Everyone is welcome in this beginner class, where Judy will teach the basics of using a tatting shuttle and thread. Tatting, an age-old handwork, consists of making rings from the shuttle thread and chains from the ball thread. Together, these rings and chains can be used to make ornaments, doilies, bookmarks, jewelry, 3-D tatted pictures, and many other fine lace items. You will learn the technique of the double-stitch, which has two complementary slip-knots. Tatting is a great embellishment for heirloom pieces. Judy will provide thread and shuttles for students to purchase. There is a small materials fee, payable to the instructor.
Instructor Judy Hansen learned the art of tatting from her mother, Judith Lind, who demonstrated tatting many years at Vesterheim and at Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota. Judy has been tatting for 22 years and enjoys demonstrating and giving classes. Tatting is not really “a lost art,” and she wants to see this unique art continue, especially encouraging younger people! Dave, her husband of 54 years, is also a very good tatting technique demonstrator. In September 2019, they will be celebrating 30 years' demonstrating and selling in their booth at Høstfest. Joining them will be their three sons, their wives, and young grandson, all demonstrating as part of the Hansen Family Tatting Heritage.