tatting

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Etymology[edit]

Origin unknown. The noun appears earlier than the verb. Attested since the mid nineteenth century.

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Noun[edit]

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tatting (plural tattings)

  1. A form of looped and knotted lace needlework made from a single thread.
    • 1888, Mrs. C. E. Barron, “Report of Committees. Class No. 196—Tatting Work”, in Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Iowa State Agricultural Society, page 234:
      Best and largest collection of tatting work, not less than seven different articles, five dollars; best tatting collar, two dollars; [] best three tatting doylies, two dollars, Mrs. J. M. Junkin, Fairfield.
  2. The art of making such lace.
    • 1915, “Tatting and crocheting”, in Dry Goods Reporter, page 49:
      While crocheting is the most popular feature in art needle work, tatting has now entered the field with such vigor that crocheting does not monopolize the situation.

Verb[edit]

tatting

  1. present participle of tat

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