Monday, February 10, 2014
Oversized Tatting - Are You Ready to Try Something New?
The Oversized Tatted Necklace pattern is here! This one is for the lovers of all things fiber. Have you ever been curious about tatting? Well, I was and a couple of years ago, I sat down with some shuttles and thread and taught myself how. I went from shuttles to needle tatting which felt more natural to me as a crocheter. Then one day I thought about tatting with yarn.
It's not hard to find larger tatting needles for yarn, but I had this idea in my head that I wanted to go bigger. I wanted to tat on a grand scale, so I made myself a really big tatting needle and started to play. The Oversized Tatted Necklace isn't the only thing I've designed, but it's a nice place to start.
I wanted to write a tatting pattern for people who love to tat and for people who have never tatted before. I liked the idea of presenting people with something new to try. I know I'm keen to try just about anything involving yarn, so I wanted to make a pattern for people who feel the same way. This idea felt like a puzzle to me at first. How to you write a tatting pattern for people who don't tat? Imagine writing a crochet or knit pattern for people who have never crocheted or knitted. Daunting.
Adding to my disconcertion was the fact that I had never written a tatting pattern before. In my study I quickly found that there are quite a few was to express the same thing in the world of tatting. That made me feel more comfortable taking a few liberties of my own. My tatting pattern is written in a less traditional way, but can still be easily followed by a seasoned tatter. My goal was to respect the craft while making it appeal to the newcomer.
That is my hope. I hope that the next time you are shopping for that knitter/crocheter in your life and you want to surprise them with something different, you'll find my Oversized Needle Tatting and think, "Why not?"
I have more designs I want to share. Each time I write a new pattern, I want to introduce a few new techniques. The Oversized Tatted Necklace pattern is a great foundation on which to build, so build I must! I've also started making Oversized Tatting Needles just like the one I made for myself. I plan to make sure you have plenty of projects to entertain that needle and I hope you will be entertained as well!