Tatted lace is made with a shuttle, but needle tatting is recently popular.

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How do you do inverted tatting in needle tatting? 3 Replies

I have taught myself to do the P pickup and 2 ds across the Picots and the edge looks right but the result does not look correct as the area between the picots and the edge does not look like the…Continue

Started by Rosemary Marchant. Last reply by Georgia Seitz Jun 23, 2019.

Tat a Brussels Monument for the World Lace Congress 8 Replies

If you haven't heard about "TAT A BRUSSELS MOMUNENT" for the World Lace Congress in August of 2018 taking place in Brussels, here's the link: …Continue

Started by M. Leigh Martin. Last reply by Barbara Gordon Apr 7, 2019.

How do you count the number of double stitches between picots? 16 Replies

I am working on the IOLI Proficiency Program in Tatting. Participants are instructed to replicate numerous tatted samples. To accomplish this, we are provided with photographs of each completed…Continue

Started by post removed. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Feb 28, 2018.

Different Methods of Shuttle Tatting 60 Replies

Recently I attended a lace group.  A lady that teaches tatting was there and was pretty much appalled at my tatting method or technique.  She told me to never teach anyone to tat. Another lady said…Continue

Started by Shirley L. Hays. Last reply by fran Mar 9, 2017.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 19, 2020 at 5:51pm
Comment by Rosemary Marchant on June 23, 2019 at 12:59pm

Dear Georgia:   Here is a link showing inverted tatting. However the instructions are for shuttle tatters. I am asking for how to do inverted tatting with a needle.

Many thanks!  Rosemary

Comment by Georgia Seitz on May 20, 2019 at 5:11pm
Comment by Georgia Seitz on April 7, 2019 at 1:19pm

Sometimes just dampening them with water is enough. But be sure to choose a sturdy thread, a six-cord mercerized cotton like Lizbeth is very good. Pearl cotton will not have the same body to it.

Give this a try for cluny practice:

Comment by Patti Duff on April 7, 2019 at 11:15am

I don't stiffen my bookmarks. My tatting is tight enough that they will hold their shape. Plus, being pressed between the pages of a book will help them retain their shape.

When I starch something like snowflakes, I use a diluted PVA glue to make them slightly stiff.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on April 6, 2019 at 12:47am

Do you stiffen your bookmarks, or leave them 'soft'?

If you stiffen them - what do you use?  How stiff do you make them?

(Those who know me, know I am always full of questions!!!!! :) )

I am still on a big learning curve, - and enjoying every minute of it. Also, tatting is so portable, so I can do it while sitting around here & there with DH...!!!  :)

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on February 17, 2019 at 8:40pm

Well, the Cat's Cradle I played as a child was quite different from making Cluny Leaves!!  Making Lots of tallies - leaves in bobbin lace was a big help, as I knew the basics, but just had to adapt to holding the threads differently although the actual weaving was the same.  the YouTobe on a Box Loom was a Big help, and also Muskaan's site with lots of information about Cluny leaves.

This whole "adventure" back into tatting after such a long lapse is great fun, and I am learning SO much!!  I have even joined 2 Tatting Guilds!!!! :)

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 17, 2019 at 8:28pm

I did learn to make Cluny leaves once, long ago, but have since forgotten. There is a string game called "cat's cradle". My impression is that Cluny leaves are like cat's cradle on steroids.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on February 16, 2019 at 9:10pm

Well, I have successfully learned how to do Cluny Leaves!!

After browsing the Web, and watching Georgia's video using a Box loom, I rigged up my lace pillow, and used berry pins, and worked with that!  I had tried using my hand but got a bit crampy, so tried the loom way. 

As I make Bobbin Lace leaves with the 3 passives in between my fingers, up above the pillow, and use the 4th bobbin to do the weaving, working with the box loom was very similar and so quite easy - 3 threads coming to my left hand, and the shuttle weaving with my right hand.  I still managed to get a couple of Holly leaves, though!!!!!  :)

Still, - that is another technique learned!!  I just have to learn to make slightly larger picots, as mine are very small.

I am really enjoying this journey getting back into Tatting. There are so many "new" techniques around since I taught myself in the mid 1950s!.

Comment by Anita Barry on October 15, 2018 at 7:17am

Hi Elizabeth!  Yes, HH new metallic thread has a different property to it, it's not as flexible as cotton thread.  It doesn't need stiffening.  That's nice. And it's so pretty!  


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