Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles by
11460 Via Appia
Anchorage Alaska 99515-2905 USA
Sherry does the Splits!
What we have are chains and rings that have been completed to make a circle. Note on the outer edge the purple thread and at the bottom of the motif there is a small part of orange thread with the purple thread. The orange thread is the split chain that I have already done in preparation to do a split ring which will enable the tatter to enter the next round WITHOUT cutting and tying ends. The orange thread we will call shuttle one, the purple is shuttle two here.
Here we have the beginning of a split ring. I have tatted 5 double stitches here using shuttle one. These ds were tatted the normal way. Now comes the harder part. Sorry guys, but it must be done. Hehehehe!!
Now what you are going to have to do is let shuttle one drop down. Just let it hang. Take the ring that you have started and completely flip it so that the bare core thread is now on top. Pick up shuttle two with the purple thread.
Now here is the important part. You know how you have to keep changing the tension when doing a ring normally, well, here you DO NOT keep changing the tension. The ring around your fingers must be kept taut at all times while wrapping the second half of a split ring. Just do it slowly and take your time.
The stitches will look like they are upside down. AND, that is correct. The first stitch you do is actually the second half of the normal double stitch.. Then the next stitch you will do is the first half of the double stitch..(This is known as reverse half stitch order.)
Remember to keep the core or ring taut. Do not change the tension at all but keep it tight. When you go to close the ring the upside down stitches will right themselves, and will all be facing upward.
When you are done putting the stitches on the second half of the ring, you then drop carefully shuttle two , and pick shuttle one back up and pull the thread and close the ring in the normal way. Look at the picture here and note how the stitches are right side up on one side of the ring and how they are upside down on the other side of the ring. This is correct.
Well, good luck and I will see you in class.
Sherry, Celtic Dream Weaver