Tatting is a technique and art that involves tying knots to make lace. The knots are made of rings and chains and can be used to make a wide variety of items.
The origins of tatting aren't certain. Tatting has existed as far back as the 1800’s, many think it dates back much further. It was very popular and had a substantial following into the mid 1950’s. Tatting was used for items such as tablecloths, edging for pillowcases and handkerchiefs. It was used for clothing items, such as decorative collars and edgings as well as baby items such as booties and bonnets. When fashion became more modern and technology evolved to make machine lace more affordable, tatting handmade lace became less popular.
Tatting has had a resurgence due to many tatters sharing their skills with others. There are tatters all over the world as well as tatting groups and conventions. I know of 6 conventions held annually in North America. The convention I’ve attended since 2009 in the Carolinas has had people attend from England, Sweden, Mexico, South America, Canada, and Australia. Some years we have over 200 people attend.
My oldest daughter and I demonstrate and teach tatting. Group tatting classes are usually free, supplies are purchased after the first class (if the student chooses to continue) but under $10 which makes this an affordable art. We frequently hear “my grandmother did tatting” when we are doing demonstrations. If you would like more information, please contact me. If you live out of my area I can connect you with tatters in your area (almost always) as well as online classes (free) and sources for purchasing supplies.