Georgia Seitz - Ribbonwinners
Tatting Patterns & Shuttles
1227 CR 1760 E
Greenup IL 62428-3016
AKTATTER@aol.com - www.georgiaseitz.com/

Floral Spray Encapsulation Practice







Floral Spray


This delicate floral spray is an exercise in encapsulating thread, working with multiple shuttles and using a blunt tapestry needle as if it were a tatting shuttle. Three colors of thread are needed, two shuttles and one blunt tapestry needle.

1. Using flower color 1, wind 1.5 yards on the shuttle.
R 14 close ring (clr) and leave no space.
Repeat first ring 2 times.
Repeat ring twice more but using 15 ds and then 16 ds.
Leave 10" tail. Reserve 10" thread for later use.

2. Using flower color 2, wind 1.5 yards on the shuttle.
R 12 (clr) and leave no space.
Repeat first ring 2 times.
Repeat ring twice more but using 14 ds and then 15 ds.
Leave 10" tail. Reserve 10" thread for later use.

3. Using either flower color, tat two more rings, leaving 6" tails.
R 24 -(very small picot) 2 clr; R 2 + 26 clr.
Close both rings tightly and make a tight join.

4. Place 10" thread from flower one on the blunt tapestry needle. Leave 3" tail and wrap this color thread on the bare thread spot between the rings of the second flower. This wrapping is done in the manner of a split ring. Use the two tails to draw the rings into a circle and knot. Do not clip the threads.

5. Place 10" thread from flower two on the blunt tapestry needle. Leave 3" tail and wrap this color thread on the bare thread spot between the rings of the first flower. This wrapping is done in the manner of a split ring. Use the two tails to draw the rings into a circle and knot. Do not clip the threads.

6. Using green thread tat two sets of two rings leaving 6" tails.
R 18 -(very small picot) 2 clr; R 2 + 22 clr.
Close both rings tightly and make a tight join.

7. Using green thread on two shuttles begin to tat a chain 25 ds. Stop here and compress the last ds made back to the first ds made to enhance the curve of the chain. Let it curl like a tendril on a vine.

RW, tat 5, lay the first set of 2-ring green leaves into the pinch with the tails pointing away from you. Straighten out the tails along the shuttle 1 thread (the core thread), using shuttle two wrap ds and pull tight as you are covering three threads. Tat on 5 ds. Lay the first flowers into the pinch and bring the tails in line. The use of a hemostat or other clamp will be very useful in holding all the threads in place as they are wrapped. Again using shuttle two wrap ds and pull tight as you are covering three threads. Tat on 5 ds covering all tails tightly. Tat on 10 ds.

8. RW, tat 5, lay the second set of 2-ring green leaves into the pinch with the tails pointing away from you. Straighten out the tails along the shuttle 1 thread (the core thread), using shuttle two wrap ds and pull tight as you are covering multiple threads. Tat on 5 ds.

Using either shuttle, make a single shuttle chain beginning at that point starting with a small ring 6 ds. Place the ring into the pinch by itself and apply tension by pulling away from the thread bundle. Now use the same shuttle to wrap ds onto that thread below the ring. Stop after every 5 - 7 and make another ring, this time tat josephine knots, i.e., tat the ring with only the second half stitch. Tat 6 - 8 ds and close. Then continue making chains and throwing off rings until you reach the main thread bundle. Return piece to working position.

9. Tat 10 ds and insert the second flower in the manner of the first one. You may add additional flowers, two ring blossoms, leaves and tendrils along the way.

10. Continue wrapping the chain for desired length then begin to cut off threads every 5-8 ds. At the very end of the piece (when all but the two green threads are left, insert the blunt tapestry needle into the bundle (eye facing the end of the work), cover with 1-3 ds, cut off shuttles and use them to thread the needle and pull it through, thus hiding the ends. (It might be necessary to do each green thread separately.)


Happy Tatting!
Georgia Seitz