Learn to Tat

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tatting is making a comeback!

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.

You can learn to tat by gathering your tatting supplies and  viewing our Start Tatting Tutorial. You’ll learn how to hold the shuttle and make your first knots in this easy tutorial.

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!



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6 Responses to “Learn to TatComment RSS feed

  • Diane
    August 21st, 2012 3:56 am

    Thanks for featuring your tatting thread and for having a post specifically about tatting! I do enjoy working with DMC tatting thread. I look forward to more posts about tatting.

  • Tracy Winsor
    August 21st, 2012 5:18 am

    Thank you for including something about tatting. My biggest problem has been finding the wide selection of colors you offer in DMC Tatting Cotton locally. I can usually find white and green at Michael’s, but nothing at Joann’s. Please encourage these chains to offer more tatting choices and I will do the same from my side.

  • Lena cozzi
    August 23rd, 2012 8:40 pm


  • Stephanie Grace
    August 23rd, 2012 8:51 pm

    I think it’s also important to note that other DMC threads, not just size 80, can be used for tatting. I learned needle-tatting with DMC Embroidery Floss and DMC Cebelia size 30. When tatting with shuttles, I still use Cebelia size 30 as well as DMC Perle Threads. A crochet cotton in size 10 is much less intimidating than size 80 threads. Size 80 can be pretty scary when you’re starting out. 😉

    -Stephanie Grace

  • Ivy
    September 25th, 2013 2:56 am

    I am just a novice tatter, but i am using my DMC embroidery floss,until i can decide which size cotton i want, could you tell me if i use all strands of my floss together, what size crochet/tatting thread would that be equivalent to?
    thanks in advance.

  • miss
    June 30th, 2015 6:42 pm

    This is so interesting. I am going to give it a go I just need to head to the craft shop to get some supplies I think.:)

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