Yesterday I joined Avis, Marietta, Grace, and Priscilla -- all of us members of the ConnecticutCrochet Yahoo! group. We met at the Bethel Library for the Tatting Workshop the library sponsored. Our instructor was Joan Thomas, who has been tatting for 10 years. The samples she had on display were amazing! Some were even beaded!
In the world of Tatting there are three techniques:
2. Needle Tatting
3. Shuttle Tatting
We were learning the third, how to Shuttle Tat. To make learning easier we used yarn rather than thread. Our first lesson was on how to "pop" ... to transfer the knot from one string to the other. I did fairly well there.
Our second lesson was making the half knots. Again, I did fairly well.
But combining the two lessons? Where one makes one half knot, transfers it over, makes the other half knot and then transfer that over to complete the stitch? LOL, I think Avis and I had more fun laughing.
But, eventually, I did catch on to combining the two lessons to create the required two half stitches, properly transferring them to the core yarn (it takes two half stitches to create one completed tatting stitch). All I need to do is practice more. And that's fine with me! :)