Celtic Needle Tatting

Celtic Needle Tatting

The InTatters October tatting challenge is to use up that thread that’s sitting in the bottom of your stash, the one that you somehow acquired and yet for whatever reason have never used.

I chose some DMC Senso Harlequin thread – a cotton and microfibre blend in variegated colours. One ball was pink/orange and the other orange/yellow. It’s a lovely soft thread but is far too thick for using a shuttle. Now that I’ve finally learnt how to needle tat the possibilities for this thread have opened right up.

For my pattern, I turned to one of Jon Yusoff’s bookmark designs – this one with overlapping chains, a hallmark of what is known as Celtic tatting. I figured that the overlap would provide a bit of extra warmth in a nice bright scarf. While the thread was a dream to tat with, the pattern was quite the head-wrecker! But I got there in the end and you can see here the results (this photo taken the day before I finished). I gorgeous, happy and rather short scarf, although it is long enough to go around my neck twice and will do the job just nicely.

As I have a fair bit of thread left over I’m looking to widen the scarf a little and so am currently scouring my books and online for the perfect edging pattern. What do you think? Should I add in more or leave it thin?