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Needle Tatting Basics Part 2

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:
Gillian Buchanan, Bella On Line Tatting Editor, now has some good tutorials on Needle Tatting.
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. Now let us consider how to attach the newly tatted element to the previously tatted piece. Make a regular pratice ring with picots using a cut piece of thread.

2. Slide the ds over the eye of the needle and close into a true ring.

3. Look carefully at the ring. The front side is facing you. Note the bars across the legs of the picot. The bars indicate the front of the work.

4. Examine the back side of that ring. There are no bars on the legs of the picot which indicates the back side of the work.

5. Now let's join one tatted element to a previously tatted one. The easiest method is to simply slide the needle through a picot and continue to wrap ds.

6. A neater method of joining is to place the wrapping thread under a picot and use the point of the needle to draw up a loop and slide it onto the needle.
Pull down on the wrapping thread to remove the slack and continue to wrap ds. Look at the legs of the picot used for the join. There are bars on the original picot but not on those on the new ring. This UP join is the traditional method of joining.

7. To enhance the look of your tatting please consider using a more modern method. Place the wrapping thread on TOP of the picot and use the point of the needle to pull down a loop of thread. Slide the loop over the needle and pull on the wrapping thread to remove the slack and continue to wrap ds

8. Look at the picot's legs again. Now you will see bars across the legs of the picot on both rings. This is called the DOWN join

9. How to repair an error in a closed ring.

10. Go to a picot on the ring. Slide the ds apart slightly. Grasp the core thread and pull down a loop. work this slack around

11. When there is enough thread to hold onto just pull the core thread all the way through and the ring unravels.

12. How to close a ring when working with a ball thread. This is a self-closing mock ring. Wrap the ring and then slide the ds over the eye of the needle. Place your finger in the loop so that it does not close completely.

13.Next take the point of needle and slide it through the loop from right to left. Remove all slack.

14. Place closed ring down with the threads on the side away from you. Turn ring from right to left as if turning the pages of a book. Note the threads cross. Bring the needle under the thread on the right and over the thread on the left.

15. Pull on boths tails to make a tie (just like tying your shoes) and secure.

16. To make a chain, bring the bottom of the ring to the middle of the needle and hold while you wrap the ds for the chain. When done, slide the ds over the eye of the needle. Pull the slack completely through, do not catch the loop.

17. Set the chain, down, turn from right to left, bring the needle under/over the crossed threads and make the tie.

18. To make a split ring. Wrap the ring as normal half way.

19. Unthread the needle. With the eye on the left use the thread from the eye to wrap the ds for the rest of the ring. Rethread the needle and slide the ds over the eye and close into a ring.

20. Note how the ring now exits opposite to where it started. Compare this construction with the regular ring which starts and stops at the same place.

21. To make the split ring more clear, this model is wrapped with a second color thread on the "split" side.

22. When closed it makes the difference evident.

23. To make the split chain, wrap the chain half way, then unthread and turn the needle. Use the thread from the eye to wrap the remaining ds needed for the chain.

24. Before you thread the needle again. Put the eye through the point of attachment, i.e, a picot. Thread the needle and then slide the ds off. You can also throw off other tatted elements from the wrapped chain.

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