Tatted Lace by Jeanne
Tatting is an old form of lace making using knots that dates back hundreds of years and has been practiced in many countries. Tatting requires only the hand, with the stitches formed over the fingers using a shuttle or needle to hold the thread. Tatting is often confused with crochet, as they are similar in appearance. Tatting is a row of knots that slide on a core of internal thread. These knots are then formed into rings and chains to create the design. Crochet forms new stitches hooked onto previous ones in intersecting loops. Traditional tatting was used in yards of edging to decorate handkerchiefs and pillowcases or in circular designs for doilies. Today tatting has gained a rejuvenated following due to the Internet, and the uses are limited only by the imagination.