Saturday, March 2, 2019

Tatting Using Left Hand Only

A left hand only tatting demo for people with limited or no use of their right hand, inspired by the book Tatting With One Hand - Tatting for the Physically Handicapped by Helen A. Chesno.

For the demo I used size 3 thread. Although it's easy to see and good for beginners to practice with, the downside of thick thread is that it constantly requires tension adjustments and the shuttle can't hold much. Once the process is understood, I recommend moving on to a thinner thread such as size 10 or 20. The larger the number, the finer [thinner] the thread.

The pillow in this demo is a 13 inch ethafoam cookie pillow made for bobbin lacemaking.

The pins and pillow do the work of the missing hand. All other shuttle tatting techniques are the same.


Margarets designer cards said...

It’s lovely to see a disabled person tatting, just prove you can do anything with the right tools and determination

Madtatter80 said...

Yes, I agree with Margaret I pray I don't lose eyesight and use of my hands. My mother bought a beautiful table cloth long ago from a school of the blind. I always admired the workmanship in total amazement 🌻

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

You've produced another wonderful video, Marilee! I remember reading that book when I broke my wrist eleven years ago. I never did put it into practice. Instead, I focused on my physical therapy so that I could tat again. It's nice to know that there is now a resource for those with limitations who want to learn tatting.

Marilee Rockley said...

A friend of mine with Multiple Sclerosis has limited use of her right hand, while her left hand is perfectly fine. She wants to give tatting a try! So, I had to practice this method in order to be able to teach her. A challenge since I'm not left handed - but, neither is she, originally. Sometimes nature throws us a curveball.