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Tips for needle tatters. Part 3.

Tips for needle tatters, or how to make the three rings “without a hole”.

Hello everyone! This is the third part of my advice for beginner tatters. You can read previous parts here:

Today I want to answer one simple question. How to make three rings “without a hole” between them? I write “three rings” because I don’t know how this element is designated in different languages. In Ukrainian, for example, it is called a trefoil.

Tips for needle tatters

By the way, if your language is not in the list of built-in translators on my website, write to me in the comments. I will try to add the language you need. And I would also be very interested to know what country you live in when reading my blog. Can you write this in the comments please?

So, excuse the “lyrical digression”, I continue talking about the three rings. Although you can call this element Clover. On the ABC Tatting Patterns website there is a definition of Clover. I copied the paragraph, but you can follow the link and read it yourself. By the way, this is a wonderful resource not only for beginners, but also for experienced tatters.

Three rings, or Clover

Clover consists of three successive rings grouped together. The central ring may be larger than the side rings. It looks like a shamrock. However, the rings in a shamrock are the same size.

When working with shuttle tatting, this problem does not arise. Of course, if your knots are not “loose” , but neat. And when tatting with a needle, we can get such a picture. Do you see the hole?

Of course, I never tire of repeating that tatting is an art. Therefore, ABSOLUTELY ALL methods and techniques are acceptable. What the end result looks like is the master’s right to self-expression. Perhaps you have come up with a pattern that requires just such a Clover!

However, we are improving all the time, aren’t we? To do this, we must master new skills and techniques. The more “tools” we have in our arsenal, the more opportunities we get to implement our wildest projects! Oh, I just want to say: like it if you agree with me!

With and without rewerce of work

If you read my post about how many simple knots to make in work, you remember that there is a rule for ease of remembering. One knot means rewerce work, two knots means do not rewerce work. When we make three rings in a row, we make two knots after the first ring (do not rewerce work), then two knots after the second ring (do not rewerce work again). And after the third ring we have two pattern options. So, it depends on the design.

If we don’t rewerce work, we make two knots. But after the first knot, you need to pull the needle and thread into the base of the first ring and then make the second knot. If we need to rewerce work after Clover, then we make one knot. But (attention!) Before the knot, you need to pull the needle and thread into the base of the first ring.

Ta-daaa!!! Everything is simple and clear, I hope. But just in case, I made for clarity a short video Tips for needle tatters. Part 3.

I hope you found it useful and interesting to read and watch! Subscribe to my blog. Write in the comments what questions about tatting you would like answered. I will be happy to help with tips!

14 thoughts on “Tips for needle tatters. Part 3.

  1. My needle tatting is getting better thanks to your articles. Thanks a lot!

    1. Always happy to be useful! Thank you Diana for supporting my blog!

  2. I absolutely love your explanations of techniques. I’m able to recreate your tips successfully. Keep them coming -they are very much appreciated! helpful! 💐

    1. Thank you so much Elaine! I am very pleased to know that my explanations are clear and useful. Of course I won’t give up!

  3. Thank You!!! Thank You!!! I have disliked needle tatting clovers due to that icky gaping space where the chain enters and exits the clover. Thanks to your video, I now know how to avoid that gap in the future.

    1. Thank you so much for the glowing review, Sharon! This really inspires me!

  4. Thank you for this info!
    I appreciate you teaching needle tatting. I found it very hard to find info on needle tatting. I watch yt but it seems to be mostly shuttle.

    1. Thank you so much for your interesting comment and kind words, Gwendolyn! I’m sure there are more and more needle tatters these days. Therefore, I am sure there is no such thing as too much useful information! Although I am happy to tat with shuttles, needle, cro-tatting and netting needle.

  5. USA…. How about a tutorial on how to tat a bezel to hold a cab in a design

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, kenneth! I’ll think about how to make a simple and understandable lesson.

  6. This is great help….. I was wondering how to make make two rows to sit close side by side…… I tatted crosses for all of the ladies in my family for bible markers….. They are full of mistakes because I did not know…..No one here to learn from one on one…

    1. Thanks for supporting so much and for your kind words, Kenneth! Yes, we all learn from each other!

  7. Thank you for this third tip. I was doing something similar to this but I this will help me even more.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Cynthia! I’m glad my articles are useful. Maybe you can suggest a topic for the next article?

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