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

Chain only edging from antique tatting book in Finnish

Shuttle Join / Lock Join

The Shuttle Join in Theory

One uses the shuttle join to join down instead of up to the picot. It is used most often when doing lots of chainwork. The shuttle thread is pulled thru a picot or point of attachment in a loop and the shuttle passes thru the loop made. Hold the shuttle thread gently and bring the work in progress over so that it touches the picot used to join. Then gently pull up the slack in the shuttle thread and tighten. One usually compresses the stitches prior to making the shuttle join to enhance the curve of the work if desired. Also, be sure to check the correctness of your work before making the shuttle join as it is a real bear to undo. It is also necessary to concentrate on pulling the shuttle thread straight up at a 90 degree angle when tightening it. Right or left hand tatters often work a slant into the shuttle join by pulling in their dominant direction. Pull straight up to avoid the slant.

The shuttle join basic instructions:

The shuttle join uses the shuttle thread to attach to a previously tatted point below the horizontal line of progression. The tatting is accomplished to the point of the proposed join. Snug up the double stitches and check the correctness of the work to that point. A shuttle join is not easily undone. If the work is correct, let the shuttle thread drop down behind the free standing picot or other point of attachment on the previous tatting. Pull a loop of the shuttle thread thru the picot, slip the shuttle thru this loop, but do not tighten it yet. Pull on one side of the loop only, so that the new tatting is drawn up to the old tatting and then hold both segments under the thumb while the shuttle thread gently pulls up the slack in the loop and tightens down. Continue to tat.

Remember you do not have to have a picot in order to join. The join can be made over the tatting to enclose it or into the tatting between two stitches. The join not only lets you bring two or more items together in the horizontal plane, it allows you to go below and above the plane and even to across the plane in different directions.

Diagram A for Finnish Chainwork Edging

Diagram B for Finnish Chainwork Edging

Diagram C for Finnish Chainwork Edging

Handkerchief edging pattern no. 2 shared by Marie C. Gunby of UK
Diagram Gunby 2

Diagram Gunby 3

Horizontal use of gauge = double width picot
Picot Gauge Exercise

Vertical use of gauge = single width picot