Many people were questioning me, how do I tatting? How do thread the tatting needle？My answer was: “If anyone who can thread the tatting needle, will be able to do tatting”
- first of all, I have to hold the needle to get the thread ready.
Thread the needle
- Hold the needle with clamps, then start the work
Sometimes I have I have to hold the needle with my third hand!
I found this instruction on Youtube. It looked very nice with that bead head. But I could not get the right sized bead for the head.
I tried with the tatting head without the right number of stitches. It didn’t work out very well.
Do you think the head for the white angle is a little too small?
It is too late for the redo! I’ll tat more stitches next time.
A challenge! I love the challenge!
After those bookmarks for our grandsons, I tatted a lace for my hat! It took me almost two weeks to finish it.
If with my caregiver Li Fen’s help, the pretty lace would lay in my treasure box forever! My hat would never look like this!
I love tatting!
When my very first tatting flower was almost finished, my caregiver asked me; “What is that for?” Suddenly I could not answer her question. She was right! What was it for? What could such a little tiny crochet thread flower for?
But I was drawn in my own happiness!
After all these years, I was a little disappointed with myself because with one hand I could not tatting anymore. Here I am with a thread tatted flower in my hand!
What am I going to do with it? I asked myself. It took only a few minutes to finish this little flower. Now it took me three hours working with so many tools. I used tatting anywhere I went, now I must work at home!
To lace my clothes? No! I won’t do that. I can’t make even my own clothes anymore!
Noteword’s bookmark flashed through my mind. I knew it won’t be so easy. The thread may be tangled! But it is worth to try! I knew I won’t tat one as beautiful and fancy as her piece! But whatever I tat, it will be my masterpiece!
Here is my half way finished bookmark!
I thought I’ll never be able to tat anymore.
Until a few days ago, Jackie, Netting with Heart posted a video:” Needle Tatting” “https://www.pinterest.com/pin/12596073937598299/” It brought me some hope!
Right away I went to Michael’s and Beverley’s to look for tatting needles. But all they have was big fat crochet needle! Anyway, I bought one.
With clamp and tweezers, I started TATTING! My heartbeats went faster!
When the very first circle was done, you can imagine how happy I was. Even it was just a small circle, it was the very first one I ever dreamed in 15 years after my stroke. I thought I would never be able to tat the rest of my life. Here I am, with a small circle I tatted. It was the very first big step of mine towards tatting dream again!
I took picture of ever step I tatted. They were my world records of tatting again. I want to keep those happy moments of how I started my most favorite craft again, the craft I thought I’ll never be able to do anymore.