I have decided to invent a new word for the tatting world.  “Tattering” is what friend of mine used once when he couldn’t remember the word for tatting.  I like it and I have decided that “tattering” is what you are doing when you are doing tatting-related things but are not actually tatting.  Sorting your thread stash, organizing your tatting books, writing up patterns, doodling tatting possibilities, blogging about tatting or just flipping through books daydreaming about patterns.  All these things are tattering.

Well, I have been busy the last couple days with some productive tattering.  I am switching over to using Illustrator to diagram out my patterns so I spent yesterday afternoon learning how to use it and this afternoon writing up the handout and diagrams for one of my classes for Shuttlebirds.  It took a very long time to make this fairly simple project, but I’m definitely getting the hang of the program.  This particular pattern doesn’t have any chains which look like they might be slightly tricky so I still need to figure how to consistently draw those.

That makes two of the five handouts finished for my shuttlebirds classes.  (I am teaching Gina Butler’s chain of single-shuttle-dimpled hearts as one of my classes and using her handout for it.)  Next step is to make another sample using my instructions and see if I catch any mistakes and then to find a couple test-tatters for it.  The pattern uses split rings and a lock-stitch chain (I also have instructions for the lock-stitch from a previous class that I can include with the instructions for the choker).  Let me know if you’re interested in test-tatting.  I should have it ready for outside eyes in about a week or so.

I am still trying to decide on proper usage of this word.  Is one who is tattering a tatterer?



  1. Wanda Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    LOL! Love the word! I’ve been doing a lot of tattering lately and not much tatting. I think a person who is tattering is a tatter – who else would be tattering?

  2. admin Said,

    January 10, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    Hah. That’s a very good point. I suppose you probably wouldn’t be interested in tattering if you’re not also a tatter.

  3. Cindy Said,

    January 11, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I love it! Great word. I think I end up doing more tattering than tatting most of the time 🙂

  4. Bonnie Said,

    January 14, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    HI Jessica:
    I would love to help you by being a test tatter for you. Look forward to hearing from you>

  5. cecilia Said,

    January 14, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Love it just a great word and story. I have been tatting and tattering for about twenty years and would love to be a test tatter for you.

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