- A tatting needle – these are available in various sizes. They resemble a large tapestry needle, with an eye to take the thread, and a blunt end
- Crochet thread, or similar
As with other thread-based activities, the size of the needle and the thickness of the thread will affect the finished result. Your stitches – double and single – will make up the chain and ring effects that are the basis of all needle tatting.
The knots and ties are created by using the needle in one hand, and your fingers on the other hand. These knots wrap around the needle until you push them off, and tie them into ring or loop arrangements.
Many needle tatting sites have video tutorials that you can follow, as well as graded patterns, and inspiration for freestyle designs when you become more proficient. Offline, you may wish to find a teacher that can set you on the right path – although needle tatting is growing in popularity all the time, these can be few and far between. However, don’t be discouraged; like all crafts, there’s nothing like trial and error, and learning as you go, to give you real confidence and fluency in your work.
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