Recently I attended a lace group.  A lady that teaches tatting was there and was pretty much appalled at my tatting method or technique.  She told me to never teach anyone to tat. Another lady said "You think if someone wanted to learn to tat she should tell them no?"  Of coarse her answer was no that I should teach anyone that wants to learn.

This conversation, which I can't stop thinking about, has done nothing but lead me to ask more questions.  So I started searching the internet and cannot find a video or pictures of how I tat.  I never loop the shuttle thread around my shuttle hand or my ball thread hand before making a stitch.  

This is how I taught to make a ring, the thread is wrapped my hand and pinched with thumb and forefinger. Then with the shuttle hand, the thread coming off the shuttle is held with my last three fingers, my thumb and index are holding the shuttle. The words she used to teach me the motion of the shuttle were, the bunny hops under and over the log then jumps into the hole.  hahah Sounds funny saying it at this age.

Please don't tell me I am tatting wrong, I got enough of that to last a life time.  Also I believe there are different ways of getting the same outcome. This is the way I was taught and I have been doing it since the 80's so I am not going to change my method. This method is ingrained into me at this point. Sorry I wanted to get this out so it won't end up being the conversation because it seems to always go back there.

Here are my questions:

How many shuttle tatting methods are out there?

Do different styles of tatting have anything to do with regions? 

Is there an old style or new modern techniques?

What method am I using? 

Thanks for reading this and taking the time to reply. :)

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It would be interesting to know if different styles originated from certain regions.

I agree with the others, there are so little of us, that it is hard to be shown personally and if it works, go for it.  You tube on Google is free and many people demonstrate tatting techniques. I too along with many others replies have teaching tutorials on there. I also learned a faster method by watching them tat. It's worth checking into just make sure you punch in "Tatted lace" if English otherwise you get a body tattoo stuff.

However you tat (even if you stand on your head to do it) is the right way for you.  I tatted for about twenty years until a lady I taught to tat showed me a better way (slip and slide).  It took me a few days to 'train the brain' to do it that way and I never went back to my old habits.  Whatever you do - carry on with how you tat and anybody you teach will find their  own way.  Save our craft!!!

We will never know where and how the methods of manipulating the shuttles developed. I am just glad that there are enough methods to use that everyone will find one to suit them. For economy of motion, I agree with Jane that the "slip and slide" method works very well.

http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/holdshuttle.pdf

For a really good study of the hand positions of tatters today, please view: http://www.palmettotatters.org/items/

Tatting Hands DVD 
An amazing collection of over 30 different styles of tatting. It begins with a few minutes on How-to-Tat and then 80 minutes of outstanding tatting with a surprise ending! “There is no one way to tat,” says Georgia Seitz, the narrator. “The joy is in the journey and our hands take us all the way.” 
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To see a 3.5-minute sampling, click here.
Smaller file (2.5MB) http://www.palmettotatters.org/fundraisers/TattingHandsSample100K.wmv
or
Larger file (12MB) http://www.palmettotatters.org/fundraisers/TattingHandsSample512K.wmv

Formats
1) The DVD will be a format for the US and Canada (NTSC). It will play in a computer and a stand-alone DVD player. Cost: $15. 
2) The Windows Media File will be for outside the US. It will play on any computer with Windows Media Player. Cost: $12.

Hi

Have you seen the book  " The complete book of tatting" by Rebecca Jones? In that book she has 6 methods of tatting. I do not tat any of the 6 ways. I show ladies that want to tat, the way I tat. I tell them I do not care how they make the double stich as long  it works. If they can make it with there nose and toes that is find. In the end it is double stich that maters. I think every ones hands work differently.

 DON,T let any one stop you from showing people some how to tat. Tatting is a every hard thing to learn, so I encourage any one that wants to learn. Teach them how it works for you and they will find what works for them. KEEP UP THE TEACHING.

 Ruth


Thank you Georgia I enjoyed the video.


Georgia Seitz said:

We will never know where and how the methods of manipulating the shuttles developed. I am just glad that there are enough methods to use that everyone will find one to suit them. For economy of motion, I agree with Jane that the "slip and slide" method works very well.

http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/holdshuttle.pdf

For a really good study of the hand positions of tatters today, please view: http://www.palmettotatters.org/items/

Tatting Hands DVD 
An amazing collection of over 30 different styles of tatting. It begins with a few minutes on How-to-Tat and then 80 minutes of outstanding tatting with a surprise ending! “There is no one way to tat,” says Georgia Seitz, the narrator. “The joy is in the journey and our hands take us all the way.” 
Comments

To see a 3.5-minute sampling, click here.
Smaller file (2.5MB) http://www.palmettotatters.org/fundraisers/TattingHandsSample100K.wmv
or
Larger file (12MB) http://www.palmettotatters.org/fundraisers/TattingHandsSample512K.wmv

Formats
1) The DVD will be a format for the US and Canada (NTSC). It will play in a computer and a stand-alone DVD player. Cost: $15. 
2) The Windows Media File will be for outside the US. It will play on any computer with Windows Media Player. Cost: $12.

Because I have bad hands, I do not hold my shuttle or thread like most people do. It works for me and my tatting comes out just fine. There are always ways to do things differently. You have to do what makes you comfortable.

Shirley, I just watched your video and had to laugh - this is how I learned to tat from a library book, too!  I eventually met a live person who tatted so fast I was awestruck.  She showed me how to reduce the number of motions by looping the shuttle thread, and I quickly picked that habit up - but I was tatting just like you for 20 years first, and never had any complaints about the quality of my work, so THERE!  You GO, SHIRLEY!

I can't believe anyone would be daft enough to say your method is wrong. - different, perhaps, - but if you are a successful tatter - then it can't be wrong!  I am so sorry you have had this awful comment going around in your head.  I know what it is like, - and it is so hard to get clear of it.

How does it matter if you do it a bit differently - if it achieves the correct result? Grrrrrrrr! People like her need a good kick up the ***!!!!!!  I wonder what her method was like!  I bet your tatting looks as good as anything she produces.

I wonder what she would think of my efforts!!!!  I am self taught from a Penelope pattern book, way back in the 1950s, and have just gone back to it again after many years of doing other things - like bobbin and needle lace, filet lace, and knotted lace. the pattern book is showing its age! (as I am!!), but I still have my original shuttle! 

Just enjoy your tatting, - and try to forget that nasty remark. It shows Her ignorance, not yours!

They have  posted a little preview online for my first ever videos for shuttle and needle tatting:

http://craftdaily.com/p-1584-shuttle-tatting-the-basics-and-more-wi...

You can see how I tat.Jane Eborall calls my method "slip and slide"because I never take my fingers off the shuttle. She prepared a tutorial for it, too.

http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/holdshuttle.pdf

I taught myself to tat from a short article in a needlework magazine that had illustrations.  When I went to my first Ring of Tatters Day in the UK back in the 90s, some very kind experts gently explained that I would find it easier if I used a different method, and they showed me the 'slip and slide' method referred to above. It was a lot easier to do it the new way and I appreciated them being so welcome to a young (at the time) newcomer.  I have never done much tatting but that's still how I do it.

As a side note, I attempted to teach my husband to tat as an experiment, because I was considering leading a beginners class in tatting at a knitting retreat I was going to. It was an abysmal failure - my hands can instinctively turn the knot from muscle memory but I couldn't demonstrate it in any understandable way!

Teaching is harder than learning, Sharon. But don't give upon your DH.Take 2 different color threads and demonstrate the chain. Slowly, let him see where the flip happens. I use this method on beginners every time.

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