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Monday, September 13th, 2021

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Beginner's Class Homepage

Class 1: Getting Started     Introduction, Meet & Greet
    About Classes & Classroom     Supplies for Classes
    Winding the Shuttle

Class 2: Beginning to Tat
    Learn the Double Stitch - DS, ds
    How to Tat a Ring - R
    About Reverse Work - RW
    About Picots - p

Class 3: More Techniques
    Adding a Thread
    Tatting a Chain - Ch
    Do Not Reverese Work - DNRW
    Up Join & Down Join
    Intro to Pattern Reading

Class 4:
    More Pattern Reading
    Folded Ring
    Shuttle Lock Join - SLJ

Class 5:
    Playing with Picots
    Shoe Lace Trick - SLT
    Tatting Split Rings - SpR

Class 6:
    Self Closing Mock Ring
    Thrown Off Rings (TOR)

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Beginner's Shuttle Tatting Class 3 - More Techniques


Preparation for Class 3:


  • Sand Dollar Pendant & Earrings, adapted by Kendra Goodnow - a free pattern from Handy Hands – make the Pendant this time
  • Optional:
    • Make pendant in 2 colors (one shuttle for rings; one for chains)
    • Include pic of shuttle(s)
    • Include pic of yourself “wearing” pendant – humor counts!
    • Include earrings from last week in your “ensemble”
    • Include pics of shuttles


You may have already seen "CTM" in patterns. This means starting to tat with the working thread continuously connected to the ball (or other shuttle), rather than cutting the thread and knotting the two together.You will save yourself dealing with 2 thread ends each time you start CTM.

To wind 2 shuttles CTM, wind the first shuttle as full as necessary. Then pull enough thread off the ball to wind the second shuttle as full as you need it to be. You can wind onto a thread holder first (or the outside of the first shuttle), then onto your second shuttle. That way you will avoid dealing with knotted thread during winding of the second shuttle.

Class Video: Rings and chains with picots

Guess what! You tatted double stitches when making a Ring, so you already have the skills to make a Chain. Chains are the nice arcs of double stitches that you see connecting rings. To make a chain after a ring, you will need to reverse your work so that the base of the ring will be up and the back of the ring is facing you.

The ball (or second shuttle) thread will be the thread on the loom although the Chain loom is just a bit different than the one for a Ring. Your pinch will be where the chain will begin. Take the ball (or second shuttle) thread only over the backs the first 3 fingers of your loom hand, then wrap it around your pinky finger a

and the thread coming from the ring; the shuttle thread. Make your ds's tight to the base of the last element made. Gapsosis is to be avoided, so watch your starts carefully.


There are several different motions you may have to make to position your work properly when transitioning between the element you just made and the next one you'll need to make.

Reverse Work (RW) is to take the top of the just finished element and flip it forward and down so the opposite side faces you or visa-versa; like a trunk opens and closes.

Turn (T) your work is to turn it in a side-to-side motion; like the pages of a book.

Rotate your work the side facing you stays facing you; the work is just rotated l like a steering wheel. If not specified it usually means 90°, otherwise a specific degree is usually specified.

REGULAR JOINS - Class Video: Regular joins

In your tatting, you will want to connect elements together. You'll make these connections between the element you are tatting to a previous element's picot.

For an
Up Join you will need to pull a loop of ring thread, from above the pinch, UP through the picot. For a Down Join you will need to pull a loop of ring thread, from above the pinch, Down through the picot. Then pass the shutttle through that loop.

Next pull out the slack of the ring thread until it is as tight around the core (shuttle) thread as a regular half stitch. You may need to alternatly and lightly pull on the loom thread then the shuttle thread to get this join tightened up.

The shuttle thread will be in the position it would be as if you flipped it; so be careful that you don't unflip when tensioning this join.

The shuttle tatter's join counts as one half stitch, so make the second half of the ds after the join to complete the first ds of the next set of ds's in your pattern.

READING PATTERNS - Class Video: Reading Patterns and tatting terms
There are many forms of pattern writing out there and it can be very confusing for beginners to understand what everything means; here is a page to help you understand different types of pattern writing:

Read, Write and Diagram Patterns

Things to do when making a pattern the first time:

1. Read through the pattern at least twice to see if you are able to under stand it. You don't need to understand every twist and turn this second but are there any terms you do NOT know that you want to get help with first before going further?

2. Ask yourself: What will I do with my thread ends; how my project will be used? Can I knot my ends and cut the threads close on the back because it will be mounted in a frame and not seen? Can I use the ends of the threads as part of the hanger on a Christmas ornament or bookmark? Do I need to hide them inside my DS?

Remember the number tells you how many DS to make, the dashes (-) tell you how large your P should be..

Have fun, We will see you in class!

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