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TAT (tat)

Make lacework by knotting or looping
Common clue: Use a shuttle; Work on a doily; Do lacework; Edge a doily; Make picots; Make lace; Create lace; Work with a shuttle; Knot and loop
Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year
Frequency in English language: 21409 / 86800
Tatting Demo

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting lace that can be documented approximately to the early 19th century.

Pine pattern collar in tatting.

The instrument that is used is called a shuttle. A tatting shuttle is normally a metal or plastic pointed oval shape less than 3 inches long, but shuttles come in a variety of shapes and materials. Shuttles often have a point or hook on one end to aid in the construction of the lace. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces.

Tatters may also use tatting needles instead of shuttles to make lace. A tatting needle is a long needle that does not change thickness at the eye of the needle. The needle used must match the thickness of the thread chosen for the project. Shuttle and needle-tatted lace look almost identical, but they differ in structure.

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