Tuesday, 17 May 2016


The strawberry in Italian is "fragola", that comes directly from latin, in fact it is the diminutive (in grammar) "fragula" from the plural latin word "fraga" (strawberries, source

Basic instructions:

Stems in the "mediterranean tatting diet" bookmark are made by encapsulating all tails with series of second half stitches, making the "Z" chain ( There isn't a proper pattern for this. Length must be adapted to your taste and thread's thickness.

I tatted the last leaf, I didn't cut the thread coming from the shuttle, then took other two leaves and put together in a bunch the long tails left. With the shuttle in my right hand and the bunch of threads in the left hand (stretched), I tatted unflipped second half stitches.

With the long tail left from the calyx, in the same way (shuttle in right hand and threads in left hand), I tatted 2nd half stitches to make a short stem for the fruit. I did the same also for flowers. That because I didn't want fruit and flowers directly attached on the main stem, but that was just my choice.

Back side for the strawberry:

 Back side for flowers:
I suggest to follow your style to put all elements together. Be creative.

Tip: there's many ends to deal with, also different lengths, so I attached shuttles one for each tail with a weaver's knot, to have a bundle.

At the end, I finished with a tassel, in this way:
I didn't cut the shuttle's thread, not yet. With the same shuttle, I tatted 3 little rings around the end of the "Z" chain. The stiches' count for this rings must be adapted to the thickness of the bunch of threads. Ends coming from the "Z" chain were split in two, then I added another bunch of short threads (about 12cm) and tied them in the middle with two ends from the "Z" chain, very close to the end of the chain. This bunch of short threads and the ends coming from the chain were folded in half and blocked with a ring, tatted with the same shuttle I used for the chain (leave a short bare thread to create the tassel's appearance). Again, the stiches' count for this rings must be adapted to the thickness of the bunch of threads. I made 3 rings of 14ds and left a long tail (about 6cm). 
Comb and trim the tassel.

Phew! This long post has been very difficult for me, all these English words and very few pictures! I hope I didn't forget anything, otherwise tell me off!

What can I do with this second one? A present, for sure!
แล้วพบกันใหม่   ค่ะ
(hope that is right! This writing is amazing, isn't it? rings an chains...)
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bye bye
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Friday, 13 May 2016

edible flowers

That is someone can eat flowers, except these one in cotton, that may result a bit indigestible.

Actually in our diet we have flowers, like courgettes' flowers, artichokes, chamomile, saffron, broccoli, capers... Strawberry, botanically, it isn't a proper fruit but it's called "accessory fruit" and I've learnt that blossoms are edible and leaves are edible as well! OK, that's good to know, but I'd rather wait for the sweet red pulp!

I used the magic trick to hide the tail in each yellow ring, but I left long tails at the end of green and pink rounds. Start green round joining at one yellow picot. It's better starting pink round joining the next yellow picot after that one (chosen start for green).

I hope you like my version of the flower, enjoy!

Additional tips from Muskaan about her tatted leaf (pattern is in previous post) can be found here:

Another tip from my side is that instead of using a clip, to change direction, I also tried something I've learnt when I tatted the mystery doily, that is
- leave a small picot,
- first half,
- one complete ds,
- reverse work, adjust last ds and continue the chain.
That worked for me.

... And that is for the sake of curiosity, I worked directional tatting, except for the pointed chain in the leaf, where I used my way to tat it, holding the second shuttle in my right hand. Jon's way and my way are just 2 ways to make the same knot. In my drawing I have in the right hand the SH2 shuttle, like in direct tatting. In the left hand I have the core thread. The knot is tied by the working thread over the core thread, exactly the same knot. It is the same movement done with thread around the needle in Puncetto lace. Not my invention. At that time, it was summer 2010, I taught myself the basis of "puncetto valsesiano" lace and discovered that I could speed my work (I'm very slow with the needle) with the help of the shuttle. I was doing a hanky. It looked to me like roll tatting, but it doesn't unravel, then I thought to use it in place of normal chains or mock rings, I didn't think to use it for changing the shape of the chain, that was Jon's clever idea. My experiments were shared at the end of 2010 in flickr:


... and also in April 2011:

My last tatted piece for the bookmark was one leaf, that is because I used one shuttle loaded with green (coming from that leaf) to encapsulate tails coming from two of the other tatted leaves... But I tell you next week.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

yet another leaf - yet another butterfly

That's just another tatted leaf, as there're many and lovely tatted leaves. But if you compare this pattern with the strawberry's pattern, you surely notice that they are almost the same! I loved playing with split rings!

You see there's 3 puncetto knots in my pattern, that it's exactly the same knot described by Jon here:
She had that clever intuition to use that knot for making the chain pointed! Thank you very much, Jon!
I tat that Puncetto knot in this way (drawing):

Pattern for a Butterfly with Ikuta's picots.
If you like learning what picots I am talking about, please go to Muskaan's blog, here:
Many thanks to her for clarifying the theoretical part and for helping me to find a notation for this pattern. 

All rings' loops are with SH1. Always tat normal ds with SH1. In my pic, the yellow thread is SH1, yellow segments are normal ds in a ring, the white thread is tatted like in a chain, white segments are normal ds in a chain.
Black indicates ring segments and SH1 picots;
Red indicates chain segments and SH2 picots (please note that SH2 in this pattern may be a ball thread).

JSS is the "join to the smooth side" and it is followed by a second half stitch.
p = normal picot
------ = very long faux picot (used for antennae, cut it only at the end).

R1: 3-3-3-3-3-3, 1 p 4
R2 (inner ring): 14 p 14
R3: 4+(join to R!) 1-3-3-3-1, JSS(join to R2). 1-3-3-3------, 1 p 4
R4 (inner ring): 14 p 14
R5: 4+(join to R3) 1-3-3-3-1, JSS(join to R4), 1-3-3-3, 1 p 4
R6: 4+(join to R5) 1-3-3-3-3-3, 3 

(Post updated to amend an oversight, sorry!)

Tie and cut (hide ends).
Cut the very long faux picot in half and make a knot at tip of each antenna.


dag/daag (have a nice day)
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Friday, 6 May 2016


Thank you very much for your last comments, I loved all suggestions I had for using the thread left in shuttles.
About that cheap shuttles, I'm content for now, they work good and I don't care to use the nail file if that helps me to save money for buying threads!

About the "mediterranean tatting diet": ready and finished, it was yummy! But you will see it after few posts about the pattern. I was ready to start the bookmark only when I tatted all these pieces:

That was less than what I tatted for the first version last year (at that time I picked only selected fruit for the lunch), in fact I had 3 versions of the strawberry, 2 for leaves and 2 for flowers and some failures. Then arrives that moment, when you slap your forehead with your palm. I found a funny dictionary online, no - sorry - it's a serious one, where they explain what a "facepalm index" is. Link is here:
If that was applied to my tatting design moments, I would get an FPI around 3, not bad though :-)

That is the pattern for the strawberry (2 versions) and calyx. Let me know if it's clear. I'll put it in flickr, too.

Allaha ısmarladık
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

testing new cheap shuttles

Do you have an idea why shuttles disappear? I thought I had a lot, but it was not so, then I bought some more. When I asked for my usual little cheap (€ 1,00) plastic shuttles, they gave me those instead:

The producer is the same, but they changed everything: the smoothness is different, the plastic - material - is another type, the metallic central pivot disappeared. I had to refine it, "knock the rough edges off", I used a nail file, that never happened with previous model. The shuttle slips and drops often. Do I just need to get used to them?

That shuttle challenged me, so I must use it... guess what I'm tatting with it! An easy guess this time! I'll give you the pattern in next post/posts (I don't know how many), hope you would like tatting it with me, with your shuttles!

And here it is a glance to what happened to some shuttles... After tatting few coloured bracelets I have leftovers, but what I can do to empty them? Suggestions needed!

um abraço
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Friday, 29 April 2016

green carpet (and roses)

Thread is dmc size 80, white and green (col.num. 368). Doily's pattern is from a drawing I have done in 2011, but actually I was not happy with it, I had never tatted the "real doily". Now I think those roses are a beautiful complement. For perfection's lovers, there are many flaws, chains in last row are 10-10 outside and 7-7 inside, but some have been tatted wrongly, and a couple of rings are not the right stitches' count. Those roses also, they are exactly the number of roses that I have tatted, that is I kept those not centred and not perfect. You see what happen here when Mr Meticulous go out for a week!

Roses' pattern is by Jeanne Lugert and can be found here:

Here it is with another background.

I played with an app in my smartphone, too.

That was the doily half done. There are the central part, tatted around the first rose. Then there's the round showed in previous picture. All around there are 6 triangular motifs that are joined to roses, and everything is surrounded by the last sinuous round.

joigin, bāaibaai
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That's a great site for anyone interested in languages:

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

sharing is fun!

Thanks a lot for the great time I had yesterday with Georgia Seitz and The Online Tatting Class !

I shared a tutorial where some alternate methods to curl rings are listed, something a bit different from CRs, but it's everything explained there, if you please:

Thanks a lot to Muskaan. She was precious for encouraging, correcting my English and testing everything (EVERYTHING!!!).

I also prepared a pdf with 4 bracelets' patterns, where those effects are used. You can be surprised by me this time, they have even a name! Instead of bracelet #1, #2, etc, I called them "Bracelets Capriccio", if you are curious about that name, in Italian "capriccio" means whim. There's an idiomatic expression that says "ogni riccio un capriccio" ("riccio" means curl). Literally it is: [curly-haired people have] one whim for each curl, that is a way to joke with someone who has a temporary fancy/desire. It is nice, by no means rude, even with people with straight hair :-) 


(Update to add the link to a closely related post by Muskaan: )

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