At work the other day I was waiting on decisions to be made and changes to be done by a couple of other people. I was listening and doing my part in the job but only so many people can fit in one small area at a time. While standing there I noticed a few thin wires on the floor that had been the tail of some cable or other. As they hadn’t quite made it to the trash yet I picked them up and started fiddling with them instead of throwing them away. Noticing the size, color and length I tried tatting with them.
I made the ring on the right first, then a smaller ring that didn’t close. With another couple of scrap wires, one green the other white, I made the rings with the chain between. I even joined the rings though I had not left a picot. There was still a lot of white wire left which I wound around the wire tails of the first two rings. I did not try tatting that part, my fingers were already feeling the strain of working with wire.
No, I did not use a shuttle to work with the wire, I finger tatted it. The shuttle is only for reference to the size of the wire tatting. The wire is about 24 gauge but due to the stiffness does not tat small. I made the white chain using direct tatting but the rings I did normally.
I knew that tatting with wire could be done; I’ve tried before but never with coated wire. It was challenging but fun. I don’t think I’d want to make any large project out of it though – talk about hard on the hands!
“Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.” William Ralph Inge www.brainyquote.com