I have been receiving enquiries about the tatting classes eversince I put up the notice in my Facebook page about it. My class in Spotlight will be about the basic techniques of tatting. One of the questions that I was asked is what pattern will I use in my class. This has got me thinking -
Learning how to tat is not about turning up for class, make something and go back with a finished product. It is not like attending a bag-making class and you have a finished bag to take home after class. It is not about learning diffeent kinds of stitches as in embroidery, for example. To be fair, each craft has its own skill level that challenges the learner. I still can't do embroidery work. Though I can sew a bit,, I have never tried sewing a bag.
There is only 'ONE' basic stitch to learn in tatting, but that one stitch can make or break you. When first learning how to tat, it is a continuous battle between you and the thread, and in the beginning 90% of the time the thread wins. It also depends on the individual. You may get the "oh wow" moment when you get the flip after only 15 minutes of class, or continue the fight hours or days after that.
So, whenever someone asks "what am I going to teach in my class?", this is my answer,
I am not going to show you how to make something with tatting. I will be teaching you the different techniques used. Even though, there is only one stich, there are numerous techniques to learn to make the doublestitch work for you. There will be simple patterns that I will give you that are more as exercises for you to practice the techniques and improve on it. I will also teach you the different ways of reading patterns so that when you are on your own, you can look at different kinds of tatting patterns and use your new tatting skill to tat a pattern of your choice. I will give you some tips and pointers that are seldom found in books, to make it easier for you to tat and come out with a better finish.
These are what I will teach you in my class. Once you have acquired the skill, there is no stopping at what you can tat. It is just a matter of "do you want to or not".
I always feel very much appreciated and accomplished when I see the "Wow" moment in my students eyes. That is why I teach.
Now, on my curent project, a Jan Stawasz doily from his book Tatted Treasures,