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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.

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.

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 M. Leigh Martin on November 30, 2017 at 1:30am

Thanks, Lorelei!

I've e-mailed Karen and asked her for a list of links.  I'll post the links on SUB as well when I get them. :)


Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on November 29, 2017 at 4:22pm

I recognize the Karen Cabrera name. I think I found some of her links and put them on our RESOURCES  -- ONLINE RESOURCES page. If you have a specific link to the videos which deal with this question (currently under discussion), please post them here and I will add them to the resources list.


Comment by M. Leigh Martin on November 29, 2017 at 4:05am

Karen Cabrera's tutorials are da bomb.  You certainly can't go wrong there. :)

Comment by Laritza Rodriguez on November 28, 2017 at 8:59pm
I learned to open rings from a video in Karen Cabrera’s YouTube channel. I have never failed since then . Search the name the number videos and in the videos search for open.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on November 28, 2017 at 8:12pm

I must try posting the shuttle before closing a ring, as I Often need to open them (Grrr!!!) and have found that holding the shuttle thread across the ring, so the last stitch cannot Unflip helps with opening it. Maybe posting the shuttle will have the same effect - stop that last stitch Unflipping and therefore stopping the core thread running backwards to open the ring.  

Comment by Holly Powers on November 28, 2017 at 2:52pm
Thank you so very much for sharing this information. I’ve always had problems with the tightness of the thread at the bottom of the ring. I can’t wait to try this method!
Comment by M. Leigh Martin on November 28, 2017 at 8:55am

Hi, Holly!  Posting means sending your shuttle through the middle of your ring right before you close it.  The core thread will be to the back of the ring instead of in front, but it makes zero difference in tatting the next element.  The way it was explained to me, doing this takes out that little bit of twist around the core thread, enabling one to open the ring more easily.  Just push the stitches on either side of a picot aside a bit so you can get a hook on the core thread, pull up an inch or so, THEN pull the core thread down at the base open.  If you do it gently and carefully, you'll be able to pick out those first difficult stitches that have inevitably tightened without any problem.  I went from zero success in getting rings open to 98% posting my shuttle through the ring before closing, and picking a halfway point around the ring to pull up some core thread first before working the slack all the way back around to the ring opening.  Good luck!

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.

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