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. In size 20 thread, this motif will measure approximately 1 1/8" wide and 1 1/2" long (without ear wires). This listing is for a pdf pattern only, not the actual tatted earrings.
I would call this an intermediate level tatting pattern that uses two shuttles, rings, chains, picots, joins, and beads. The bead work is fully explained in the pattern.
The written long-hand instructions are in English. The pattern also contains a pictorial diagram of the earring with the starting point, stitch count and bead placement - so being able to read English is not mandatory - however if you are not familiar with adding beads, the written instructions may be necessary.
The pattern file size is approximately 200 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