Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles by
Georgia Seitz
11460 Via Appia
Anchorage Alaska 99515-2905 USA

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Please review the method of split ring tatting.
Picot Net Split Ring Instructions
Suzann Welker's Split Rings
Needle Tatted Split Ring
Anne Orr's Original Split Ring
GS Basic Split Ring

1. Remove the ring from your hand and replace it so that the first stitch made is held in the pinch and the bare thread to be covered is on the right (assuming right-handed tatting.) Change left hand position so that forefinger and middle finger are together (or position clamp here instead) and the pinky and thumb and ring finger are together.

2. Or, spread the fingers of the left hand wide and bring the palm of your hand around to face you. The working area then becomes the space of bare thread between the pinch and pinky.

Remember that you must keep the working thread (between your forefinger and middle finger) taut. Do not let it relax. Do not let the loop be transferred. Instead pull the shuttle thread gently down towards the bottom of the loop until it is in position next to the first stitch of the ring. In order that the second half of the split ring have the appearance of being right-side up, you begin with the second half of the double stitch. Thus when encapsulating threads in this manner, it may also be necessary to alter the half-stitch order as you change directions.

This first method of wrapping the thread for a split ring may also used when hiding ends or introducing additional shuttles or subtracting as desired. Threads do not have to be the same in size.

Review the method to encapsulate threads:

Do not reverse work. Change left hand position so that forefinger and middle finger are together (or position clamp here instead) and the pinky and thumb and ring finger are together.

The previously completed tatted element (ring or chain etc.) should be slightly tilted and held in place by the thumb. The shuttle thread, along with both tail threads, are held taut and do not relax during this process.

Use the outer thread shuttle to wrap the thread around all other threads in the manner of a split ring. Trim excess or tails where desired but be certain you do not cut away the outer thread shuttle.

(Note: this method of encapsulation is sometimes referred to as directional tatting particularly when used for chains. Just keep in mind that you are not "tatting" but wrapping the DS. And adjust the order of the half stitches to create the front side up look as desired.)

Now let's give this a try. Change the position of the left hand, clamp the multiple threads together. Use the shuttle with the outer color thread to wrap a DS over the thread bundle. If using a clamp with teeth you may want to use a pad to protect the thread bundle. If using a third hand type clamp or sewing bird, you can adjust the position of both hands for comfort.

Free form tatted elements such as the flowers, buds, leaves, tendrils and stem you notice in the above photos can be tatted separately or as you go and the threads encapsulated. You bring a thread out of the bundle and use it to make a flower or leave then return it to the bundle and go on to the next element and the next color.

To finish off a segment:

1.Choose one or two threads and make a end element such as the two tone bud in this photo. Tat that element and then lay the tails back into the bundle going the opposite direction.

2. Using the outer color thread continue to wrap the thread bundle extra tight as you are covering more threads.

3. Not only can you add interest to your free form tatting by using multiple colors as in the blossoms pictured, but you can also use multiple colors within each tatted ring or chain by using the maltese ring technique or by using needle tatting with two different colored threads used alternately.

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