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Tips for beginner needle tatters. Part 1.

Tips for beginner needle tatters. Part 1, or simple and clear rule for when and how to reverse the work.

Hello everyone! The most frequently asked questions beginners:

  • to do or not to make a knot after a ring or chain?
  • how can I know whether to reverse or not reverse the work?
  • how can I find out the front and back side of the work?
  • why do my chains get twisted?

And of course, there are many other points that I will try to talk about in my blog. To achieve this, I plan to write several posts and make additional videos specifically for needle tatters. So subscribe to my YouTube channel and my blog to stay updated.
So today we will answer the first two questions.

To do or not to make a knot

Unlike the shuttle, tatting with a needle is not as tight. Therefore, after completing each ring or chain, the needle tatters make a knot that helps “keep the shape” of this element. In the post “Magic Simple Knot” I wrote about ball and shuttle threads (in this case it is more logical to call them ball and needle threads). The names may differ in different languages, but the meaning is the same. And in this post I call a simple knot a magic one because it helps us “solve a lot of problems”!

So, we have decided. The answer to the first question is yes, you need to make a knot!

Reverse or not reverse

Typically, in the instructions for the pattern, designers write, RW or DNRW. Although I only write where I need to turn the work around. It is logical that if nothing is written, then there is no need to do anything. Do you agree? But if you only have a graphical diagram, you will have to decide for yourself where and how to flip, rotate, or expand the work. An impossible task, isn’t it? But we will return to this topic, I promise!

So, you know, the ball thread should ALWAYS be located to the left of the work. But this is only if you are right-handed. For “lefties” it’s the other way around!

If you make one simple knot, you will swap the ball and working threads. And thus the ball of thread will move to the right of the work. Therefore, the work needs to be turned over and each thread will take its place. And if you make two knots, the threads will remain in the same position and there is no need to turn the work over.

Tips for beginner needle tatters. Part 1.

So, the golden rule: one knot – turn, two knots – no turn! I find this very easy to remember.

To make it clearer, please watch my video, please.

And if you are interested in the topic “Tips for beginner needle tatters”, write me your questions in the comments. I will try to answer them in the following articles.

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Sherbourg Umbrellas, or Sha-ba-da-ba-da

Sherbourg Umbrellas, or Sha-ba-da-ba-da.

Hello everyone!

I told you in a previous post how much I love listening to music. It helps me create lace. Or other handmade items. You can read my post and watch a short video for a good mood:

But there are many more things that inspire me. Long live the Internet! I can draw inspiration from my friends. I want to clarify. In no case am I using other people’s things for repetition. This violates copyright, of course. But I love to look at beautiful things, because new beautiful ideas are born in my head. I hope you understand me.

For example, these cute earrings from my friend and talented jewelry designer Polina Rofman.

Of course, these earrings have already found their lucky customer. But you can see (and I’m sure you will want to buy) other Polina items:

When I saw these small clouds with raindrops and thoughts rushed through my head without stopping. Ha! I can write a long novel for you about how my brains work. But I won’t bore you with details. I don’t really like walking wet in the rain (do you love that?). So I immediately thought of an umbrella. Then, when I say the word umbrella, I immediately remember the beautiful movie . I really love watching old movies. One of them is the Sherbourg Umbrellas. Such a sweet and touching love story. And what a genius music! This music sounded in my head when I created this pattern.

I created this pattern specifically for tatting with a needle. It seems to me that the tatting needles resemble the needles of an umbrella too. That’s the name for my new doily – Sherbourg umbrellas.

By the way, you can make this doily of any color, like multi-colored umbrellas. I’m sure you will like it. Try it!

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Hiding end threads in tatting

Hiding end threads in tatting.

Oh, I already wrote before that I don’t like to hide the ends of threads. Does any of you love this? How terrible it is: to remove a lot of cut ends, worrying so that they do not come apart. Many tatters come up with how to make this process easier. Beginner tatters master the classical methods. In any case, it was so with me. Here you can watch my video, which shows in detail how I did it before.

I have studied many textbooks and videos on the Internet over ten years of my practice of tatting. Of course, there are many interesting and useful master classes for hiding end threads in tatting. But I did not find any material that combines the three methods of tatting: shuttle, needle and hook. My goal is to promote all kinds of tatting. Therefore I hope you will be interested in my experience!

So, a short review of today’s video. I like make large laced items, such as doily, tablecloths, collars, etc. In this case, I will have to “lengthen” the thread several times. And should try to make the snapping of the thread invisible and durable. After all, it is very important from an aesthetic and practical point of view! If I hide both cut ends in one ring or one chain, I get a thickening. (I don’t even consider the option with four threads at once!) Therefore, it is better to tie a new thread at the junction of two or more elements. Example in the photo.

Hiding end threads in tatting

You can modify and improve my experience, of course. I will be glad if you share in the comments your ways of hiding end threads in tatting. Welcome!

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Tatting split chain

Tatting, split chain, new video tutorial.
I already wrote that I really don’t like to hide threads in tat (and nobody likes, right? 🙂 Therefore, I try to do tatting without cutting the thread between the rows. In one of my past posts, I showed you how to go from row to row using an split ring.
Today’s post is very short. I don’t want to take your time to read, because you can better watch a video with wonderful music like Mozart! So today, my new video. This a tatting lesson on how to make a split chain. As usual, I show all three types of tatting: shuttle tatting , needle tatting and cro-tatting. Perhaps for needle tatters this video will be especially interesting. Because for a tatting needle, there are two methods to make a split chain. So, welcome to my YouTube channel:

Tatting. Split chain_Moment
Tatting. Split chain_Moment

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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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Special for needle tatters!

Special for needle tatters today I write continue of the previous post.

Last time I drew for you a pattern of simple, but graceful tatting earrings. And then you read the detailed instructions on how to do this (did you really read? I hop! ). But the last time we were carried away by the shuttle tatting only. So today I’m trying to fix this shortcoming.
So, special for the tatter needle!

I will not repeat the graphic pattern and the first version of weaving. Because the needle and shuttle methods in this case are nearly identical. But note that you need beginning tat from the back side. 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 let’s look at the second option right away.


R – ring; SR – split Ring; C – chain; p – picot; jp – join picot; tw – turn the work; numbers indicate the number of double stitches.

Beginning work – green circle. (We beginning tat from the back side, do you remember?) 1. R: 2, p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2, tw; 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. C: 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2, tw; 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13. R: 2 , p , 2 , p , 2, jp to previous Ring (according to the diagram), 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2, tw; 15. R: 2 , p , 2 , p , 2, jp to previous Ring (according to the diagram), 2 , p , 2 , jp to R1 (according to the diagram), 2, p , 2 , p , 2 .  Do NOT CUT thread.

16. SR:  [ Tat of the ball thread: 2, p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 ], here we turn the work ( photo 1) and un-thread the needle, [tat next 8 double stitches using the needle thread, that was just un-threaded, passing the double stitches over the eye end of the needle ( photo 2 and 3): 2, p , 2 , p , 2 , p , 2 ], re-thread the needle (photo 4), and close the ring as usual (photo 5);

17. C: 2, p, 2, p, 2, p, 2, small picot for earrings hook, 2, p , 2, p, 2, p, 2; 18. R: 2, p, 2, p, 2, p , 2, ( joining to Element 1 according to the diagram), 2, p, 2, p, 2, p, 2, tie and cut.

Attach the hook for the earring. We make the second earring in the same way. And your earrings special for needle tatters ready!

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Three types of tatting

I have been tatting for over ten years and mastered well enough (I think 🙂 three types of tatting! A long time, right? I am happy to share my experience with beginning tatters.

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace from a series of knots and loops. There are three types of tatting : shuttle tatting, needle tatting and cro-tatting.

The first type:

Tatting with a shuttle is the earliest method of creating tatted lace. Historically, it was a metal or ivory pointed-oval shape less than 3 inches (76 mm) long, but shuttles come in a variety of shapes and materials. Shuttles often have a point or hook on one end to aid in the joining required in the construction of the lace. This method has a lot of possibilities and tricks. For example, shuttle tatting is good for making jewelry.

The second type:

The second type of the three tatting methods is the needle tatting . Use of the tatting needle became widespread in the 20th century. This method is good for creating large products. In my opinion it is easier to learn and faster. The result is similar to shuttle tatting but is slightly thicker and looser.

The third type:

Cro-tatting combines needle tatting with crochet. The cro-tatting tool is a tatting needle with a crochet hook at the end. In modern patterns, beginning in the early 20th century, the rings are tatted and the arches or chains are crocheted. Many people consider cro-tatting more difficult than crochet or needle tatting.
Cro-tatting is popular in Japan.

To show some tricks of these three methods, I made some videos. Welcome!

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