A method is disclosed for performing lace-like handwork using thread and at least one hand-held shuttle carrying a supply of thread.
The method comprises a knotless tatting technique involving a series of double stitches arranged along a single thread. A method is disclosed for performing lace-like handwork using thread and at least one hand-held shuttle carrying a supply of thread.
This invention features the method of producing lace-like handwork from at least one shuttle, comprising the steps of holding the work in one hand and the shuttle in the other with the connecting thread extending between the shuttle and the one hand.
The thread is first looped over the fingers of the one hand and the shuttle is passed over the loop towards the one hand and brought back through the loop and under the loose shuttle thread, pulling the shuttle back away from the work and tightening the thread.
The formed loop is then slipped on top of the shuttle thread and then slid against the work.
The operation is repeated in the reverse order to complete the double stitch.
Picots are formed by leaving spaces between double stitches and a series of double stitches may be formed into rings, the rings in turn, being joined with other rings and/or chains in various designs.
Also disclosed are products made by the tatting methods. Field of the Invention This invention relates generally to tatting and more particularly is directed towards a new and improved method for making lace-like handwork using knotless techniques and products made thereby. Description of the Prior Art Tatting is a method of making knotted lace handwork with a small, flat shuttle-shaped instrument from stout cotton thread.
The technique has been used for many years to produce decoration edging and trimming as well as for making whole pieces of lacework.
This art of tatting has remained virtually unchanged over the years and has enjoyed but limited popularity probably due to the great number of knots that must be made in producing a piece of work.
It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved tatting method which simplifies and expedites tatting procedures.
Another object of this invention is to provide a method for performing tatting work which greatly reduces the number of knots needed to produce a work of a size comparable to tat-work done by conventional techniques.
A further object of this invention is to provide novel tatted products produced by the new methods.