. Here is a superb example of doing the same with tatting.

Then the tatted loopy earrings tutorial for a bit of drama! I liked how she added loops of seed beads below.

And for ultra fun, the tatted funky earrings.

This intriguingly named design by Sally Kerson (Tat's Heaven) is called the tatted tooth brush earrings! Via
For those of you who love the delicate look, check out Be-stitched's necklace and earring set tutorial.She added seed beads as well for this design.

Then there is the ultra-sexy Queen's Feet tutorial from TotusMel. This one uses needle tatting (no shuttle) which might be easier for some. 

This amazing tatted and bead cross pendant tutorial is from Tatbit Tats. via

The tatted pin tutorial is also by Tatbit Tats. Scroll down to see the instructions.  Via

The tatted dragonfly could be made into pin or perhaps a pendant. The tutorial is by Jon's Tatting Patterns. Via

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  1. Nice finds, tatting creates some really gorgeous, delicate jewelry.
    Have you seen She has some really lovely stuff too for those interested in tatted jewelry (and masks).


  2. I taught myself tatting some years ago, but never tried to make jewelry with it. Maybe something for the new year? :-)

  3. Very cool! I ♥ seeing more posts about tatting creeping up on the internet! Nice post. Perhaps we'll see more of your own tatting in the future? I guess I'll poke around your blog to see if you have any tatting posts, though I don't see a label for it on your blog post here so I'm thinking there may not be more...yet!

  4. Great post Pearl...this is something I've never tried...looks like very delicate work!!! Far too delicate for my fingers...but lovely just the same.


  5. It's great to see tatting coming back. As a child I watched my aunt tat and a few years ago bought myself a book and taught myself. I've mainly used my tatting to embellish my clothes but I have done a little with beads. I second Emi...TotusMel has some gorgeous tatting and I think is inspiring quite a few people to take it up.

  6. Thanks Emi for the reminder on TotusMel - I saw your post on her work. She is an outstanding and inspirational tatter.

  7. Tattingchic - no, this is the first time I have written about tatted jewelry. I'd love to get back to tatting some day. But it's been a looong time!

  8. Shuttle Tatting is the one technique that I just can't wrap my fingers around... I make loops, but my tension is terrible... one of these days... I'll get it to work!! Needle tatting is a cinch. Why oh why does the shuttle hate me so??

  9. If needle tatting works better for you, go for it! I happened to learn with the shuttle simply because this technique required such fluid and graceful motions. The advantage of shuttle is there is more available thread to work with.

  10. I once tried to tat a doily...never finished it, got frustrated. But this tatting is lovely work, thanks for sharing it!

  11. Tatting is so pretty but I don't need another skill right now!!!!!!!!! However, in the future, I'll change my mind again.

  12. Wow, that's really amazing! I'll have to try that soon, I'm more into wire jewelry but I've always got my eyes open for new ideas. Those peony earrings are magnificent.

  13. I wish there was more for cro-tat patterns for jewelry, I tried the shuttle tatting but couldn't get the hang of it.😢

    1. Have you considered needle tatting? It might be easier for you than shuttle tatting. Please also search my blog for more crochet patterns - both wire and yarn.


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