HNW - Tatting suggestions

Mary Temple noxcat at
Wed Jan 10 04:28:22 PST 2001

I've tried both needle and shuttle tatting - I definitely prefer needle! 
(When I tried shuttle tatting, I felt like I needed an extra hand.) The 
thing I like about needle tatting is that since the knots are formed on the 
needle until I close the loop, it's much easier to fix any mistakes. From 
what my teacher told me, there really isn't any difference in the knots, but 
only in how they are created. The patterns are certainly interchangable, as 
my mother and I have found. (She shuttles.)

Lady Katerine Rowley
Bryn Gwlad, Ansteorra
Mary K. Temple
Austin, Texas

>In a message dated 1/9/01 9:15:07 AM Pacific Standard Time,
>betsyp at writes:
><< The Lacis page says that needle tatting is actually easier, requires 
>  coordination, and handles a wider range of thread sizes than shuttle
>  tatting.  Is anybody on this list a tatter?  Do you agree with this 
>  Is there a book I could read to compare and contrast the two methods?  
>  a materials groupie, I am very taken by the pretty little abalone, brass,
>  wood, &c tatting shuttles, but I retain just enough self-restraint to 
>  shuttle tatting if it's harder to learn and produces no different 
>results. >>
>Hi, Betsy --
>I've taken a couple of needle tatting classes, and from what I understand,
>needle tatting pre-dates shuttle tatting.  But because the shuttles were so
>decorative, so pretty and much costlier than needles, shuttle tatting 
>a pursuit mainly of the upper and monied classes, while needle tatting was
>sort of looked down upon as a lower-class activity.  However, according to 
>teachers, needle tatting IS easier, and a needle tatter can do anything a
>shuttle tatter can do, plus more.  I'm sure others here can place all this 
>historical context (I'm thinking Victorian era?).  Some have told me that 
>end products of shuttle and needle tatting are somehow structurally
>different, but I'm not sure, being a rank beginner and having done only two
>needle-tatting projects.  Experienced tatters, please enlighten us!
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