Still Playing…


Thing 1’s flower

I’m still playing around with tatting…and I’m having fun! I finished a tiny needle tatted piece the other night. Well, two of them, actually, because Thing 2 snagged the first one, which meant that nothing would do but that I make another one for Thing 1. Lol. My Bryony has pocketed every single piece I’ve made, most of which are failed attempts at something else. She doesn’t care. She likes the bright colors of the variegated threads and the loops and whorls of the patterns, even though they’re unfinished and chock full of mistakes!

The two pieces I finished were…flowers, I’m guessing. Six inner circles, six outer chains. And I’ve learned that connecting that last chain can be a beast! The tatting needle itself is too big to do any connecting; you’ll have to take the thread off and put it on a much smaller needle, like a tapestry needle. The other thing I haven’t figured out is what to do with the second thread, since I was working off the ball.

And another mystery to me: I want to try a bookmark pattern I found, but I want to do it via needle rather than shuttle. The problem is that it will need a ridiculously long tail for the circles. The pattern calls for 30 closed circles, each one being 6-2-6, 15 circles to each side of the bookmark, and chains to the outside connecting all the rings together. That’s a lot of thread with the ability to knot itself up long before I manage to finish the work. How does one work larger needle tatting projects?! Without finally throwing it across a room, of course. I know I’ll be working off the ball for the chains, but the rings are all supposed to be done with the needle thread, and I am really unsure how to do this. I’m actually pretty sure that a very long needle thread is going to prove to be my undoing. And I also hate to waste thread, particularly since it’s not that cheap!

I would be happy to hear advice from other more experienced tatters, if any of you have a minute to comment!


3 comments on “Still Playing…

  1. Sorry I can’t help – I shuttle tat. Have you tried Craftree? They are very helpful for needle and shuttle tatters. Free to join and they don’t spam.


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