Dear Potential Tatter,
Tatting is a fun, even meditative, way to make beautiful lace! The distinctive loops and curlicues are tight and durable, and make great embellishments as well as whole items. I hope you enjoy it!
The first question you have to answer is whether you want to do needle tatting or shuttle tatting. Historically, shuttle tatting developed first, probably as an offshoot of net-making, and needle tatting came later for ladies who didn't have shuttles or didn't want to learn the hand positions of the traditional technique. The results look almost the same, but the methods and tools are different. You can search YouTube videos for each style to see how the methods look in action.
I have not been very on top of the Dreamstress' Historical Sew Monthly challenges, not for lack of sewing, but because nothing I've done the past year is very historical! Modern clothing and mending and commissions have been the order of the day. But April's challenge called to me from the start:
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