Definition of tatting in US English:



  • 1A kind of knotted lace made by hand with a small shuttle, used chiefly for trimming.

    ‘she sat making tatting’
    • ‘Despite her failing eyesight she made prodigious amounts of lace tatting for her clothes, and for family and friends.’
    • ‘She decided to eke out a livelihood with what was once her favourite pastime, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    openwork, lacework, netting, net, tulle, meshwork, mesh, webbing
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    1. 1.1 The process of tatting.
      • ‘She had never thought tatting to be all that graceful.’
      • ‘Sara clasped her fingers tightly around the tatting shuttle and thread.’
      • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.