I know there are some keen tatters on the group, so I hope someone will be
able to help me.
Yesterday, I decided to teach myself tatting. I borrow the only book about
tatting in the library and bought two shuttles. The book has many patterns but
the instructions are very short and a little vague. So far, I've done about
10cm of a simple edging, and it's FUN! I'm quite satisfied with the result,
but I do have a few questions that book doesn't answer.
The books says to use DMC Cordonnet nr 30, but I didn't have that at home, so
I used nr 60 instead. What type of thread to you use? Can I use fine linen
thread or even thinner DMC thread like nr 100. I would like to have the final
work as "lacey" as possible.
How hard should I pull the knots? I try to keep a similar tension to the one I
have when I'm crocheting with the same thread. Should I pull harder?
The book shows how to hold the work between the thumb and the index finger of
the left hand, and adjust the loop with the middle and ring finger. For some
reason, it much easier for me to hold the work with my thumb and middle finger
and adjust the loop with my index and ring finger. Is there any good reason
why I shouldn't do like this?
I'm grateful for any tips or tricks. It seems to great fun, and I like the
look of it.
Anna, in Lund, Sweden, where a bout of rain and strong winds arrived just in
time for the Easter break. I'd better stay inside and tat.
National Centre for High Resolution Electron Microscopy
Centre of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lund University
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