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Monday, June 4, 2012

Tatting- these knots are beautiful

Tatting takes me 15 years back. First time I saw this in 'Anchor Needle n Thread', magazine. I tried a lot to learn tatting, reading instructions given in the book. But could not. In every attempt I left with knots :-).I felt disappointed. One day a lady came to my home told that she knew tatting. At that moment she looked like Maata Saraswati (Hindu Goddess of Knowledge) holding Tatting shuttle in one hand and tatting thread in other hand. :-). When I requested her, without hesitation she agreed to teach me tatting. To learn this craft you need threads, tatting shuttle and lots of patience :-)

Tatting is lace making craft, basically evolved in European countries. (About Tatting you can read here).Tatting transforms thread into beautiful lace and motifs, with the tool called 'Tatting Shuttle'.
Tatting Shuttle
Tatting shuttle and thread
I love this craft. Normally I make small motifs and laces, so that those can be used in combination with embroidery. There are masters in tatting who make big doilies using tatting. 

Some of the motifs I tried recently : Motifs with five petals and four petals
Tatting
                                          Some bigger motifs, made using multi color thread and joining two shuttles together.
Tatting
Motifs in two colors, made using two shuttles:


                                      

The motifs look very beautiful, if beads are used.

White motif with gold color beads.Similar way, tatted jewellery can be made.
Tatting threads are very durable, normally Anchor Mercer cotton is used for tatting. The below are the motifs I made when I learnt tatting, that's 15 years ago:
There are 25 motifs, I'm planning to use these for a dress in combination with Fabric painting.
I have used  Lace and tatted motifs in combination with hand embroidery on a dress. I will share about that in next post.

-Till next post
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana


30 comments:

  1. WOW so delicate and beautiful and yes I can understand how difficult it must have been to learn--I struggle with simple machine stitching even!!

    Cheers
    Sonia
    cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow!!!!!!!
    Awesome....
    Me too like to learn it.
    But how?
    viji

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  3. Ranjana- I love tattingtoo.My sister was very good with this. Learnt from her and I have made a few flowers which I am still keeping. I recently tried again with the idea of using it in my jewellery designs,But I seem to have lost the patience:)
    Yours work is wonderful

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  4. Sorry I wrote your name as Rachana ..So many blogger friends with similar names..I will get used to your name soon..:)

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  5. Its good Ranjana.
    The white with gold colour beads looks beautiful.I like it very much.
    Tatting is a interesting craft,used in journey time also.

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  6. Beautiful. I loved the multicolured one. My mother is quite an expert tatter (is that the correct word) and she had once made a beautiful stole for someone. Your post just brought back memories of that :-)

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  7. Loved the way the colors are used. I did not know this craft was known as tatting. I had seen a cousin of mine making some desins and always thought she was knitting. Wow those white designs with gold beads are awesome.

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  8. these are so beautiful & colors are nice!

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  9. ohh amazing Ranjana... now iam facing the same problem u had at the earlier stage...

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  10. amazing ! u must be so proud of your creations !

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  11. You are indeed gifted and talented Ranjana. Thanks for sharing some of the amazingly beautiful lace designs. I have also added a new word to my vocabulary today- "Tatting"

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  12. Delicate motifs...once upon a time I was into it....so I know, how much time and energy go into it! Lovely...

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  13. Thank you all.
    Your appreciations have boosted my energy.

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  14. ranjana happy to see in the art of tatting..i too know tatting and used to do many motifs for sarees and kids dresses on those days..now this post inspire me to start again and iam searching for the shuttles in my attic ;)))

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  15. the golden beaded tatted motif i like the most the beads doubled its beauty..

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  16. Nice tatted pieces.
    This is my favorite thread craft...

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  17. Nice tatted pieces.
    This is my favorite thread craft...

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  18. So beautiful. I remember my sister used to do this when we were growing up.

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  19. very pretty.
    where can I find the shuttle in bangalore?

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    1. You can get it in craft shop in Commercial Street

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  20. Hi Ranjana,
    Awesome work!
    Where can I find the shuttle in Commercial street. Which shop?
    Thanks
    Reena

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  21. Awesome work Ranjana!
    Where can I find the shuttle in commercial street. Which shop??

    Thanks
    Reena.

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  22. Beautiful. I used to do a lot of tatting when I was young. haven't seen tatting thread in a shop of late. o you know if I can find some online in India? Thank you
    Deeba - deebarajpal@gmail.com

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  23. Beautiful. I used to do a lot of tatting when I was young. haven't seen tatting thread in a shop of late. o you know if I can find some online in India? Thank you
    Deeba - deebarajpal@gmail.com

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  24. Hello Ranjna ji, nice to know someone is tatting so beautifully. I live in Chandigarh.Can you tell some place from where i should be able to buy shuttles.
    thanks
    anjusanskrit@gmail.com

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