Celebrating International Tatting Day on April Fools’ Day

Posted: April 1, 2016 in Arts & Crafts
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Today is not only April Fools’ Day, but it is also International Tatting Day. So just what is tatting? Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace from a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, accessories such as earrings and necklaces, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch or half-hitch knots, called double stitches, over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.

Some believe tatting originated over 200 years ago, often citing shuttles seen in 18th-century paintings of women such as Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Mme. Marie Adélaïde (daughter of Louis XV of France), and Anne, Countess of Albemarle. Tatting may have developed from netting and decorative ropework as sailors and fishermen would put together motifs for girlfriends and wives at home. Decorative ropework employed on ships includes techniques (esp. coxcombing) that show striking similarity with tatting.

There are many organizations, museums and guilds devoted to the art of tatting. Do you do any tatting? If you would like to share the link to your “tatting” organization, please feel free to do so in the comment section below. If it flags up as spam, but we moderate it and find that it is a legitimate organization, our administrator will approve your post!

Happy  International Tatting Day and Happy April Fools’ Day!



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