This form of needlework is composed of knots or stitches, and picots, which form rings and semicircles worked using one or multiple a tatting shuttles. A basic double knot is worked over the thread repeatedly to create a lacy design that can be used as edgings or motifs.
To help you get started, we’ve created a special section devoted specifically to tatting.
Our tatting cotton is the perfect choice for making your first creation. Available in 21 solid colors and 5 variegated colors, DMC Tatting Cotton is a size 80, 100% cotton thread that is ideal for making very fine and delicate lacework such as edges of handkerchiefs, doilies, or collars, and perfect for creating tatted wearable art and jewelry.
As you learn, refer to our Tatting Abbreviations Guide, or print it out and keep it in your work basket for easy reference.
Once you have the hang of it, you can move on to our Tatting Stitch Guide where you’ll find instructions for making an edging as your first, basic tatting design.
Ready to start your first real project?
Check out the list of Antique Tatting Patterns from the In Tatters site, or the Free Patterns Page from Be Stitched.com, featuring free projects like this gorgeous beaded, tatted dragonfly that you can wear as a brooch!
There are so many beautiful projects you can make using nothing more than a few knots and a tatting shuttle. Best of all, tatting is also portable, easy to learn, and fun!