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Welcome to the Beginners Class
Lesson 3!

Goals for this lesson

Lock Joins

A lock join occurs when the core thread of a chain is closer to the joining picot than the working thread. One joins the core thread to the picot by means of a knot. The lock join is so named because the previous work is locked in place, so before making this join, always make sure the previous chain is SNUG and the size/shape that you want. You can undo this join, but it can be rather difficult.

You can read more about it in a classic lesson from the On-Line Class here.

In general, a lock join does not count in the double stitch count, and one usually makes a full ds after it.

A pattern for you to practice lock joins: Rosemarie Peel's Valentine Heart

Shoe Lace Trick (SLT)

Needle tatters will already have been using this manueuver - they tie the needle thread with the ball thread at the end of a ring (like tying your shoe) to hold the ring in place. Shuttle tatters find this "trick" useful too, particularly if they find themselves running out of a thread on one shuttle yet need to tat a little bit further to get to a good spot to add new thread - or to the end of a round. Requires 2 shuttles.

Two Color Tatting

This sounds more difficult than it truly is. Most likely you have already done it, because all you need is your shuttle/needle loaded with the color you will want your rings to be and a ball of the color you will want your chains to be. Simply tie a knot (a reef knot or square knot is best) and begin tatting.

Extra credit: One class near Christmas got rather fanciful in their discussion of the possibilities of color and controlling where it goes. Here is the resulting Candy Cane Demo for Changing Colors that makes use of SLT to break the guideline of "rings one color, chains the other color". The pattern is included!

Rings off Chains/Floating Rings

Frequently as you look at patterns in books, you will see rings standing up on chains instead of being made at the end of chain arches. For shuttle tatters, these rings on chains require that you use 2 shuttles to tat the motif, replacing the ball with the 2nd shuttle. For needle tatters, you will need either a 2nd needle to use on what was the ball thread, or you can just thread and rethread your single needle as you switch from one thread to the other.

By now you have developed the ability to tell the shuttle or needle thread from the ball thread as they exit the work, without looking around for the ball. The working thread will be the one exiting the core of the main rings and chains; the ball thread will be the one forming the stitches on top. It will exit at an angle to the working thread.

To form the ring on top of a chain, stop making the chain at the appropriate place. Do not reverse your work. Drop the original working shuttle or needle, and use the shuttle or needle attached to the thread which used to function as the ball thread to make the ring as called for in the pattern.

After closing the ring, put this thread back over your left hand into the chain position. Pick up the shuttle or needle which was the working thread before you stopped to make the ring, and continue the chain.

Let's look at a tatted piece: Center for a Round Robin for Beginners. The 2nd round of this motif consists of chains interrupted 3 times for rings to be tatted at the top of them. This round also requires shuttle joins of the chains to the center rings.

Self Closing Mock Ring (SCMR)

A Self-Closing Mock Ring is a shuttle tatter's term for a chain that has been formed into a ring by means of passing the shuttle through a loop of the chain's core thread left at the base of the intended ring. Needle tatters will recognize this as the ring they usually make!

Gary and Randy Houtz named and popularized the SCMR. They have a 2-part set of instructions diagrams showing how to make them.

Index page: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/index.shtml

Self Closing Mock ring: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/scmrinstr.shtml

Rings on Ball: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/scmrinstr2.shtml

Rings on Rings: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/scmrinstr3.shtml

SCMR Heart: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/scmr_heart.shtml

GR8 Butterfly: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/gr8butterfly.jpg

Da Udder Butterfly: http://www.gr-8shuttles.com/daudderone.shtml

Extra Credit Pattern: German Snowflake as translated by Robert to practice hiding ends and your rings-off-chains, not to mention your pattern-reading skills.

Original pattern is German Snowflake - the top link.

The list of abbreviations in German:
A=Arbeitsanfang (Beginning)
R=Ring (self-explanatory!)
B=Bogen (chain)
DK=Doppelknoten (double stitch or ds)
+=Anschlingen (join)
-=Oese (picot)
o=Ring auf Bogen (ring off chain)
-->=Arbeitsrichtung (direction of work)

Have fun!!

Patterns for Practice

Rosemarie Peel's Happy Christmas Snowflake

Rosemarie Peel's Valentine Heart

Center for a Round Robin for Beginners

GR8 Butterfly

Extra Credit German Snowflake

Links Summary

closeup Showing Lock Join

Lock Join Discussion

Starting the SCMR

Rings on Ball Thread SCMR

And Onwards!
- from the Online Beginners Tatting Class

When you have completed the Beginners Tatting Class, you might wonder where to go next?

The Ongoing Tatting Class

The first place to go is of course the Ongoing Regular Tatting Class, same class room, same times only it is on Mondays. Everyone is welcome to attend to the Ongoing Class. No extra registration is needed as long as you are registered for the Beginners Tatting Class. Here you'll meet more tatters and learn more techniques!

Tatting Resources online

The Tatting Forums

Tatting at BellaOnline.com

and several other fora and tatting scociety pages. Through tatting fora you might even discover a tatter in your neighborhood.

How do I get more patterns?

You'll find lots of patterns on line, both patterns to buy and free patterns. Search for heart pattern tatting and you'll find patterns of hearts to tat for Christmas. You might actually find more hearts if you leave out the Christmas part. A search including "pattern" and "tatting" will often find some patterns for you.

Some intermediate techniques

The Beginners Class used to be five lessons in addition to Meet and Greet. The two remaining lessons are now divided into four intermediate lessons:

There is this technique I need learn...

You might come across patterns using techniques you can't do yet. Several intermediate and advanced techniques are discussed in the Ongoing Regular Class, or you might ask for help in an online tatting group. Or you can simply do a online search for the tehchnique for example splitring tatting.

Need more Basics?

Feel like going through the Basics again? Please keep oncoming to the Online Beginners Tatting class, we don't mind giving you the lessons again, and you might even help the new beginners!

The Beginners Tatting Class is only a starting point. Now all the World of Tatting is out there for you to explore!


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