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Tatting in resin, part 1

Tatting in resin, part 1.

Hello everyone! According to your many requests, I begin to tell how I do tatting in resin. The previous post on tatting in resin you will see here:

I will try to make my story very detailed. So please be patient. 🙂 Because I can not do one post only. In this case, my post will be too long. Subscribe to my blog to keep abreast of the continuation of this topic. And you can ask any questions in the comments. I will always answer with pleasure. I also ask you to pay attention: this is my personal experience. And you can have your own opinion that does not coincide with mine.

Tatting in resin, keychains
Tatting in resin, keychains

Here are a few rules that I have defined for myself. I’m sure some of the rules will appeal to you too. 🙂

1. You must be in a great mood to create beautiful products!

2. You should be careful and not be distracted during the filling process. Otherwise, your “milk will run away”! 🙂

3. Strictly adhere to the resin manufacturer’s instructions. Because epoxy from different manufacturers have differences, but the main points are similar.

4. The temperature in your workshop should be + 25˚ C (in any case, approach this indicator). This is a very important point, because at a lower temperature in the room the resin will not be sufficiently fluid. In addition, it will be very difficult for you to get rid of air bubbles in the solution, alas.

5. Use TRANSPARENT plastic containers to mix resin and hardener. Transparent plastic cups are the most comfortable. Because you can clearly see in such containers the homogeneity of the solution and the presence of air bubbles.

6. Always wear protective gloves. No matter how I try to be careful, when working with resin, my hands get dirty anyway. Maybe you will be more accurate! 🙂

7. I also recommend that you prepare a table mat. For example, an old cutting mat will help you protect workplace from stains. And supply of paper napkins or rags will not hurt you! In any case, for me it is not superfluous.

8. I measure the weight of the components very accurately when mixing the solution. You can use a scale or syringe for this. I will talk about the intricacies of measuring components in the following posts.

I use silicone molds of different shapes and sizes.
Also I want to say that I do not use ultraviolet lamps or other heating devices. Because not all types of resin can be exposed to ultraviolet radiation. And special devices (such as a pressure tank or a vacuum chamber) are best used in large volumes. Anyway, I do without it!

So, my standard set for pouring consists of the following things: old cutting mat, resin, hardener, two plastic cups, disposable gloves, wooden sticks for stirring, scales, two syringes without needles, napkins, molds.

I hope you enjoyed my rules and you will enjoy using some of them. For example, the first rule (about a good mood) is useful to you for all occasions! 🙂 Do you agree? If you were interested, subscribe to my blog, ask questions in the comments. In the meantime, watch my video for a good mood!

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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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, my dear friends! So very little time is left before the Happy Holidays – Christmas and New Year. This is the most wonderful time for me. I like the atmosphere enveloped in a fairy tale. People decorate their homes with garlands. Lights sparkle on the Christmas trees. And on the fireplace hangs stockings with sweets! Ah, what a miracle!

Ukrainian Catholics celebrate Christmas on December 24, and Orthodox Christians on January 7.

Sviata Vecheria

The Christmas Eve Supper or Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and traditions. This traditions which reach back to antiquity. The rituals of the Christmas Eve are dedicated to God . And to the welfare of the family, and to the remembrance of the ancestors. Family gathers to begin supper with the appearance of the first star. There are twelve courses in the Supper. Because according to the Christian tradition each course is dedicated to one of Christ’s Apostles. The first course is always kutia. It is the main dish of the whole supper.

Ukrainian Christmas songs

While many of the Ukrainian Christmas Eve customs are of a solemn nature, the custom of caroling is joyful and merry. Ukrainian Christmas songs or carols have their origins in antiquity, as do many other traditions practiced at Christmas time. The very popular Ukrainian carol in the United states, “Carol of the Bells”, in its originality is a shchedrivka. The very popular Ukrainian carol in the United states, “Carol of the Bells”, in its originality is a shchedrivka. This song tells about a swallow who came to the landowner’s house. First the swallow asks him to go out and say how rich he is. After swallow asks how many calves he has and so on. 🙂

Our family decorates the house with pleasure. It creates an incredibly festive atmosphere! A coniferous wreath decorate the front door, of course!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I really like handmade gifts. As rare thing can become your heirloom. Our heirloom is “Grandfather Frost” ( Santa Claus) passed down from generation to generation. We place this symbol under the Christmas tree every year. Our Santa Claus is over 60 years old!

I can’t wait for the holidays! Do you like Christmas? Write in the comments what heirlooms you have. It is very interesting.
I made a short video to create a festive mood. I hope the photo collage of my handmade products and fun music will please you!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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

Subscribe to my blog , who is interested in tatting in resin! Because several articles on this topic are waiting for readers of my blog very soon. I will share ALL the secrets that I know myself 🙂 And of course, I’m sure these articles will help you make transparent tatting in resin absolutely perfect!

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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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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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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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