Saturday, October 31, 2009

Needle Tatted Snowflake

I've been practicing my needle tatting by working on a snowflake. For some reason, I'm still having trouble keeping my chains and rings going in the right direction when I begin a new round.

I'm sure it's just a matter of time and practice and I'll be more comfortable with the flow of tatting. It's not perfect but I'm happy with the way it turned out. The pattern by Lenore English was very easy to follow and I enjoyed being able to do the repetitions for practice. The piece measures almost four inches across using a size 20 thread.

Is it me or is needle tatting faster than shuttle tatting? It has only taken me two evenings to almost finish the snowflake and that seems pretty quick.


  1. Very pretty motif! I imagine that needle tatting is faster than shuttle tatting, although I've never needle tatted. From the directions, it just seems that there is less motion involved. However, I am mesmerized by the movement of the shuttle, so I am content sticking with what I know.

  2. Hi! Just found your blog. Your tatted motif is lovely! I only shuttle tat, I never tried needle tatting. But I bet needle tatting would be faster.

  3. Thank you, Carol. There are pros and cons to both and I find that I switch back and forth between them. I believe the needle tatting is faster but I'm still practicing to get my tension with it. I'm off to check your blog!


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