Friday, July 25, 2014


One fiber art done rarely in Amana now is tatting. It is the art of knotting lace with a small shuttle.  Knotting was done since ancient Egypt, done by sailors, and fisherman. Later, fine  threads were used to make it attach to garments of royalty and became popular in Europe, eventually coming to Amana.  In the tatting process, one of the knot loops is left longer forming what is known as a picot.  Single or double threads could be used.  Tatted lace can still be found on the edges of church caps.  Doilies, cross-shaped bookmarks were also made with great patience as mistakes were hard to unknot so those are kept to a minimum

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