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Needle Tatting Basics

Instructional Websites:
Roger's site Needle Tatting Two, which has tutorials and of course the message boards for lots of help:
Of course Barbara Fosters, Handy Hands has a small tutorial for the beginner:
Georgia Seitz, Bella On Line Tatting Editor, now has some good tutorials on Needle Tatting.
ABC Tatting Patterns (Laura Evans) is a great site for beginning needle tatters. It has lots of info.

Pam deVries has some basic tutorials for making rings and chains and a few other basics:
Tammy Rodgers's excellent needle tatting illustrations:

Needle tatting is accepted at the Embroiderer's Guild of America Exhibitions

1. Begin with a loop of thread

2. Fold loop over on itself; one loop faces right and one loop faces left

3. Insert pencil, chopstick or tatting needle under the sides of the loop and over the two sides in the middle

4. Pull down on the tails of the thread; note how the ds tightens up to the chopstick

5. Make a left facing loop and slide over the point; make a right facing loop next

6. Pull on the tail on the left side until the ds tightens up to the chopstick; note the space of thread left between the old ds and the new ds

7. Slide the new ds along the chopstick until it touches the old ds; note how the space of thread left now peeks out in a small loop, or "picot"

8. Practice more ds and more picots until you feel comfortable wrapping them on the chopstick, pencil or tatting needle

9. If you make a mistake, simply slide the work off the point and start again; note that if you work too close to the point the ds will "jump" off the needle in a wild bid for freedom

Now that you have learned how to wrap the thread onto the tatting needle, let's learn how to turn the ds and picots into rings and chains of lace.
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