The Art of Tatting Handmade Lace
Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.
All of the available evidence shows that tatting originated in the early 19th century. As most fashion magazines, and home economics magazines from the first half of the 20th century attest, tatting had a substantial following. When fashion included feminine touches such as lace collars and cuffs, and inexpensive yet nice baby shower gifts were needed, this creative art flourished. As the fashion moved to a more modern look and technology made lace an easy and inexpensive commodity to purchase, hand-made lace began to decline.
Due to a variety of groups and individuals, tatting has made a resurgence among crafts people. There are groups around the world who tat as well as "tatting conventions" where it is promoted and taught.