Prayer for Ukraine. My tears and pain are the pain and tears of all the mothers of Ukraine.
I apologize for the “unlace” post. But I can’t be silent. On 2022 February 24, Russian troops occupied Ukraine. That’s what all the media say. It is not true! Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, taking over the Crimean parliament and establishing its own dictatorship. The whole world remained silent, believing Putin’s statement that he was “saving” the Russians living in Crimea. Vile lies! He was preparing a military base for an attack on the rest of our country. For the transfer of military equipment, the Crimean bridge was built.
For 8 years, Russian troops have been shelling our Donbass and Lugansk, killing our civilians and depriving them of shelter over their heads. But Putin said – there are no Russian troops there. This is an outright deception! Why did the leaders of European states and America believe him? This silence and non-resistance to evil led to a huge disaster – Russian troops invaded Ukraine. This is a real war. The whole world sees this, but Putin says – I was forced to attack Ukraine so that NATO would not attack Russia. It’s not just a lie, it’s nonsense!
And now the decisive moment has come when every inhabitant of the Earth must make a choice – choose his side. I choose truth, independence and freedom! I choose Ukraine!
Every inhabitant of my country helps the fight against the invaders. Not everyone has to take up arms. It can be a medical bag, a post on the Internet with the TRUTH, and financial assistance.
I will be immensely grateful to everyone who comments on my post, shares a link on social networks or makes a purchase of pattern in my store. Because I send part of the money I earn to support the Ukrainian army.
To do or not to do, that is the question! Or again about the front and back sides of tatting.
Hello, everyone! Today I want to touch again on the topic of front and back side of tatting. Ah, don’t get angry and don’t throw slippers at me! This dispute reminded me of the dispute between midgets from the novel by Jonathan Swift. On which side should the egg be cracked? I don’t think it matters. Because it is important to get to the delicious middle! Of course, every tatter is free to do as you like. But how I always want to get a “delicious”, beautiful, tender and perfect result!
I personally prefer to always distinguish between the front and back of my work. It’s probably a habit. This is especially true when you need to connect rows of different colors. I am sure you will agree with me, because if the connection is wrong, the product may not look very beautiful. But we strive for perfection, don’t we?
In the first case, the connection is correct. Light threads do not peek out between the green ones.
And in the second case, the light thread is a small strip between the green ones.
But sometimes, you may need just such “wrong” strokes. After all, the fantasy of tatters is limitless and who knows what else we can come up with! So, decide for yourself, to do or not to do the front or back side of tatting! And as another argument, watch my video, please. Subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow my blog, welcome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98FYbzTfzZE&list=UU3dn4_9pp7tIKA2k564wLBQ
Our family fireplace parties, or my granddaughter’s amazing tatting ideas.
Hello, everyone! Oh, what a pity that the Holidays end so quickly! Our children and grandchildren are returning to their homes. But we look forward to their new visits and fondly remember our family “Fireplace Parties”. Look how fun the fire is blazing in the fireplace! You can look at the flames for an infinitely long time. Do you agree?
My granddaughter loves these evenings the most. And sometimes I wonder what ideas come to her mind! Once, looking at the Christmas tree outside the window (yes, spruces grow near our house!), My Maria said: “Grandma, can you make a wreath for the Christmas tree? But I want it to look like my braided pigtails!” “Ah, nothing is impossible!” Grandma replied.
The next time the fire in the fireplace inspired my Angel. She wanted to get a bracelet that looked like a flame. I tried hard! Do you think it looks like fire?
And of course, I wanted you to be able by the fireplace, feeling cozy and weaving a beautiful fiery-colored bracelet for your loved ones, to give a piece of your heart warmth along with a “fiery” bracelet! Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can always turn on internet videos! A detailed tutorial check in my store, please: https://fairylace.kozinenko.com/product/pattern-celtic-bracelet-fireplace-party/
By the way, Maria shared with me another idea. But for now, it’s a secret! I need time to fulfill her fantasies with my tatting, as always.
What family traditions do you have? Share in the comments, please. After all, it is incredibly interesting and fun!
Outgoing year results, or how to fulfill your creative plans.
Hello, everyone! First, I want to congratulate all of you with the upcoming new year 2022! And with all my heart I wish you health, prosperity, success, peace and love! As well as new creative plans and their implementation.
By the way, a little about the plans. At the beginning of the year, I set myself a difficult task – to create 70 patterns, tutorials or master classes. Yes! I did it, hurray! 2 hours before the new year, I finished and posted the 70th pattern in my store! This cute pattern is called ” Waves of Music”: https://fairylace.kozinenko.com/product/edging-pattern-wave-of-music/
Of course, among my works there were patterns of varying complexity. For example, I created some works in 4-5 days, “in one breath”, I hope you understand me! And some required many changes and alterations. This makes me sad, but I always try to keep the pattern concise and “perfect”.
Please write your opinion in the comments. 70 patterns per year, is that a lot or a little? How long does it take you to create a pattern? Is this process always fast and smooth? It is very important for me to hear your opinion, please.
Oh, I almost forgot! There were 2 more free patterns available on my blog! I overfulfilled the plan, so I’ll allow myself an extra piece of New Year’s cake!
So, my personal outgoing year results made me happy! Of course, this happened thanks to your support, kind words and attention to my work. You always inspire me. And this is priceless, of course.
Christmas greetings for tatters and my best wishes for all my readers, followers and friends!
My dear talented tatters! Today is a very short post. But very sincere and sincere! I sincerely congratulate all the masters, beginners and just connoisseurs tatting Merry Christmas! May Guardian Angel Wing always rustles over you and let a bright guiding star will illuminate your path! Health, peace, love and happy creativity!
My Christmas greetings to tatters and my best wishes for all my readers, followers and friends! Elena
Shuttle tatting for needle. Free snowflake sample.
I am often asked if it is possible to use patterns for a shuttle when working with a needle, or vice versa. Yes, of course, such patterns have very small differences. And now I will try to show you these differences.
Hopefully this will be a nice gift for all tatters (no matter what tool you use!)
So, you’ll need a white thread (thread thickness doesn’t really matter, but I used # 40), a shuttle or needle (whichever you prefer), a crochet hook (for easy and neat connection), and scissors. You can also use a 4, 6, and 8 mm picot gauge. Also, you may be interested in reading an article on my blog about which picot gauge I use.
I have divided the page into three columns, as you will see next. In the left column there is an instruction for the shuttle, in the right one for the needle. The central column is occupied by graphic diagram and photo of process. Thus, you will clearly see that the same pattern is used for both methods.
By the way, I didn’t think of a name for this snowflake. Please write your options in the comments!
If you have any questions, I will answer in the comments without fail.
Hopefully this makes it easier for you to navigate the patterns. After all, we examined in detail the topic this theme!
Tatting with netting needle, or how I use unusual tools.
Hello everyone! Thanks everyone for supporting my blog! Also, I thank you for the many answers to my question about the tatting tools you use. Today I want to tell you in detail about the wonderful netting needle tool.
So, first, a little story. When I started tatting, I gradually mastered new tools and new techniques. Oh, this is very interesting! Besides, new knowledge does not allow our brain to “stop”, ha ha! Once I saw amazing photos of Celtic patterns and decided I needed to do it. But how to do it? You will understand that the shuttle cannot be threaded through very small closed pieces. Therefore, another tool I needed. I used a weaving needle as a shuttle. I also tried long plastic celtic weave shuttles. It all works, of course. You will probably agree with me that the Internet is a super invention. How else would I see the mesh weaving kit? Unfortunately, then in our country there was not such a variety of accessories for needlework. And we have not even heard of online shopping!
So, I saw what I needed. I even found out the name of this instrument and told my sister about it. You cannot even imagine my delight and my gratitude to my little sister when I received a package from her with gifts. Oh, it was a real treasure! I unpacked and took out threads, stabilizers, scissors, tatting needles, templates for kumihimo and so on (the list is very long). And at the bottom of the box, I saw two netting needle kits!
I liked the set on the left better. because the ends of the tool are neater here and it is easy to wind the thread around them.
The needle has a small hole for tying the beginning of the thread.
But it turned out I can use this needle for tatting with beads too. This is very convenient because a huge amount of booster threads can be placed on this needle.
Hello, everyone! My regular readers know how much I love experiments. I love using new tools or materials. I also really like finding new tatting weaving techniques. When I create my patterns, I always try to make them original, understandable and usable. But I love it when my customers make their own changes and additions to my work. Ah, I keep repeating: creativity is welcome!
My model of earrings is called Snow. These are the white earrings in the photo. And the second photo was kindly provided by Christy. I am delighted with her version! The beads and the color of the threads are reminiscent of the glittering drops of melting snow on the first spring flowers, isn’t it?
And in these photos my 3D Bow pattern and a completely unexpected version of Christy . She combined two bows into an original brooch, bravo!
When I was creating the Mandala doily pattern, I could not even imagine that it could be a wonderful dream catcher! Look at the beauty of Dawn!
Finally, my favorite collar is Sea Glass. Elena made her own version, complementing the collar with large beads and small details along the edge of the collar. It is amazing!
Of course, I can talk about my customers endlessly! These are extraordinarily lovely ladies and very talented tatting masters. But I hasten to tell you about my new video. The topic of the video tutorial is how to make a ring on a chain. And, naturally, I tried to show my creativity and shot 5 ways.
This is the traditional way for two shuttles. In my opinion, in this case, the ring on the chain look perfect.
You can try this motif with one shuttle and one ball. Of course it will look like a chain-ring-chain. But why not?
And this method is for tatting with a needle. I think you will like it. So, if you do not knot after half of the chain and after the ring, it almost looks like a classic ring on a chain. Do you agree?
In this method I used knots and it is very similar to method 2 for the shuttle. But you do not have to cut the thread and change the needle. Of course, this method has its pros and cons!
And this method looks perfect, in my opinion. You can use two needles. By the way, do not forget that both needles must be the same thickness. But you can do this with just one needle. Of course, in this case, after the first half of the chain, pull the thread out of the needle, then weave a ring on this needle. Then pull the thread out of the needle again and weave the other half of the chain. Sounds complicated? It’s actually very simple, you should try it! I say: don’t be afraid to experiment!
How to read tatting patterns, or how I write my tatting tutorials
Hello everyone! I recently received an email asking me to help my FB friend learn to read tatting patterns. Oh, this is a very broad topic! Of course, I’ll try not to tire you too much! But I have prepared several versions of instructions that are in the books on tatting by different authors. So, the diagram we are going to look at today is very simple. I created this snowflake specifically for this post.
Before we start weaving, let’s take a look at a few example instructions. Of course, before starting work, you must carefully learn the Abbreviation. Some terms may differ from another author, but the basic elements are always the same. These are Ring, Chain and Picot. I am not covering more complex elements in this pattern. I will not name the authors who I took as templates for writing instructions for ethical reasons. You will need: two shuttles or a tatting needle, white thread # 10, a crochet hook, scissors and a good mood!
Abbreviation: Number = number of double stitches between the picots, R = ring, C = chain, + = joining, 1 X 4 = 1 – 1 – 1 – 1, 2 X 6 = 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2, – = picot Number of shuttles: One, and second thread Row 1 Shuttle 1: R: 5 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 5. Repeat 3 times. Row 2: Shuttle 1:R: 2 – 1 X 4 – 2 + 6 – 2. R: 2 + 6 + 2 – 1 X 4 – 2. Shuttle 2: C: 3 – 2 – 2 – 2. R: 2 + 2 X 6 – 2. C: 2 + 2 – 2 – 3. Shuttle 1: R: 5 + 5. Shuttle 2: C: 3 – 2 – 2 – 2. R: 2 + 2 X 6 – 2. C: 2 + 2 – 2 – 3. Repeat 3 times.
I really like these instructions for their brevity. But I think you will agree with me that it is too difficult for beginner tatters. You may ask: where does the work start, when to turn the work? This is where the difficulty lies.
Abbreviations: R = ring, cl = close, Ch = chain, – = picot, rv = reverse work, DNR = do not reverse, + = join Row One: R: 5 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 5 cl DNR Repeat 3 times. Row Two: ✼ R: 2 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 2 + ( to Ring of Row 1) 6 – 2 cl DNR R: 2 + ( to previous Ring) 6 + ( to next Ring of Row 1 ) 2 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 2 cl rv Ch: 3 – 2 – 2 – 2 DNR R: 2 + ( to previous Chain ) 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 cl DNR Ch: 2 + ( to previous Ring ) 2 – 2 – 3 rv R: 5 + ( to Ring of Row 1 )5 cl rv Ch: 3 – 2 – 2 – 2 DNR R: 2 + ( to previous Chain ) 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 cl DNR Ch: 2 + ( to previous Ring ) 2 – 2 – 3 rv Repeat from ✼ 3 times.
In my opinion, there is no need to write “close” at the end of each Ring. After all, we see at the beginning of the combination that we need to make a ring. Thus, this Ring will be closed anyway. Perhaps you know of any cases where the ring is not closed? But will this element then be called a ring? However, these instructions indicate at the end of each element whether or not to reverse the work. This is a plus, no doubt.
Abbreviations: Ds – double stitch, R – ring, cl – close, Ch – chain, p – picot, jp = join Row One: R: 5ds, 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 5, cl Repeat 3 times. Row Two: ✼ R: 2 ds, p, [1ds, p] 4 times, 2ds, jp to Ring of Row 1, 6 ds, p, 2ds, cl R: 2ds, jp to previous Ring, 6ds, jp to next Ring of Row 1, 2 ds, p, [1ds, p] 4 times, 2ds, cl C: 3ds, p, [2 ds, p] 2 times, 2ds R: 2ds, jp to previous Chain, [2ds, p] 6 times, 2ds, cl C: 2ds, jp to previous Ring , 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 3ds, rv R: 5ds, jp to Ring of Row 1, 5ds, cl C: 3ds, p, [2 ds, p] 2 times, 2ds R: 2ds, jp to previous Chain, [2ds, p] 6 times, 2ds, cl C: 2ds, jp to previous Ring , 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 3ds, rv Repeat from ✼ 3 times.
This tutorial is good too, no doubt! Have you noticed that the instructions we reviewed were NOT accompanied by graphical diagrams? Of course, you can look at the photo of the finished snowflake and follow the instructions. But I prefer to combine instruction and graphical diagram in my tutorials.
Aren’t you tired yet? Be patient, because now the fun begins (because this will be my instruction, haha!)
Repeat from 1 to 5 3 times, connecting the elements according to the graphic diagram.
Attention! Attach last Chain to beginning Row, tie and cut.
Congratulations! Your Snowflake is ready!
So, we looked at several options for How to read tatting patterns. Write to me in the comments which option you like more. Perhaps you would suggest making changes or additions to my instructions. I would be grateful for any comments. Thank you for your patience! Please subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nOMsstL15w&list=UU3dn4_9pp7tIKA2k564wLBQ
Split ring again, or how to embrace the immensity.
Hello, everyone! I was very pleasantly surprised by the popularity of my post and video on the topic How to make a split ring. Thank you all for your comments, kind words and questions. Therefore, your support helps keep my blog useful and interesting, I hope!
You may ask why there are so many different ways of weaving a split ring. Of course, all the time we can weave patterns only a ring and a chain in different combinations. I do not want to offend anyone, in any case. Of course, there is a special charm and appeal in simple patterns. But what about the desire for development and improvement? Don’t be afraid to learn and master new techniques. Perhaps you are not planning to make special lace right now. But the more techniques you master, the wider your range of possibilities will be. Therefore, you will be able to perform work of any complexity.
So what’s in my second split ring video. Hope you find it interesting!
1. Two shuttles for ring
First, you will see how to make a split ring with two shuttles and threads in two different colors. And I could not deny myself the pleasure of showing once again how I hide the threads at the beginning of work. Oh yes, I hate thread tails! In addition, you can swap the threads of the first and second shuttles. In this case, you will end up with a colored “snake”.
2. One shuttle
Then I decided to show Dora Young’s absolutely unique method for one shuttle. I really liked this method. Because the application of a split chain for the second half of a split ring is very interesting! Many thanks to the talented tatting master Muskaan. She told me where I can get acquainted with this method.
3. Shuttle and ball
The next method I call “false split ring”. Oh, just don’t throw stones at me! Ha ha! Perhaps I am far from the first master who applies this method. But maybe there is a special term in English for this method. It’s very easy! You will be surprised. I used arcs instead of rings, that’s all! You just need extra paper clips.
4. Tatting needle
And at the end of the video, you will see another way for tatting needles. In the comments on FB, I was asked to show how to make a two-color split ring with a needle. I am always happy to help! By the way, pay attention to this nuance: You can get identical rings or mirrored ones. It depends on whether you are making a knot when closing a ring or not.