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

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Tat a Brussels Monument for the World Lace Congress 7 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 M. Leigh Martin Apr 10.

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 ani. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Feb 28.

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.

21st Annual Tatting Workshp 7 Replies


Started by Patti Duff. Last reply by Georgia Seitz Jan 8, 2017.

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Comment by Holly Powers on November 28, 2017 at 6:35am
Hi, I don’t see my name in members, though I joined some time ago. I would like to understand what is meant by the term “post” and how whatever action it is helps to open a closed ring that was just discussed by Liz and another. Also, I had heard from Sarah Nielson some time ago something that the last stitch in a ring tightens it up so much that there can be issues opening it. Is there a method on how to develop a workaround for this by adding the extra stitch just mentioned (which—first or second half?)?
Comment by M. Leigh Martin on November 27, 2017 at 11:54pm

Hi, Elizabeth!

I was taught the trick of posting my shuttle so the thread is to the back of the ring before I close it, and it made reopening my rings if I made a mistake possible.  I had never been able to get a ring reopened before I started doing this.  Now it's just habit, and I have no problems getting rings reopened.  I should mention that my tension is very tight when I tat.  I like my tatting to be stiff with no "bare" thread showing unless it is mignonette or an antique pattern that requires it.  Posting the shuttle through the ring before closing made a task I had thought impossible merely annoying.  I know nothing about working a half stitch at the end of working a ring and whether it would have a similar beneficial effect.

Welcome back to tatting!

Comment by fran on November 26, 2017 at 10:56pm
Elizabeth Ligeti -- I've only done such if I'm pulling a tail through to hide the thread (finishing off). Otherwise, the tail doesn't want to go through.

I do start a chain with the 2nd half of a stitch. It seems to help the chain make a better "V" when the chains meet.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on November 26, 2017 at 8:58pm

I have recently read about working a half stitch at the end of working a ring and even posting the shuttle. does this really make much difference?

I have never used either method, and wonder if it is worthwhile (something else to remember to do!!)

If you answer Yes to adding a half stitch - do you use the first half or second half of the stitch?

What do you find is the benefit of this technique?

I am so enjoying getting back to tatting - especially as I have one eye with a problem. Tatting is easier to see than some of the other laces!

Comment by Patti Duff on August 5, 2017 at 7:24pm

The Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild in Spokane, WA is now accepting applications to teach at our 22nd annual workshop in May 2018. Packets may be downloaded from our website at

Comment by Georgia Seitz on August 2, 2017 at 11:31am

Hello all, I am looking for inspirational photos of mignonette tatting for a class tat Palmettos in Sept. Any referrals most welcome. Thanks.

Comment by Patti Duff on February 24, 2017 at 8:56pm

Are you ready for spring? Would you like to spend the weekend tatting with others? There is still time to register for the Shuttlebirds 21st Annual Tatting Workshop, May 4-7, in Post Falls, ID. Registration closes on March 27th. We also have scholarships available to help with the cost, but you will have to hurry if you want to apply. The scholarship application deadline is March 1st.“ Full details are available on our website:

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on January 6, 2017 at 11:09pm

Thanks Georgia. I can certainly see the difference between the 2 methods.  Like all Lacemaking - what works for one person does not work for another. I will let you know how I go - when I eventually get around to trying it out.

There seem to be fewer hours to each day lately - and months to the year, etc.  Ae we being cheated and short-changes somewhere along the line?!!!

Comment by Georgia Seitz on January 6, 2017 at 1:10pm

I used Aunt Ellen's Cluny directions to learn but I suffered from the "death grip" syndrome. In the photo the white leaves are hand held. I had little control as you can see. So I eventually moved over to the hand held loom and then the box loom.

But give them all a try!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on January 5, 2017 at 9:17pm

Thanks Georgia. those are Very helpful links.  I want to use my hand as the loom, though - I don't need more equipment!!, and the hand is much more portable!!!

I will have a go - when I finish my current project (must get that completed Soon!).

At least, now, I have lots of information on the technique - and there are some patterns, too!!!


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