Want to Try Tatting ?

October 26th, 2017

It’s not expensive to get started with tatting – and it’s a great craft to get into.  It’s a lot more popular than perhaps you imagine, as more and more people are giving it a try – so, if you ask around, it’s not too hard to find enthusiasts to help and share ideas with. And – a big plus  – there are a lot of blogs, videos and chat sites out there on the internet to help you along if you need a little guidance or wish to swap ideas. And, here are a few pointers for anyone thinking of giving tatting a try:

Shuttle or Needle Tatting ? Here at Roseground we support both and are neutral as to which is ‘best’. We know that both have their champions and we respect that – however, here are the pros and cons for both:

Needle: There is no doubt that needle tatting is easier to learn than tatting with a shuttle. You can correct mistakes as you go and it’s perhaps easier to visualise what is happening, but, on the other hand, the need to match the needle and thread sizes is more critical than matching shuttle to thread.

Shuttle: Although the learning curve is steeper, many feel that, once learned, the shuttle is more ‘natural’ and satisfying in use. There are many tatters who would only use a shuttle! It’s certainly a very neat and satisfying way to work. It’s perhaps more travel friendly too as it can be carried in a handbag, ready for the odd few minutes.

Is it expensive to start? Whichever method you choose you should find that the initial outlay is relatively modest – probably less than £10 for the tool with basic instruction sheet and some thread.

If you choose needle tatting:  all you will need is size 5 tatting needle  and a ball of thread – size 20 will match the needle. If you don’t have anyone to guide you, you can choose to purchase a how-to book – “Learn Needle Tatting Step by Step” is our best seller – or you can easily find an online tutorial. You will soon be up and running!

If you choose shuttle tatting:  as well as some thread,  you will need to select a shuttle. At Roseground these start as low as 70 pence – and we have a starter kit which includes this shuttle. This basic shuttle has the traditional shape without the hook (or pointed) end – used to make joins – that most modern shuttles have and which are widely popular amongst experienced tatters. Having no hook it is perhaps the best choice for the beginner. You can use a crochet hook instead of the inbuilt hook and avoid being poked with the shuttle while you are learning!  Then, when you are ready to move on, you can choose from the wide range of modern shuttles that are available. Again, there are plenty of learn-to-tat places on the internet but it’s always handy to have some instructions to hand. For just £1 you can get a handy folding instruction sheet or Janette Baker’s ‘Learn to Tat’, which includes an interactive DVD and some pretty patterns, can be bought for just over £10.

You will then have all the equipment you need to get started. As you progress, you will just need to add more thread and occasional new patterns of your choice, and you may choose to buy more needles or a shuttle or two, once you gain confidence.

As for books – on technique or giving ideas and patterns – the choice is remarkably wide. When the time comes, take a look at the wide choice here on the Roseground website.

So why not give it a go? And, give us a call if you need more guidance.

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