Tied in Knots: crazy pieced, tatted and embroidered needle case

Tied in Knots/needle case with tatting and embroidery

Tied in Knots/needle case with tatting and embroidery

Tied in knots — that’s the definition of tatting! At least it is until you get really good at it, which I have to say I still have a long way to go!!!

Tatting is a form of lace that is comprised of a series of knots made onto a loop of thread that is wound around your hand. The stitches are simple: basic knot which is a square knot, a loop (referred to as picot) and chains (single knots) are added for design interest.

My mom taught me how to tat using a red plastic shuttle that I still use. I also have used the long needle designed for tatting, and have used a basic milliner’s needle such as the designs used in the Tandledons.

This crazy pieced shuttle holder is adorned with traditional embroidery, tatted bits and pieces and silk ribbon stitches. I have started collecting shuttles to put in the holder, along with a few thread winders. I have a few shuttles made from celluloid; one from metal; one from Mother of Pearl; and one from abalone shell. But I have to say my favorite is the red plastic one that my mom gave me so many years ago.

Happy Stitching! Christen

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6 thoughts on “Tied in Knots: crazy pieced, tatted and embroidered needle case

    • Thanks for the compliment, I am still just at the simple stage, I am working on using two colors one on the shuttle and one ball, so I hope to have a chain of something pretty soon. Keep up the knotty work!

    • Thanks Gina! I am sure that if I were living in Victorian England I would not have had the time to create anything like this between cooking and cleaning and all the other duties. So it is wonderful to have the luxury of time to make these little “treasures”, and besides I leave the dusting to the cats.

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