Tatted Lace 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.
Quilled Paper 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.
About Me I was inspired to learn tatting by my Aunt Merc. I watched her tat when was I was a small child and taught myself as an adult. She continues to be my inspiration to share this lovely art with others. Quilling seems to complement tatting, in my opinion, and I enjoy creating new designs that highlight the wonderful things that paper can create. I enjoy knitting, crochet, quilting and cross stitching when I am not tatting or quilling. Special orders are welcomed. A wedding invitation, birth announcement or anniversary commemoration would be a wonderful gift decorated with special elements made of thread or paper. Antique lace repair work is also available.Thank you for visiting!