I have always found joy in the self-expression possible through art. Over the years I tried diverse mediums from painting to pottery, cross-stitch to calligraphy. All of these were pushed to the back ...
I have always found joy in the self-expression possible through art. Over the years I tried diverse mediums from painting to pottery, cross-stitch to calligraphy. All of these were pushed to the back burner however, when, seventeen years ago, my grandma and I sat down together and she taught me the technique of tatting. A love of this beautiful lost art consumed me.
Tatting is a form of lace-making consisting of knotting threads into rings and chains, forming beautiful patterns of open and closed space. It is created by using thread, your hands, and a tool called a shuttle. Traditionally, tatting has been used for practical items like baby bonnets, table doilies, and lace edgings on various linens. I wanted to use my tatting in a fresh and modern way, but one that would still allow it to be displayed and easily identified as this beautiful old craft. My tatted lace jewelry developed as I searched for a contemporary expression of this classic form of lace-making.
Now I offer the patterns I have been using for many years for you to try your own hand at tatted jewelry.
This is my own original tatting design, created as a pattern in pdf format. The pattern is for a fairly small tatted cross. In size 20 thread, the cross will measure approximately 2" wide and 2 3/4" tall.
I would call this an intermediate level tatting pattern that uses two shuttles, rings, chains, picots, joins and lock joins.
The written long-hand instructions are in English, and the pattern also contains a scan of the tatted cross with the stitch count laid over the scan. There is no pictorial diagram of the pattern.
The pattern file size is approximately 65 KB, and is in pdf format. It is necessary to have Adobe Reader on your computer in order to open this file, but you can get that program for free at