Tatting is a knotting technique dating back to the Egyptians who used the graceful loops and knots, embellished with rubies, sapphires and diamonds on their garments; In England in the 1800's, tatting became more lace-like to adorn lingerie. Tatting was also popular in the Scandinavian countries as well as in Germany and France. Shuttle tatting remains popular to this day. Tatting with a needle gives the same results and is considered by those who have learned it as easier than working with a shuttle. However, once you have learned to shuttle tat, you love it and cannot be persuaded to change to needle tatting! Tatting, a tradition very popular with perhaps, your grandmothers and mothers, is regaining popularity as an adaptable lacy technique used to beautify wearing apparel, your home and gifts. It is a needlecraft which is very easy to carry along wherever your travels may take you.





R = Ring
Lr = Large Ring
(+) = Join
Spl = Split Ring
Rw = Reverse Work
Prev = Previous
Tp or TR = Top Ring
ds = Double Stitch
MR = Middle Ring
Lp = Picot 3/8"
Cl = Close
Tp = Picot 1/16"
Ch = Chain
IR = Inner Ring
p or (-) = Picot
Lch = Long Chain
Sr = Small Ring
Sepr = Separated