Pretty Things

As I add tatting to my repertoire of fiber arts hobbies, it means that more yarn/thread joins an already overflowing stash. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know my stash is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is adding to it.

At last check, I had 12 Rubbermaid totes, each one stuffed full of yarn, roving, and embroidery floss in all colors and materials. Then there are two bookshelves full of cone yarn. And I added one of those Sterilite 5 drawer chests the other day, which is also full up. There are still a couple bags of yarn floating about my studio that remain homeless, and two outstanding orders of mercerized cotton yarn that have yet to arrive on my doorstep.

But I had to have some #10 crochet thread with which to tat, right? So I added a few balls of Aunt Lydia to the stash in whatever colors I could find locally. There wasn’t much in the way of variety.

Then…then I found Tatted Treasures and her series of tatting lessons for absolute beginners.  In lesson four, she mentions her favorite stores for tatting purchases, which naturally meant I had to click on those links to see what there was to see. And I discovered the most beautiful. Thread. EVER.

The brand name is Lizbeth, and the colors are so shiny and vibrant. The jewel tones are actually jewel tones. I ordered a specialty pack of four balls, and I can’t wait for them to come in. I haven’t come across this brand locally, or I’d have waited and gotten it today. I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with this thread that they’d be willing to share in the comments section? I’d really like to know how well it holds up!

Another brand of thread mentioned in one of the countless videos I watched on YouTube is Curio. This one, too, is very pretty, and, again, not available locally, unless it’s in some obscure store I haven’t run across yet.

I’d really appreciate comments from anyone that has used these brands, or any others, for tatting. Being a complete novice, I don’t know what other brands are available other than Aunt Lydia’s until I run across references to them!


7 comments on “Pretty Things

  1. Lizbeth is great and I love their colour selection. I have seen some complaints about faults in the thread, but I haven’t come across any.
    It really does matter what thread you use – the soft and fuzzy stuff never looks good.
    There is an online tatting class if you are interested, with a beginners class. It’s nice to chat to other tatters, even if only via text on a screen. 😉
    Some great free patterns and information on techniques at
    There is a very helpful community at http://www.craftree.com/

    Looking forward to seeing you around. Happy tatting! :-)))


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