Tatting Day 2023: Tatting Day is an international holiday observed annually on April 1. Tatting is the art of knotting threads to create delicate lace. It is one of the earliest lace-making techniques and has been practised for centuries. Tatters use specific techniques to create graceful items such as lace collars, lace edging, and doilies, among other ornamental pieces. On Tatting Day, people around the world engage in lace tatting, share their hobby with family and friends, and consume a substantial quantity of delectable chocolate.
HISTORY OF TATTING DAY
Tatting originated in the early eighteenth century. It evolved from an earlier craft known as knotting. The Chinese and Egyptians used knotting to embellish their garments. It is believed that the transition from knotting to tatting began in Italy and quickly spread throughout Europe. People, however, were slower to adopt the term ‘tatting’ and still referred to its examples as ‘knotting’
In 1843, tatting was introduced formally in a literary work. Eleonore Riego de la Branchardiere, a Frenchwoman, published a book on tatting in 1851, detailing how to create various tatting patterns. She also designed with picots as the primary motif. By the 19th century, many fashion magazines had published tatting-themed issues. In that era, women of all social classes tatted with shuttles made of inexpensively carved wood, intricately carved ivory, and gem-encrusted precious metal. Frequently, women would create exquisite lace for themselves and their families. In some artworks, women are depicted wielding a tatting shuttle or tatted lace gracefully. Tatting was a source of immense pride.
The craft is so highly esteemed that its name exists in over 70 languages. Since the late 1990s, April 1 has been a day to honour tatting and talented tatters worldwide.
TATTING DAY ACTIVITIES
Get lace tatting
What could be a better way to commemorate Tatting Day than by practising the craft? You could begin by creating tiny ribbons using only a shuttle and threads. In addition, you could participate in tatting meetups and make new acquaintances in the process.
Share via social networks
By sharing their tatted linens, the global online communities of tatters would demonstrate their devotion to the craft. You can participate in the fun by posting something you’ve created.
Consume some chocolate
No one knows the origin of the Tatting Day tradition of consuming chocolate while tatting. However, it is an excellent concept! Reward yourself with a delectable chocolate treat for your hard labour.
Five Interesting Tatting Facts
Queen Victoria cherished it
It was known that Queen Victoria of England enjoyed tatting.
Royals employed gold thread
Some aristocratic women used gold strands to create tatted laces in the previous century.
Early tatting resembled beads strung on thread.
Early tatting resembled threaded beads due to the technique’s use of successive loops.
Some transporters were constructed with bone.
Shuttles were crafted from a variety of materials, including bones.
Tatters produce jewellery
Tatters with skill create and sell tatted necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other accessories.
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