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

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I just want to show off some tatting I did when I was doing tatting 9 Replies

This was about 10 years ago. If I have posted this here before somebody please let me know and I will take it down. …Continue

Started by Claudia Crowley. Last reply by Trinity Apr 7.

A couple of edging samples 6 Replies

Nothing special, just wanted to show off some more.This one's actually…Continue

Started by Claudia Crowley. Last reply by Claudia Crowley Apr 5.

Aerlit Shuttles? 9 Replies

Do any of you use Aerlit shuttles?  I have a Boye shuttle that I've used since I was a teenager.  I love it, and I love the fact that it has a removable bobbin.  In fact, the bobbins from my sewing…Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Claudia Crowley Apr 3.

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.

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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!  

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!


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