Tat Memoirs

Long back , when I was a little girl of about nine or ten, we went on a family trip to a rubber estate on the side of a forest to spend our summer vacation.There, we met the wife of the forest ranger by chance and she took us to her cottage right in the middle of the jungle.

Inside the cottage ,the furniture was mostly rattan,but very tastefully decorated with hand embroidered cushions, crocheted chair backs and tatted tablecloths, handmade curtains, hand painted pictures adorned the wall. To my young mind,the little home looked like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale book!!!! frills and laces and beads ……it became my dream home!!!! .(although rt now , my home is anything but laces and frills 😀 )

I remember my mom and my aunts going ga ga over all the lace on display.Thats when they saw the tatted table cloth , asked what it was and she proceeded to give a little demo on how to tat.She gave each of them a little shuttle.I don’t think my mom learnt how to tat, but she brought back the shuttle with her and still has it in her sewing box. I donot know if she still remembers, but I do ,coz I was so fascinated by all the hand made beauty I saw in every nook at that home.

That was when I wanted to learn to Tat. It never happened.

When I came here  to Kuwait, and with not much to do , taught myself to crochet, and partly to knit . Tried to teach myself to Tat , with no success.Then I learnt of this wonderful place where there was a Tatting workshop too

The teacher was very kind to have  the class when I could attend.

The workshop consisted of two ,three hour classes, held over a period of two weeks.

First it seemed like it was very hard getting the knots and I couldn’t get the stitch knots at all.Then the teacher, told us that tatting was a ‘Dance of the fingers’ and showed us how.

This is what we did on the first day of the workshop.

Second day of the workshop, I brought this back with me.

And these are what I made to practise


White can get boring after a while and varigated thread to the rescue. Love how the colours unfold and bring variety to the simple pattern.

When I was going through my Needle &Thread Mag, there was a tutorial on how to make this motif.Since I didnot find instructions how to finish the motif, it is very clumsily finished.

This is the latest string of lace I am making……

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