I discovered a new craft. It’s called tatting. Okay, not new to the world (it dates to the early 1800s and apparently, Queen Victoria and Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria enjoyed this craft), but new to me. Basically, the tatter creates intricate lacework by tying different kinds of knots in certain ways using a tool called a shuttle.
The shuttle is a basic tool (pictured left) that seems to me similar to a bobbin but with pointed edges.
Of course, some really inventive people make decorative shuttles that look like anything from barrettes to Lord of the Rings Elven leather leaves.
Some people believe tatting was invented by sailors, who would create motifs for their girlfriends or wives back home while on long trips. I can understand that assertion for two reasons: (1) sailors would also knit on long voyages in order to pass the time; and (2) tatting apparently takes a really long time to do, which is part of why people don’t do it much anymore.
Well, I hope you learned something new today. I certainly did!