HNW - Tatting suggestions

Mary Temple noxcat at
Thu Jan 11 04:13:36 PST 2001

I don't know if there are any sites as I haven't looked for them. I took a 
class, and we were given a book that has lots of color pictures. It's called 
Learn Needle Tatting Step-by-Step and it's by Barbara Foster.

Needle tatting is done with one needle, and since all the double stitches 
sit on the needle until you make the ring, tension can be adjusted (as can 
the size of your picots).

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

>Are there any sites that describe this method? I thought it was the same as
>the shuttle method - two needles taped together to form the shuttle, and
>I've stayed away from it because I like the way the shuttle fits into my
>hand.  I'm still a novice tatter and still run into problems with tension 
>my knots and end up having to scrap the motif - usually after a good hour's
>worth of work :(.  I learned from a 1940's sewing encyclopedia and it took
>me a while to figure out how to do it, but now that I know I have no 
>working with the shuttle and have developed a natural rythm with it.  Does
>the needle method help with maintaining even tension - or is this another
>one of those things that takes practice, practice, practice?
>Jenn :)
>Barony of Bhakail, East Kingdom
>(ever in search of the craft that you can master instantly)
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