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No shaggy tails

No shaggy tails, or carefully hide the ends of the threads at the end of the work.

Hello everyone! I recently learned that not all beginning taters hide the tails of the threads at the end of the work. They just weren’t taught! Ah, that’s a terrible omission. Yes, usually the instructions say: tie and cut. Where is the word “hide”? Gone, LOL! Therefore, today I invite you to go back to the beginning and talk in detail about this topic.

No shaggy tails
No shaggy tails

So, why do you need to hide the ends of the threads? Firstly, shaggy thread tails will look sloppy. And they will become shaggy very quickly, believe me! Secondly, by hiding the tails, we additionally secure the final knot. It is very important. After all, if the knot comes undone, we will get a disaster!

Try to hide your tails in different directions. For example, on different sides of the ring or in two different chains. This will help you avoid unnecessary thickening of the elements. It is also easier to pull one thread through the middle of double stitches rather than two.

I made a description of seven ways to hide the ends of threads. Some differ from each other only in the tool I use. But other options are possible, of course. Therefore, try, create and choose the method that is convenient for you. In addition to the instructions, I made an illustrative video. Hope this is helpful.

Method 1

You hide the ends of the threads with a sewing needle, sewing a seam over each double stitch. This method is the simplest, but not very reliable. It can be used if you do not need to wash the product. And, in addition, strong fixation will be required so that the tails do not “crawl out of the seam”. For example, for earrings or bracelets made of thin threads.

Method 2

Here we also use a sewing needle. But we don’t sew stitches, but hide the thread with a needle in the middle of the double stitches. It is enough to insert the needle into 3-4 double stitches. This method is fast. But if your knots are too tight, you will have to use small pliers to pull the needle out of the double stitches.

Method 3

Absolutely identical to the previous one. But we pull the thread with the needle into each double stitch separately (or even half a stitch). If the weaving is very dense, then this method is ideal, although not as fast as the previous one. By the way, don’t forget to protect your fingers with a thimble when handling the needle.

Method 4

For this method, I suggest using a thin wire bent in half. I call this wire the “magic tool”. Using wire, you hide one tail of the thread into the chain. And you “sew up” the second tail using a needle using method 2 or 3. And you can read about additional tools for tatting in my article here:

Method 5

You can do the same thing by using an additional piece of thread instead of wire. In the video you will see how you can quickly and easily hide additional thread inside double stitches using a shuttle.

Method 6

This method is convenient to use if the pattern ends in a ring. In this case, at the beginning of the pattern (if it starts with a chain), you can use a small piece of additional thread or a paper clip. This will make it easier to connect the last chain before starting work. In the first 4-5 double stitches of the ring, hide the first tail (if the tail is long enough, you can tie it to the shuttle, it will be more convenient). Weave wire into the last 4-5 double stitches (as in Method 4). Form a ring and secure the second tail with a knot. And pull this tail through with wire.

Method 7

You hide both tails in one chain (or ring) at the same time. I only recommend using this method if you have weak double stitches. Because it is very difficult to pull two tails through double stitches at once (after all, the tails will be folded in half). And besides, such a chain will look noticeably thicker than the other elements.

I hope my long article did not bore or frighten you. Comments, questions, advice are welcome! Careful tatting and no shaggy tails!

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Cro-tatting Lesson 4

Cro-tatting Lesson 4 , or how to make a split chain in cro-tatting technique.

Hello everyone! This article is a continuation of Lesson 3 . Therefore, follow the link if you have not read or watched the video of the previous lesson:

Cro-tatting Lesson 4
Cro-tatting Lesson 4

Ah, I tried my best in the previous lesson! I sought to convince all my readers of the need to master the reception of the split ring. By the way, this is necessary not only for cro-tatting, but also for the tatting shuttle and for the tatting needle. I hope many tatters will “follow me” in this matter, haha! And today I want to suggest that you use a split chain too as often as possible as well. But alas, I have no new arguments. I’m just sure that we must develop, improve and look for new ways and methods. Do you agree with me? Then you will benefit from my new video, I hope.

I use two methods to perform a split chain.

First method

So, fhe first method is good when you move from row to row through chains. You hide the tail of the thread at the beginning of work and, as the second part of the split chain, perform a double crochet. The number of yarn overs should be 1 less than the number of loops in the first half of the split chain. In my video, this is 5sc and Triple Treble Crochet ( or Double Treble Crochet ). Here again I ask for your help. How is this element correctly indicated in English. Write to me in the comments, please.

Second method

But the second method is ideal if you are going to the next row through a split chain + split ring combination. So, in the video, you will see two threads after the split chain is completed. First thread – ball, and the second – long tail of the thread, which I left at the beginning of work. Therefore we can use these two threads to make a split ring.

Wow! I can imagine how tired you are of reading this! Of course, it’s better to watch the video. Don’t forget to leave a comment and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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Tatting lace collars

Tatting lace collars, or 2023 fashion trends.

Tatting lace collars
Tatting lace collars

Hello everyone! Today I found an interesting article about collars on Wikipedia. And I want to share with you for sure! So:

In clothing, a collar is the part of a shirt, dress, coat or blouse that fastens around or frames the neck.
A collar may be permanently attaced to the main body of the garment (e.g. by stitching) or detachable. Oh, I love detachable collars! Because by changing the collars, you can get several different outfits from one dress!

Collars shapes

I also found a table on Wikipedia with the names and descriptions of 66 types of collars, wow! For example, a Peter Pan collar. But I’m sure you all know that collars name. Or, zero collar. This is neckline of shirt without band and collar. Or, zero collar. This is neckline of shirt without band and collar. By the way, it is on such a zero neckline that detachable collars look best.

By the way, you can use a brooch to fasten the collar around the neck. This will add even more chic and elegance to your image.

There is also a type of collar worn as part of clerical clothing called Clerical collar. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the shape of chokers is very similar to this type of collar.

Also I find collar Pussy Bow very interesting and unusually feminine. This collar tied in a large bow under the wearer’s chin. Particularly associated with Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. I was very surprised to learn this fact today. Because about 10 years ago I created a little collar with a little bow and named it Pussycat! Haha!

Collars material

I’m afraid you won’t have the patience to read a list of all the materials from which the collars were made.

These are the golden collars-necklaces of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

Or the finest handmade lace in the collars of French kings. It’s a Medici collar.

Also a combination of silk fabric and the finest lace is used.
Nowadays, cotton, denim, guipure, leather various threads are used for collars. Add embroidery, embossing, beads. Of course, the list is far from complete!

In 2023, lace is back in fashion. Probably, not all ladies will want to wear a lace dress. But everyone wants to be at the peak of fashion, I’m sure! So be sure to add some lace collars to your wardrobe. Including tatting collars. It is for the manufacture of tatting or bobbin lace that threads are used. Because they are light and extremely chic.

Tatting lace collars for the dress

You can buy ready-made collars for every taste or make your own according to my master classes. Welcome to my store:

Please write your wishes, feedback and comments in the comments. To do this, go to the BEGINNING of the article and click the “Leave a comment” button.

I hope you enjoy my video on YouTube. Like and subscribe!

And in conclusion, a small gift – a tatting collar pattern from Project Gutenberg’s Beeton’s Book of Needlework, by Isabella Beeton.

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To do or not to do, that is the question

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?

By the way, I was inspired to write this post by my new pattern, in which I connect the rows of white and red:

To do or not to do the front and back sides of tatting

So, look closely at the photo.

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!

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Outgoing year results

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.

2021 year results

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”:

my personal best in the past year

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.

I will be glad to meet you on my blog, on the YouTube channel, or in social networks! Happy New Year!

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Christmas greetings for tatters!

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!

Free patterns on my blog, welcome:

Also I will be glad to meet you on my YouTube channel:

Christmas greetings to tatters
Christmas greetings
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Tatting with netting needle

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!

Tatting with netting needle

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.

Tatting with netting needle

The needle has a small hole for tying the beginning of the thread.

Tatting with netting needle

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.

Tatting with netting needle

You can watch a small video of how I tat using this tool.

Please note that when working with this tool, I use the second method for the shuttle. You can also see several tat methods on my channel.

Finally, I used igloo mesh to create my Summer Mood collection. By the way, all patterns are available in my store, welcome:

In addition, you can get the perfect connection with long picots using a netting needle.

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Ring on chain

Ring on chain, or don’t be afraid to experiment!

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!

Ring on chain

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?

Ring on chain

And in these photos my 3D Bow pattern and a completely unexpected version of Christy . She combined two bows into an original brooch, bravo!

Ring on chain

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!

Ring on chain

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!

These and other patterns are in my store, welcome:

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.

Method 1.

This is the traditional way for two shuttles. In my opinion, in this case, the ring on the chain look perfect.

Method 2.

You can try this motif with one shuttle and one ball. Of course it will look like a chain-ring-chain. But why not?

Method 3.

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?

Method 4.

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!

Method 5.

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!

Please, after watching the video, do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. And I am always glad for your comments and questions on my blog. It helps me to make my blog interesting and useful for you!

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Split ring again

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.

Split ring again
Split ring again

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.

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Tatting Split Ring

Tatting split ring , or why I love using this technique.

Hello, everyone! I want to thank everyone who read my blog posts, commented and followed me on YouTube. Trust me, I am making these video tutorials for you. Because I endlessly love tatting and try to promote this art to the best of my ability.

Today I want to talk about the split ring.
How is a split ring indicated in patterns? It is usually written like this: SR: [ 8 ], [ 8 ].
This means you have to sew 8 double stitches in the normal way (this is the first section in square brackets), and then make 8 double stitches with “pearl weave” (this is the second section in square brackets). By the way, in my new video tutorial I am making this very ring. But the number of double stitches in brackets may vary depending on the pattern. Also, picots can be contained in brackets. For example : SR: [ 3, p, 3, p, 3 ], [ 3, p, 3, p, 3 ]. And in graphical diagrams, such a ring can be drawn with a dotted line in the middle, or the halves of the ring can be highlighted in different colors.

When are split rings used? Oh, the application is unusually wide. It all depends on your imagination, of course!

It could be a simple bookmark.

Or a summer bag.

You can use the split ring to create earrings or bracelets. The chain for a medallion of split rings also looks very delicate

It is very common to use a split ring when making doilies. Pay attention to the beige squares. This pattern is made up of a combination of split rings.

Using Tatting Split Ring as an auxiliary element

This is my favorite way to use a split ring. Yes, it is the split rings along with the split chains that help me weave a multi-row doily WITHOUT cutting the threads between the rows.

This way I avoid endlessly hiding the thread tails. Are you still hiding the threads at the end of each row? Then try my method! You’ll like it!

I made a video tutorial in which I collected five methods for making a split ring: two methods for two shuttles, one method for one shuttle, one method for a needle and one method for a hook. Perhaps you know another way. Write about it in the comments, please. I hope you enjoy my video and choose one of the methods that is convenient for you. Welcome :

And my new pattern from the collection “Romantic Geometry” is based on the use of split rings. Each square is woven without cutting the thread from beginning to end. It is very interesting and exciting!

I will be very glad for your comments, questions and new subscribers! Thank you !