Georgia Seitz Ribbonwinners
Tatting Patterns & Shuttles
1227 CR 1760 E
Greenup Illinois USA
by Anita H c 2006
Please review this earlier lesson on how to change colors in needle tatting, http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2010/sonsery1needle2colortathow2.pdf, and methods used in maintaining control over the location of the colors needed. Through these pictures, we hope you will be able to better understand how to change colors while working through a motif.
R = ring CH = chain SLT = shoe lace trick
Tie together lengths of the 2 colors with which you want to work. Decide which is color 1 (your first ring) and thread your needle with this strand. You will start with a ring (note: use true rings in order to maintain the desired color pattern), wrapping your first stitch of the ring as close as possible to your knot.
When you close R1, you will do a SLT (shoe lace trick) in order to continue with a CH which will be the same color as your R. This will happen because the thread in your needle is the core thread and you will be wrapping with the color used for R1.
After completing the chain, you will see that your needle is already threaded with the color you will want for R2. So all you have to do is flip your work and proceed with R2 (note: Do NOT do a SLT before doing the ring).
Normally you have a SLT between elements in needle tatting, but in order to maintain the correct color pattern we must leave it out in this case.
Continue with R2, note your ring will be in color 2 thread.
See Stephanie's write-up with stitch counts http://www.georgiaseitz.com/newtat/stephwilsoncandycane.pdf