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Tatting is a technique
for handcrafting a
particularly durable lace
constructed by a series
of knots and loops.[1]
Tatting can be used to
make lace edging as
well as doilies, collars,
and other decorative
pieces. The lace is
formed by a pattern of
rings and chains formed
from a series of cow
hitch, or half-hitch
knots, called double
stitches (ds), over a
core thread. Gaps can be
left between the
stitches to formpicots,
which are used for
practical construction as
well as decorative
Tatting dates to the
early 19th century. The
term for tatting in
most European
languages is derived
from French frivolité,
which refers to the
purely decorative nature
of the textiles produced
by this technique. The
technique was
developed to imitate
point lace[2]
In German tatting is
called Schiffchenarbeit,
which means the work
of the little boat,
referring to the boat-
shaped shuttle, and in
Italian tatting is called
chiacchierino, which
means chatty.

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