Definition of tatting in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtatɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1A kind of knotted lace made by hand with a small shuttle, used chiefly for trimming: she sat making tatting
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    • The inspiration for Lalie Douglas's newest work, Frivolité, came from a 1753 painting by Louis Tocqué that hangs in the Louvre showing a woman making a type of knotted lace called tatting.
    • She's begun adding unique touches of tatting or crocheting or ribbon work.
    • The tatting on each edge was simply an effect of elegance and care.
  • 1.1The process of making knotted lace with a small shuttle.
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    • Knitting, crocheting and tatting is not something that has always looked particularly hip when one, say, whips it out at a bar.
    • Today, this striking textile is made with a crochet hook, knitting needles, a tatting shuttle or a machine.
    • She had never thought tatting to be all that graceful.


mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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