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Tatting in resin

tatting in resin, handmade jewelry set

Tatting in resin. What is it? Perhaps I do not know the terminology very well. But the essence of the process is very accurately conveyed by these words: tatting lace frozen in resin.

Of course, fans of tatting for sure know the history of this beautiful kind of needlework. Some historians believe that the tatting technique originated in eastern countries in the 14th century! So over the years, tatting has undergone many changes and improvements. I already wrote about this in my blog. Nowadays, the art of tatting gets a new life. And this is very good! Do you agree with me?

Unfortunately, often we see antique tatting items in a deplorable state. So tatting is made of thread. The threads were not always of very high quality, I think. Alas, the threads are not very durable material. And the threads require careful care. But how to keep lace for long, long time in perfect condition? I decided to combine the old tatting technique with modern synthetic material – epoxy resin.

Oh, I had to do a lot of experiments! I messed up 1/2 liter of resin! I threw out more than 30 fragments of lace! If you are interested in how I achieved acceptable results, please write in the comments. I will make a series of articles on the topic of “tatting in resin” and share my experience without fail. The main difficulty when working with lace and resin is to achieve transparency of the resin and make very small pieces of lace. If we use big lace pieces, we need big molds. Therefore, the finished product will be bulky. Is not it? I made some patterns for little keychains. For example, “Rose Garden Alphabet.” Each letter is no larger than 1 inch. You can see this alphabet here:

Rose Garden Alphabet for tatting in resin

And I also made a short video to demonstrate some of my ideas for tatting in resin. Welcome, please!

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Lace collars for the dress

Lace collars for the dress. Yes, as the name suggests, today I want to talk … about time! What is the relationship between time and collars? Ah, these are my associations! Perhaps you will agree with me. But read my post to the end, please! If you like it, subscribe and leave comments. Philosophical thoughts are welcome! 🙂

At first – about the collars. I found a very interesting and instructive article on this topic:

Collar (clothing)

In clothing, a collar is the part of a shirt, dress, coat or blouse that fastens around or frames the neck. Among clothing construction professionals, a collar is differentiated from other necklines such as revers and lapels, by being made from a separate piece of fabric, rather than a folded or cut part of the same piece of fabric used for the main body of the garment. A collar may be permanently attached to the main body of the garment (e.g. by stitching) or detachable.

You can read this Wikipedia article. Many different types of collars, many illustrations.

There are also lace collars. Ah, gentle, delicate handmade lace! Great lace collars were worn in the second quarter of the 17th century, and also a little later, in the Victorian era.

But everything in history repeats itself. In fashion history, too, of course! And at the beginning of the 21st century, we are pleased to wear what our ancestors liked so much! Including large lace collars for the dress.

Tatting lace collars for the dress
Tatting lace collars for the dress

How fleeting is the time! We are always in a hurry, afraid to be late. How expensive is every minute of our lives! I am mentally immersed in the atmosphere of antiquity when I create my lace collars. This is a “time travel” ritual. For me, anyway. And time stops! I forget about food and water when I immerse myself in the magical world of lace. I stop following the flow of time around me. 🙂 And then comes the wonderful moment of completion. Now the lace collar is ready to meet with the usual dress. This meeting always creates the perfect outfit!

So, take a few minutes of your time and watch a short video, please! I supplemented this slide show with the magnificent music of Mozart. Hope this creates a suitable atmosphere!

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Results of the competition for tatters

Results of the competition for tatters summed up today! So I hope you enjoyed the contest and you took part in it with pleasure.

Firstly, I thank all the participants of my competition! Thanks for the great names for my new doily (your fantasy is commendable, of course!).
Secondly, I got into a rather difficult situation. It’s impossible to choose – all the names are beautiful and I like everything! Therefore, it was necessary to conduct a secret voting. Thirdly, I decided to slightly change the rules of the competition. According to the new rule results of the competition for tatters these are:


The author of the best name and the most active follower will receive as gift for tatters “Three snowflakes tatting patter” free,

SIX participants receive tatting pattern 3D Bow.

Ta-daaaaa!!!! Here are the winners:

Diane Brown – first prize;

second prizes:

Amritha Prabhu, Bebe, Jacqueline Rot, Joan Thomas , Linda Barnes, Michele Waite!!!!!!!

And finally, my new doily gets its wonderful name: Winter Glitz. Translated from German, this means Winter Shine. But I really like how it sounds in German. It is sounds bright and dazzling, like the radiance of the sun on immaculately white snow! Thank You, Diane Brown!

Results of the competition for tatters - Winter Glitz - tatting doily
Results of the competition for tatters – Winter Glitz

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Gift for tatters

Right now, a gift for tatters, who active subscribers to my blog! Want to get a gift from FairyLace? You welcome!

Only blog subscribers can participate in the prize draw.

  1. Subscribe to my blog;
  2. Give a name to my new lace doily and write this wonderful name in the comments to this post;
  3. Post a link to this post on social networks (the more links, the more chances you have for a prize!).
  4. Follow me on social networks: FB – Instagram – Twitter – Pinterest – YouTube –

The author of the best name and the most active follower will receive as gift for tatters “Three snowflakes tatting patter” free,
two second prizes – Tatting Pattern 3D Bow.

So, this is a doily that awaits a beautiful name!

Gift for tatters, pattern doily

Comments and reposts are counted until October 7, inclusive. The results will be announced on October 8th. Good luck to all!

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Goodbye Halloween, hello Christmas!

I hope your Halloween was fun! You looked amazing in exclusive jewelry? But, Goodbye Halloween! And hello Christmas!

Christmas is the most wonderful holiday! Do you agree? And you still have time to prepare unusual Christmas gifts for your family and friends. So what are they giving for Christmas?

and too gadgets, bags, funny little things, home decor and much more.

So of course, everyone would like to receive an unusual, rare gift, one of a kind and made especially for you. Is not it? You can find such personalized gifts in many stores. But do all sellers give buyers the opportunity to be creative? And now you have the opportunity to create a personalized Christmas present. Unusual snow globe can not always be glass, it turns out! Come up with a unique design and say: hello Christmas!

personalized embroidery snow globe
personalized embroidery snow globe

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Tricks tatting (cluny)

I called my post today, “Tricks tatting (cluny).” Why? Read to the end, please, and you will understand me. 🙂

In a previous post, I talked about additional tools that help me in tatting.
Thanks for the questions and comments. So, at the request of my reader, I return to this topic (very little!)
You asked me to show how I use a piece of thin wire. This is an indispensable helper for weaving cluny (leaves). You can find many articles and photos about the process of working on cluny on the Internet. But best of all, watch the video of the talented master tatting master Karen Cabrera. You will recognize her by long nails and a dazzling smile 🙂

Pay attention to a piece of thin wire. This is exactly the tatting trick that I spoke about before.

For needle tatters, a link to a video about cluny. The author of this lesson is Geogria Seitz.

And now it’s time to explain why I called this post: Tricks tatting (cluny).

Do you know that this technique is used in bobbin lace? I do not presume to say where this method originated earlier. An important fact is that all types of needlework are interconnected and complementary. Is not it?

I was struck by the extraordinary beauty of Elisa du Sud’s creations , in which cluny were used many, many, many times!

Of course, I was so inspired that I could not resist! These are my little tatting pieces ( based on Elisa du Sud’s patterns).

tatting, cluny

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Front and back side tatting

Does front and back side tatting? Oh yes of course! Are you surprised? Often novice tatters do not pay attention to this nuance. However, following this rule will help you make your lace more neat and presentable. Want to test yourself? Look carefully at these photos. Which of these earrings do you think is right? You can write your option in the comments, please!

The correct earrings in photo 1 and 4. Let’s see what is wrong with earrings 2 and 3? All rings in earrings 2 and 3 are made wrong, unfortunately. Therefore, picots at the rings in these cases look messy. Compare lilac earrings with red earrings. The difference is obvious! Do you agree?

I do not get tired of repeating this rule to my students, and I always write this reminder in the instructions for my patterns:

When making the double stitches on the back side, make the second half of the second stitch fixture and the first half of the double stitch next

So, if you are not yet using this rule in your tatting, try it! I am sure you will like the new look of your lace. Such work requires more focus and attention, of course. But it’s worth it. Because the front and back side of your tatting will turn out perfect! But again, each tatter chooses a method that he likes best.

I want to draw your attention to the following fact. I did not come up with this method, of course. This method has existed for a long time. Not everyone pays attention to the differences as a result of the first and second method.
This is an excerpt from Book 6 “Tatting Talk: A Self-Improvement Guide for Tatters” Needle Tatting Basics Part 2 by Georgia Seitz revised 6-21-98:
Remember, if you prefer the all right side up look, just do the half stitches in reverse order.
And, of course, I suggest visiting the blog from Frivole: The article is very interesting and reveals deeper terminology (I did not try to make my post so professional).

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Additional tools for tatting

In a previous post, I told you about how to choose tools for tatting. I hope you made a choice, and my experience has helped you! Today we will continue this topic. So I promised to talk about additional tools that I use for tatting.

First, you will need scissors, be sure! Oh, how hard it is to control yourself! There are an infinite number of different scissors, and almost all of them are really beautiful. But believe me, it’s enough for you to buy one or two scissors, this is quite enough (you can three … ha ha!). And it is better to choose small scissors with short blades.

Secondly, knitting markers. You can use paper clips. I often take paper clips, they are thin and do not make large “holes” at lace.

Thirdly, a sewing needle is useful. It is better to choose a thin needle with a wide eye. Nobody likes to hide the ends of threads after weaving, but … we have to, right? I’m sure, if you have a “strong character” and you tightly tighten the double stitch , so you will need pliers ( very small !)! Check out my video on how to use pliers, welcome.

Fourth, do not forget about the hooks! You may have chosen shuttle with hooks, or tatting needles. It is wonderful! But three or four crochet hooks are very useful. Take different sizes of hooks for different thicknesses of threads. Hooks will help when connecting weaving elements. Very good hook for working with beads. I bought the most thin that I found.

Fifth, stock up on needle threaders. You can take the simplest. With my poor eyesight, the needle threader is an indispensable helper.

Sixth, for beginner tatters (and for experienced ones too), a templates for picots is very necessary. You can take a “tatting needle and picot gauge”. But I do not like bulky tools. I use homemade cardboard templates. You can make them as many as you like, any width and length!

Seventh, I have another “magic” instrument – an ordinary very thin wire. With its help, the variant of leaves (cluny) is woven. And the wire can be used as a hairpin when stringing beads and beads on a thread.

I am sure that each craftswoman has her favorite additional tools for tatting. Tell us about it in the comments, please. Subscribe to my blog. Comment and ask questions. I will be happy to help with tips! And of course, do not forget to visit my store, welcome!

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How to choose tools for tatting

How to choose tools for tatting? An important question, isn’t it? But first ask yourself what type of tatting you want to do. Choose shuttle tatting , needle tatting or cro-tatting. I wrote here details about the three types of tatting : Now let’s talk in detail about each instrument.

If you chose to shuttle, buy 2 pieces to get you started. At first this will be enough for you. Which shuttle is better to choose? I do not know! Each tatters decides for herself what she likes best. But I will share my experience of weaving with different shuttles.

1.Tatting Shuttle

Tatting Shuttle with hook and bobbin is very attractive. They combine a hook and a shuttle. It’s comfortable. Because it takes less time to connect the elements. And you can easily thread wound on the bobbin. But the plastic bobbin break very soon and stop being fixed in the shuttle. The thread unwound and you need to fix the thread with your fingers when tying knots. And hook can break off, alas.

The most popular are plastic shuttles “with spout”. These are my favorite shuttles. They come in different sizes, different colors, different quality of plastic … The choice is diverse! But you must use a crochet hook if you want to achieve a very close connection between the elements. Because the “spout” can stretch a small picot.

Also it is good to use classic shuttles, but with the crochet hook too.

Wooden tatting shuttles. I have cherry wood and golden oak. Very beautiful, light, comfortable. You can buy shuttles from any tree, even exotic ones. Wooden shuttles are more expensive than plastic shuttles, of course. But they are worth it, believe me!

I do not recommend using metal shuttles. They are heavy, the hook is uncomfortable. Very quickly, the latch on the case broke. Not subject to repair. I had to throw it away. Maybe I’m just out of luck?

2. Tatting needle.

If you have chosen the type of tatting with a needle, pay attention to two attributes. First, the needle should not thicken at the end. This will help to make the weave more dense, not stretch the knots. Secondly, the needle should not be sharp so as not to puncture or scratch your fingers.

And in some cases you will have to use a crochet hook to make the perfect connection of the elements. I have never tried wooden needles. But I’ll think about buying them, maybe. And then I will share with you my experience.

3. Cro-tatting.

Tatting hooks are special. Do not try to use ordinary hooks for crocheting. Take a closer look, see the difference?

In my opinion, the most convenient hooks for tatting are Takashimabari hooks.

I hope this post will make it easier for you to choose tools for tatting! Next time I will talk about additional tools that I use when weaving.
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Tatting little tricks

You already know that I like to use different little tricks for tatting. And today is another tatting little trick for you, my dear readers!

Nobody likes to hide threads after weaving. Is not it? I also do not like! Therefore, I try to leave as few trimmed threads as possible. For example, I made this doily WITHOUT CUTTING THREADS completely. In this case, I used split rings and split chains.

Do you think this is difficult? Not at all! Start by connecting the first and second rows of any doily. Often, patterns begin with one ring. For example, like here:

This is a fragment of the tatting pattern of the Japanese master Yusai Shokoin.

First, try not to cut the thread after the first row, use a split ring. And you can watch this process on my YouTube channel. By tradition, I am doing a video lesson for three types of tatting: tatting shuttle, tatting needle and cro-tatting.
Maybe, you may not using split ring very well. In this case, a detailed video tutorial on this topic will come in handy, I think!

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