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Workshop – Intro to Tatting

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Tatting is a kind of lace handiwork that uses a small shuttle to create patterns out of a series of knots. Initially, it can be challenging to form the knots and determine the best placement of your hands. Once you’ve mastered that, you can create a large variety of projects. Historically, tatters made doilies and trim for hankies and clothing. Today, tatting projects range from holiday ornaments to jewelry to elaborate 3D creations. A lot can be accomplished with a shuttle and a ball of thread. This workshop will go over how to hold your shuttle, the tatting double stitch, picots (loops), making rings, making chains, how to read a pattern, and how to hide your ends. Bring your questions, too!

Participants who sign up for the Intro to Tatting Workshop will receive a suggested materials list. You are also welcome to come to observe and ask questions.

This series is inspired by a tatted bonnet in the Penobscot Marine Museum Collection that once belonged to Wealthy P. Nichols. To find out more about Wealthy P. Nichols, life at sea, and the history of tatting, be sure to attend the talk, “Wealthy P. Nichols’ Tatting and Life at Sea” on Zoom at 6pm on Thursday, February 16th.

To make your own bookmark (great for beginners) and circular motif inspired by the patterns in Wealthy’s bonnet, sign up for the Zoom workshop “Project Inspired by Wealthy P. Nichols’ Tatted Bonnet,” complete with mailed materials and patterns!

This program is part of a series of winter workshops and presentations that began in 2021 and explore the lives of Coastal Maine women through textiles and handicrafts in the Penobscot Marine Museum collection.

Free, suggested admission $5

Register here.


March 1
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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