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Hanging the Cluny
Cluny or Petal Tatting,
aka Death-Grip Tatting

The lace element known as a tally is used in many styles of bobbin lace. In bobbin lace it takes 4 bobbins to create. The weaving thread goes back and forth over the other 3 threads. Most tallies are created with points at the beginning and end and look like a leaf or petal.

In tatting this "leaf" element can be created with only 2 threads. Called "Cluny or Petal" tatting, it is a type of weaving process done with the ball thread (or shuttle 2) wrapped around the "left" hand and the shuttle or needle carrying the thread over and under the loom threads. Traditionally this construction substituted for a chain.

Today, however, the tatted tallie can tumble free of its confines and flutter leaflike freely in the breeze.

So how do we progress from:


Like many of you, I started here:

AKTATTER's first cluny tatted piece. In this piece, the white tallies were created using just the hand for a loom; the green tallies were created using a plastic loom to hold the threads. Tammy Rodgers has posted these directions for making your own cluny loom" Plastic Cluny Loom and Pat Tizzier has shared her directions for a loom also.

And then I met Mimi...

The Best Place to Start Cluny Tatting
is with Mimi Dillman

Mimi Dillman has a special fondness for cluny tatting and she has developed a series of photos to help us master this technique. The instructions link is on this page, Cluny with Mimi, with a cluny tatting bibliography and links to more cluny patterns online.

Wally Sosa has prepared illustrations for those using the tatting needle, also. Cluny with Wally

With these and aids from many tatters posted online, the study and use of the cluny tally is tatting has become more popular. Here a just a few patterns referenced in the online tatting class archives.

Tatted Kite Mimi Dillman,
Stephanie Peters, Green and Red motif,
Mimi Dillman Cluny Easter Egg ,

Cluny Tatting from the Past
Priscilla #3 pg 18 Cluny Directions
Priscilla #3 pg 19 Four Antique Cluny Patterns

And then along came Tim...

Cluny tatting has by no means stopped evolving. Although studying with Mimi certainly enhanced my appreciation of the cluny tally, it was Tim TenClay that made me realize that the tally need not be anchored at both ends after all. Tim's step by step photos of the HCL, Hanging Cluny Leaf. Wow.

And while cruising the Via Romana of tatting in Italy I met Cinzia...

So I began paying more attention to the cluny tally and noticed that one of Edda Guastalla's (visit Edda's website) students/colleagues, Cinzia Gabrieli was using it. She was inspired by Tim's work also and she added a little twist to it to add more color to the element also. She has shared this wonderful array of patterns with the online tatting class. Many thanks to her!

The basic hanging cluny leaf on a rose.
The 2 color hanging cluny leaf.
Details on the proper wrap and weave for the 2 color hcl.

2 applications of Cinzia's hcl/chcl: Edging with cluny, baptism pillow.
Bracelet with cluny.
Diagram for above.

When preparing lessons to share with the online tatting class, I often rely on members on the class to help prepare models. However, when I called for models for the cluny, hanging cluny, and 2 color hanging cluny, I was underwhelmed with volunteers. Not knowing what was the obstacle, I studied the online work, the texts, the explanations, the diagrams, the patterns. I came to the conclusion that we had too much info and the how-to part needed to be condensed or simplified.

And then along came Ruth Perry one October morning...

While moving from Ohio to Kansas last fall Ruth Perry stopped over at AKTATTER's bed and breakfast down on the farm. I very cleverly took advantage of her before she had her morning tea and got her to contemplate the problem. The rest is history. Ruth has prepared the simplified instructions and has made up several patterns to tempt us into trying this out. Many thanks!

Ruth Perry's Easy Hanging Cluny
Ruth Perry gives permission to freely copy and share this technique to all. Please be certain that a note crediting the designer in included when sharing.

Please visit Ruth's blog to see more hanging cluny tallies in full color.

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