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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 Elizabeth Ligeti on October 14, 2018 at 11:14pm

Sorry for the delay in answering you, Anita. 

The 2 colours were the ones used in the book by Hye-OOn Lee - the Doilies for Fall & winter.  It is the last pattern in the book (I think) and is shown very small, on the outside of the back cover.

I have been working on other things, so have not yet finished that round of the doily!!'

I have been making some Xmas decorations using the new Metallic Lizbeth thread. the finished pieces are very sparkly, but I find I have to concentrate to get every stitch to flip.  The thread takes a bit to get used to, I think- but maybe that is just Me!!

Comment by Patti Duff on August 12, 2018 at 11:34am

The Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild (Spokane WA/Post Falls ID) is now accepting applications to teach at our 23rd Annual Tatting Workshop and Retreat in May 2019. Application packets are available on our website,

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 4, 2018 at 11:38pm


That is very useful. Exactly what we need our members to do for each other. Thanks.

Comment by Georgia Seitz on August 4, 2018 at 7:42pm

Leave enough thread to approximate the length of the picot (you do not need to tie the threads) and do the split ring (B) again finger tatting with the tail which can then be trimmed. Use magic thread trick to hide tail as desired. And study this diagram provided to the class by Matthew Takeda. Matthew is a technical illustrator

email me at if you need more help.

Comment by Jennifer Strand on August 2, 2018 at 8:33am

how do i joint new ball and shuttle thread without too many ends?

Comment by Anita Barry on July 14, 2018 at 2:27pm

Hello Elizabeth!  Yes.  I have completed several projects with out & back direction of tatting.  If you have a particular question you can email me at . Otherwise, I like your selection of two different colored threads!  Look at the exciting pattern it's making with the split rings!  In the past I tatted with a single color for up & back, but your image is a nice difference!  Makes me want to try it!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on July 13, 2018 at 11:13pm

I am tatting a very interesting pattern - it is in the Fall/Winter Doilies book by Hye Oon Lee, - and, of course, I am working the Last pattern in the book! It has a white centre part, then a broad band of 2 coloured work - which is worked out and back,  not in rounds, - like usual.  

Has anyone else worked this pattern, or one worked in a "different" way like this? 

Comment by Georgia Seitz on June 18, 2018 at 1:03pm

I am looking for a photo tutorial for inverted tatting made with the needle that is copyright free. Any help most grateful.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on February 26, 2018 at 9:29pm

I, too put the afternoon class as #1, and the morning class as #2, -- so Hopefully we will both be in the afternoon class!!!!!  Anyway, I will look out for you.  We probably have met at other IOLI Conventions - this will be my 8th!!!

I am hopeless at putting names and faces together, and Never remember names, until I have met the person quite a few times.  There is some long name for the problem - which I forget!!!  Nothing personal - just a mental blank spot!!!

Comment by Patti Duff on February 26, 2018 at 8:31am

I understand Liz. Maybe I will see you in class in San Antonio. I'm taking the afternoon tatting class.


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