Transposed Tatting

Posted on June 24th, 2012


What does tatted lace have to offer beside it being purely decorative? In my quest to unravel some of the mysteries of Tatting; an ancient technique of knotting lace with the finest yarn you can imagine, I found out that this technique has lost most of its makers throughout the years. Besides the fact that we find little or no use to tatted lace anymore, this technique is often underestimated; due to the fact that tatting (as we know it in Dutch being called frivolité) carries its name as a heavy burden. One misconception I would like to unravel is the delicacy of this technique, while the finest yarns create the most complex structures; there are few things delicate about tatting. This technique is created out of continuous solid knots; hitch knots, Larks heads or Cow hitch, as the fishermen will call them.





Translating the technique into a much larger scale by using marine ropes as a yarn it will become visible what this technique has to offer besides being decorative. I wanted to help the technique get out of its comfort zone where it was doomed to continuously produce doily’s jewelry and postcard decorations. In a vision I saw gigantic marine rope fishnets thrown overboard, tatted in lacy structures, servicing the fishermen. And these big tatted fenders proudly hanging aboard the ship showing of their complex patterns. Applying a new method to work in a three dimensional way by layering and knotting the lace on top of each other, I enabled the lace to become more of an object; where lace can outgrow its one dimensional status and become as solid to create furniture.