My cousin is in town to play for the weekend. Last time she came to play, she taught me how to use a pleater to do English Smocking. I made this dress for Bitt-E.
This weekend she's teaching me how to make tatted lace.
This is what it should look like.
Image "borrowed" from this amazing woman (who really knows what she's doing.)
Mine looks like three funky, mismatched loops. But I'm slowly getting the hang of it.
Essentially you fill a bobbin on the shuttle (pictured above) with thread, and tie a bunch of knots, then connect them into loops, and connect the loops into elaborate patterns to make lace for edgings, collars, doily's, etc.
My goal is to do enough of one edging to go around a handkerchief. Anything more elaborate will probably never get finished.
Even if I never have a big finished product though, it is so fun to learn a traditional handcraft.
I LOVE learning new things!