The inventiveness of tatting

Today was a bit of a wash out  – I couldn’t face reading a pattern (aforementioned pain in shoulder) and so thought I’d just make some stuff up. I’ve wanted to try tatting around a ring for a while, found a tutorial on Jane Eborall’s site picked up some spare thread, and gave it a go. (The plastic rings are 16mm, and I got them from John Lewis).


I’m not a fan of this thread – It’s DMC Perlé  and it tatts up really lumpy . I thought was just me and couldn’t quite work it why I seem to be so much better with thinner thread, but I recently read a post where someone else said they had the same problem. I feel a bit better about it now.

Because its a first go, I finished each row when the thread ran out on the shuttle. When I got to the end of the second row (top of the photo) I thought I’d be clever and tatt a split ring, so I could go straight on to mucking about with the third round. That was when I remembered I was only using one shuttle. I closed the ring and that was that. You can see how this pattern is going. It’s about to get really boring so I’ll stop it there I think. I always forget you can tatt upwards as well as downwards – imagine that last row flipped, it might be vaguely more interesting. Anyway. My inability to invent an interesting design aside, I came across this:

The Single Shuttle Split Ring; the SSSR. I’ve read about it before and kind of glossed over it. I like the idea of it though, so it’s not on my list of things to learn, along with the magic thread trick. It amazes me how many tatting stitches have been invented in recent years. Or that’s how it seems.

I’ve been to the V&A, and seen all the early tatted samples. They’re really different to tatting today. I’m sure knitting and crochet must be evolving too, but it feels like tatting is evolving literally as I type.