Following up on Tat Days 2017

The most wonderful thing about Tat Days is the networking!  For the past 7 years, I have had the privilege of meeting tatters from all over the United States, Canada and the UK.  Many of whom are marvelous persons,  experienced at the art and craft of tatting and who have influenced so many of us as we have grown in this lace form.  Wally Sosa was present this year direct from the eastern part of North Carolina. What a delightful teacher she is!!

 This year one of the Key Concepts was OYIA!!  Wally and Linda Reiff taught us several patterns using this form of tatting.  It’s a unique tatting form from Turkey which, according to one source I found locally in Asheville, doesn’t use the cotton threads so often associated with the creation of this form of lace.  Rather it relies on nylon or other synthetic threads that can be heated to secure the ends so that they don’t have to be sewn in to “hide the tails.”




These are some of the designs used in Wally’s classes and Linda’s class helped us create a lovely circular motif suitable for earrings or a broach:  

Other reference sources include the book “Needle Lace Flowers” by Figen Caldr which has a number of beautiful 3-dimensional patterns inside and is shown below.  There are also  several videos of this technique on YouTube. 


My source here in Western North Carolina created this necklace and earring set and has them for sale in her shop at the WNC Farmer’s Market


 I always enjoy myself and the company of other tatters when I go down to Tat Days – or any of the other conventions I have attended through the years.  Hat’s off to Tatting!!!


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