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Tatting Shuttles

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Tatting Shuttles

TATTING is a form of hand made lace. Usually done with the aid of a
shuttle or needle, it can also be done with just a spool of thread.
Tatting, like most lace, is a series of knots that form patterns and
shapes. Doilies, baby caps, edgings, place mats, purses and novelties can
all be fashioned by tatting.
TATTING as a craft goes back hundreds of
years, but like many crafts, it’s popularity has peaked and waned over the
years. In 1760, the famous artist Sir Joshua Reynolds painted

"Portrait of Anne, Countess of Albemarle"
, and she is
shown holding her tatting shuttle and ball of string. In the mid-1800’s,
it became extremely popular along with the many other Victorian ladies handcrafts, and patterns and ideas for tatting were
published in the hand crafts magazines of the time.

TATTING handbook from
around the 1920’s. Tatting goes many centuries back in history, and has been done
using many styles of shuttles and needles.

TATTING instructions.

Tatting is not difficult but many find it easier to learn from
another tatter than from illustrations in a book.

TATTING shuttle of
hand hammered sterling, 2-5/8". It is marked "sterling" on one
side. #a25388

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with gothic face design, marked "sterling", 2-5/8" by 1".

TATTING shuttle
in sterling with dogwood motif, 2-1/2". #a25390

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with Greek key edge design, 2-1/4" by 1/2". #a35974

TATTING shuttle
of sterling engraved with the initial "M" and marked "N&H sterling",
2-1/2" by 5/8". #tat25

TATTING shuttle of
sterling with a scrolling and leafy design. #tat26

TATTED hanky in frame under glass. This was a
very special wedding hanky passed down through four generations. #a570

TATTED edge linen wedding hanky
in black contemporary frame.
VICTORIAN lady who carried the
hanky with the tatted edge at her wedding;
Janet A. MacQUIRE who carried
the hanky at her wedding in 1881; Mae Menn Ostrander carried it at her
wedding in November 1910; Jean Ostrander Davis, wedding June 1935; Valerie
Davis Larsen December carried it in 1955.
View #a570

List of brides on the back of the framed hanky.

TATTING shuttle of sterling
engraved with flowers and the initials "BJA", 2-5/8".

TATTING Instructions for "tatted

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with engraved design. #tat22

TATTING shuttle made
of sterling with
mother-of-pearl with etched design, the initials "JD" and a sterling back,
2-1/2". #a29389

shuttle of abalone and mother-of-pearl with two rings of tatting attached,
shuttle is 2-1/2" by 5/8". The shuttle is abalone on one side and
mother-of-pearl on the other. #a35966

TATTING shuttle of
mother-of-pearl, 2-5/8" by 3/4". #a35967

TATTING shuttle
of ivory carved with an oriental scene, probably early 19th century Canton
Chinese. See one in Taunton’s "Antique Needlework Tools" page 84.

TATTED purse with a
drawstring top, 8" by 8". This took hours of work, like so many of the
vintage hand crafts, and was probably done circa 1900.
View #P23865
TATTING instructions for a
handbag. This pattern has a row of glass beads worked into the design
along the top of the bag.

TATTING shuttle
of ivory carved with a design of birds, butterflies and vines. See one
in Taunton’s "Antique Needlework Tools" page 84. #a35968

TATTING shuttle
in mother-of-pearl with wonderful coloring, 2-3/4" by 7/8".

TATTING shuttle
of abalone in a rainbow of tans, lavenders and pinks, 3" by 3/4".

TATTING shuttle
of mother-of-pearl, 2-3/4" by 3/4". #a35972

TATTING shuttle of
abalone in blues, lavenders and greens, 3" by 3/4". #a35970

TATTING shuttles
made of sea shell.

TATTING shuttle
made of seashell in contrasting colors, 3" by 1". #a35969

TATTING shuttle
of hand hammered sterling engraved with the initial "K". #tat9

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with a mistletoe bouquet tied with a ribbon design, engraved with the initial
"S", 2-7/8". #a25387

TATTING shuttle of
sterling with daisies. #tat16

TATTING shuttle
of hand hammered sterling, 2-1/2". #a25395

instruction for edgings and borders to be used on household linens and

TATTING shuttle of sterling engraved
"Nora 1-13-16". #tat19

patented June 22-15 shuttle of
silver metal. My husband bought this for me on Valentine’s Day many years
ago. We did not discover the heart-shaped fitting inside until after we
got it home. What a coincidence that was! Bobolink made other
shuttles as well. #tat4

TATTING instructions for a

TATTING shuttle
in silver metal made by Boye.

TATTING shuttle
made by C.D. Fischer Mfg. Co. This one comes with it’s own handle for
winding thread onto the shuttle, patent number 1,260,278 in 1918.
Patent for similar shuttle and winder

TATTING shuttle and
winder, closer view.

TATTING shuttle
from the 1950’s but they are still being made today. This is one many of today’s tatters learned
to tat on, and is easy
to use as the spool turns smoothly it has the convenient end hook. #tat29

TATTING shuttle
of brass engraved with the nickname "Ola", 2-7/8" by 5/8". This has been used and
has finish wear, but with such an unusual name, it is fun to
own anyway. A very nice lady emailed me to say that "Ola" is a polish
name, a diminutive name for the more formal "Alexandra".

& Co
tatting shuttle of sterling with lavender enameling, 2-3/4" by
5/8". As you can see in the picture, there are marks in the lavender
part, but they are under the glass and not cracked through it.

TATTING shuttles
in three sizes from the smallest to two of the two largest. #tat31

blue and white edging and insert on a pillow case set.

TATTED window

TATTED edgings show
the difference in size of the finished product that thickness of the thread makes.

TATTED edge and insert on a very
delicate net
bordered hanky.

TATTED edge on an
embroidered yellow hand towel.

TATTED edge on a pastel
embroidered flowers hand towel.