Tatted Lace & Quilled Paper 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.
Quilling is an old art like tatting. Thin strips of paper are rolled with a special tool or the fingers and glued together into flat or three dimensional designs. Some sources suggest that it was practiced in Ancient Egypt. French and Italian nuns in the 16th and 17th centuries decorated holy pictures and other items using this art form. The gilded edges of Bible pages were carefully cut off to acquire the thin strips of paper needed to create the intricate designs. Like tatting, quilling is also enjoying a new found following. Jewelry, decorative ornaments and three dimensional dioramas are several examples of quilling designs.