Tatted Lace Treasures

by Darlene.
(Anchorage, Alaska USA)

It’s not crocheted lace!

It’s tatted lace, not to be confused with inked tats. {grin}

Darlene: Tatted Lace Treasures 1

Are you familiar with tatting? Maybe it reminds you of your grandma, auntie or even uncle who tatted for hours making edging by the yard or doilies by the table-full.

Darlene: Tatted Lace Treasures 2

She/he probably created their lacy pieces using a shuttle which is the traditional old-time method for making tiny knots, actually double stitches that you may remember from the days of macrame.

My sister taught my young daughter how to tat using a special needle about 15 years ago. Now I love anything that glitters and when I realized that sparklies could be added to the tatted piece, I wanted a lesson myself.

Darlene: Tatted Lace Treasures 3

Since then I have been creating lace jewelry and ornaments with my needle and thread. I am still inspired by Creation’s amazing snowflake which I think must have inspired lace makers way back when.

It is rewarding to revive an antique pattern and in turn, do my part to save this “dying” art form.

Darlene: Tatted Lace Treasures 4

It is equally rewarding to find others who appreciate this fiber art that brings back a little of the past and blends it with the present into a piece that can be worn. I love the new lace trend in fashion and especially in weddings which has inspired my new bridal jewelry collection.

So if you don’t recognize tatting, you are not the only one! Oftentimes admirers can’t believe it is made of simple cotton thread knotted with a long needle and all done by hand. I call that rewarding.


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  1. Darlene, Your tatting is absolutely exquisite and the colors are beautiful. It really enhances the jewelry components you use with it. The necklace in photo #2 would be lovely for a bride … what a great heirloom piece it would make. Thank you for sharing your intricate handwork with us!

  2. Julie White says:

    Just beautiful! And how nice to revive tatting which I was always curious about from hearing my Mom and grandmother talk about it. The blue earrings are gorgeous. Your stitching is very fine.

  3. Thank you for your kind remarks, Rena and Julie!

  4. Gorgeous! You ought to sell them as components, too. I know I’d buy some!

  5. How delightful these pieces are!!! I learned to tat from my beloved grandmother when I was a young girl and was the only one in the family who wanted to learn it well enough. I inherited all her tatting shuttles, threads and books (I have old books no longer in print). I love your use of connector pieces to make lots of links. Do you starch or add glue to your finished pieces to keep their shape? Thank you so much for sharing your amazing art work.

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