Crochet vs Tatting
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Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. I realize that not everyone crochets and certainly not everyone tats. All I ask is that you please get it right when tagging your items.
As a tatter, I love to search etsy to see what the other tatters are creating, but I always seem to be bombarded by mislabeled crochet. If you've added an edging or applique to a piece that you bought at an auction or estate sale, try to make sure you know what it is. If you're not sure, there are plenty of people who can help you recognize the difference.
Tatting is made up of "rings" and "chains." It has a very distinctive look. Crochet is much more varied in its appearance.
Maybe it's just me that's annoyed by this, I'm sure most people are blissfully unaware of the difference, but I just had to get it off my chest. Thanks for reading my rant.
Posted at 12:54 pm Oct 13, 2008 EDT
You're a tatter?! Wow, my hat's off to you! I've done them all - crochet, knit, embroider, sew - but tatting is the one thing I could never get the hang of!
Re the tagging issue, I agree it would be nice if everyone could tag perfectly, but I also know that many buyers don't even know the difference between crochet and knit, much less tat. In these lean economic times people are going to try to pull in all the buyers they can, right wrong or indifferent.
Not saying it's right - just my thoughts on why it's happening.
Posted at 12:59 pm Oct 13, 2008 EDT
I don't think the problem starts on etsy. A lot of times it starts wherever someone got the edgings, doilies, etc that they add to their projects. They were told it's tatting, so they take it for granted. It's just to me that if you've seen tatting, you can tell when something is and isn't tatting. Does that make sense?
Putting four kinds of edgings you bought at an auction on a piece and saying they're four kinds of tatting when one is obviously crochet just seems almost lazy to me. I always seem to see threads in techniques and materials asking for help identifying stones or things from jewelers, but no one ever seems to ask, "Hey is this knitting or crochet?" It never hurts to ask ;)
Posted at 1:05 pm Oct 13, 2008 EDT