Make Your Own Tatting Needles

After seeing TotusMel's work, I decided I wanted to learn Tatting, too. First I tried with a Shuttle, but Tatting with a Shuttle is SO different from Tatting with (what I saw) a needle! So I started looking for needles online. But just about all needles cost about 15 Euros! 8S Than I remembered I still had a lot of clay, from making clay beads for necklaces a few years ago. These were perfect for making my own Tatting needles! So I kneaded, and kneaded, until I had made 2 different sizes of needles. I put my new self made clay needles in the oven for 15 minutes, at a temperature of 150 Degrees Centigrade, and than I had my own, new, self made Tatting needles!



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    3 Discussions

    Sherri Bertrand

    2 years ago

    I don't mean to be mean in telling you this, but there is no way that you can use this needle for tatting. the eye of the needle is way way way to big. You cant pass the threads through the already made double stitches unless your stitches are extremely loose, which will produce sloppy results. Plus, if you drop it, you are out a needle.

    Tatting needles are made for tatting. The eye of the needle in the better tatting needles are grooved so that the needle will pass through with ease. Also the tip of the needle is blunt to prevent you from sticking yourself. The better needles are made to match the threads that you are using. A number 5 tatting needle is the same width as a number 10 thread, When used together, they will produce the prettiest results. Keep this in mind for when you want to make the investment into tatting.

    If you want to try tatting just a few stitches, you can use any old needle, just make sure that it matches the needle width as close as possible to get the best results. Ive even done this with using a pencil as the needle just to show people how easy it is to make the stitch. If you want to do one of these projects and still do not want to make the initial investment, best to use a doll making needle or an apolstery needle because you will need the length to complete the stitch. But keep in mind that the needle will not slide through the double stitches as easily as a tatting needle.

    If you decide to continue to tat asking for these as a christmas, birthday, mothers day gift, ppreferably with some balls of tatting thread and tatting books. Anyways, I look forward to seeing your work!!!



    3 years ago

    Doesn't the clay needle break? Tatting needles are very expensive as you say but I found long doll making needles on Ebay UK for around 2.00. I filed the pointy end down a bit and voila!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea. :) I can shuttle tatting, never tried to needle tatting.