Tatting or Chiacchierino [kjak-kjer-ee-no] in Italian, is stylish, daring, has good design, harmony and beauty - in Italy of course!
I recently received the gift of a new book on Needle Tatting written by a Polish lady who has lived in Italy since 1999. Alicja Kwartnik of the Laboratorio di Techniche Artistiche [Workshop of Artistic Techniques] teaches Needle Tatting in the Val d'Arno Region of Tuscany where she lives.
Some friends of mine took her workshop at the Italia Invita 2009 Forum in Parma.
Alicja's love affair with the manual arts has lasted almost 40 years and her work is precise, imaginative and very attractive.
In the book there are many Tatting projects of varying difficulty. I love the towel edgings and these little sachets:
There are also many jewelry projects and the attachment of beads and crystals; bookmarks, coasters, table mats, key fobs, table centres, Christmas tree decorations, and even a summer purse pattern!
Alicja writes that she likes to use unusual materials for Tatting projects like raffia, string, crochet cotton and wool.
This book makes me want to hunt down my Tatting needle which I set aside in frustration many years ago.
Mani di Fata has several Italian pattern books for Tatting, occasionally there are patterns in RAKAM magazine as well.
For some eye candy, check out this website of a couple of Italian ladies from Apuglia. (I don't know if this is Needle Tatting or not.)
To purchase Chiacchierino ad Ago by Alicja Kwartnik, send an email to either Elena at Italian Needlecrafts or Gianfranca of Tombolo Disegni.
Thanks to Isabella for the photo of the Tatting workshop!