Tatting is a lace making technique which dates back a couple of centuries or so.

There are 3 types of tools to tat with - shuttle, needle and cro-tat (a combination of crochet and tatting). These are used to form rings and chains with hitch or hitch knots. The work typically uses thread.

Setting the bar higher is Alan Kolodny of Mississippi, otherwise known as the Joyful Tatter on Etsy.  He tats with fine silver (99.9% silver) wire!

His wire lace work is just lovely. He sometimes incorporates pearls, beads and crystals into his designs.

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Alan is a highly talented individual. Not only is he a Presbyterian pastor but he is also a professional clown and an award winning balloon artist. So it's no surprise that he is able to come up with whimsical designs like his horse, butterfly and teddy bear earring designs.  They must have been inspired by his balloon creations!

He is extremely creative. Alan said in his blog" I'm always trying to come up with new and creative ways of using my tatting, first it was tatting in silver wire, which was a big hit. Then I  combined tatting with chain mail and my finished pieces got me to the finals in an international jewelry competition."

Already an accomplished wire wrapper, Alan went on to combine wire tatting with wire wrapping as shown above.  Whatever else will he do next?

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