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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

visual patterns for little motifs with treble tatting stitches

treble tatting - little motifs

bit by bit

I'm very slow tatting, lately. Gradually, I hope that all WIPs will turn to finished objects instead of UFOs. I've almost finished the bedspread for the dollhouse, forgot where the swirling butterflies doily is, and still got bogged down by the treble tatting project (if you like, read my own definitions of  WIP and UFO here:

Today I only have samples to show you.
There are daisy picots and also daisy picots with unflipped stitches, in which I tried to mix double and treble stitches.

Actually, daisy picots are called picots but they are like chains, as they involve tatting unflipped stitches on the thread that is used for picots. It is like in Maltese ring tatting, both techniques have unflipped stitches made with a second thread, but there is a difference. There's a post by Miranda (here:, where she clearly explain that with the daisy picots, unflipped stitches are made on the thread around your hand, while, in Maltese rings, the unflipped stitches are made on the core thread.

I learnt (reading this page: that "the daisy picot" is a technique developed by Gale Marshall (I suppose just before 2004, it could be 2003, because I found a reference to this technique in a blog post by Gina Brummet, dated 2003).

Those stitches (they can be double or treble stitches), tatted on the picot, can also be done in a normal way, that is flipped. That technique, I learnt from other tatters, they called it "dsop" (double stitches on picot) by G&R Houtz, in their book from 2009, "Tatting GR-8 Alternate Threads". Unfortunately, I still haven't bought the book, but here it is a link:

In my picture, 1,4 and 5 are examples of daisy picots, white thread is the chain thread (second shuttle) and then stitches are unflipped.

Then, in samples 2, 3 and 6, there are daisy picots with flipped stitches.

May I call those tds on picot, in my sample 3, "tsop"? What do you think?


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

tatting movements and stitches

****** Happy New Year! ******

Please, N.B. : This post is my own perspective on defining/dissecting tatting stitches through movements.

My special thanks goes to Muskaan, her help has been precious to clarify the rough concept that I had in mind (and also to put it in a good English 😊).

Please read also my other post about tatting stitches and techniques, here:

In order to state that the treble tatting stitch is a valid tatting technique, and trying to do my best to rationalize things up, I now want to reassure traditional tatters...

1.   Tatting has just 2 basic movements: the first half stitch and the second half.

Note: Basic picots are not movements, nor stitches, they are just bare thread.

2.  Those 2 basic movements, plus only one additional movement that is the twist, can be combined so that they make few basic techniques, that are the so called basic stitches of our lace. The twist can be done with the core thread, or the ball thread, or both.


3.   The way the stitches (basic techniques) are combined and connected with each other, forms the variable part; those combinations are true techniques, not stitches. (It is a fact that there are many technical solutions to the same problem, for example there are various types of joins.)

Note: Joins involve a 4th basic movement of pulling a loop and passing a thread through (that is, the shuttle for shuttle tatters and the needle for needle tatters).

4.  It is due to this variability that a design can be executed in more than one way or even have a different finishing appearance. For example, a different effect can be achieved by changing only the bare threads, or the technique to make decorative picots.

Please note that:

5.  I'm not talking about design elements, that usually means rings and lines, but there's more. Design elements can be tatted using any technique (stitches or true techniques). For example, onion rings, pearl tatting, block tatting, split rings, curled rings,... are design elements.


In this perspective, reading point 2., traditional double stitch is a combination of 2 basic movements, and the treble tatting stitch combines 3 basic movements, hence it can be called stitch and is a valid basic technique. If not, so why English speaking people had the need to baptize as stitches the Lock Stitch, that is another combination of the 2 basic movements, or the Padded Double Stitches that are featuring also the twist, or Double Double Stitch?
Rose motif, pattern at page 15 of Priscilla Tatting #3, with "Priscilla's knot stitch" tatting
Maybe, explaining tatting in these terms, that would help other tatters to try new unexplored combinations of the basic movements. For example, what if I did only a first half and then a twist? Would it work? Has it been yet invented? How many twist? How many basic movements' combos have still to be tried?
Edging tatted with "Dora Young's knot stitch", explained in her book "All new knotless tatting designs".

I sincerely think that tatting is still evolving and there is a set of techniques that are internationally accepted and named, while another set is subjected to different approaches, like, for example, different names for the same technique. I'm trying to explain tatting in a new way, that is moving far from the rings-and-chains definition, focusing on movements and stitches, instead. That’s nothing new, in fact also crochet and knitting and bobbin lace use the term “stitches” for their techniques.

And to think that someone had called it the lost art!

Next post will be about treble tatting stitches in rings with daisy picots, but here it is a sneak peek of what I'm tatting right now:


Tuesday, 27 November 2018


I'm taking a break from blogging, see you next year 🤗

In Facebook I've found a good wish, for everyone of you:

"I don't want much for Christmas. I just want the person who is reading this to be healthy, happy and loved."

In the meanwhile, I will try to finish the doily that I called "girandolina" in Italian, and you already know the centre as the swirling butterflies motif, for which I have shared the pattern. Only pictures, but I hope to have something better to show, next year...


Tuesday, 20 November 2018

treble tatting in hearts

For the sequence of steps for tatting a tds, please refer to this post: treble tatting - ideas or watch this video in YouTube:

What you see (if, by any chance 🙀) inside the tatting, it is an ice drop, a clear rounded glass, diameter is 2cm. It's transparent, it can be hardly seen in the pics (sorry, also the gold thread isn't easy to photograph).

In next collage I put together two pics, the front side and the back. The ice drop is clearly visible from the back.
The ice drop, also known as cabochon, was already nice, even without the outer round with hearts. Actually, those curled rings shaped little hearts around it.
In next pic I'm sorry it's not so clear, but there are two different parts: one flower, only rings, one shuttle, for the rounded front side,
... and another part, a star with 8 points, curled rings and chains, for the back side:
Rings are all 5ds between each picot, and curled rings are 8ds, very small picot, 8ds. Chains are 5ds, picot, 2ds, picot, 5ds, and are connected each other in their picots.

The two parts, flower and star, are connected while tatting the back side, with those curled rings wrapped around the top beads in the flower. The cabochon was inserted before tatting the last chain.

But there weren't treble stitches around my cabochon... 🤔😄
Of course you already know that I'm in the "tatting treble mode", Lol!

I thought the ice drop would have been even nicer with another round, then the heart with treble stitches it's something I've been thinking about for a while...
That is only a first idea, I think that it's something that I would love playing with again. Can you imagine how many tatting combos there are, with ds and tds together in tatted dimpled rings?

Thread is Finca metallic gold colour 0006 n.2/C, doubled (that is, shuttles are wound with 2 strands of Finca thread, it is almost like a size 20 thread), beads are rocaille miyuki 15/0 galvanized dark mauve (4213).

An update about the embroidered netting lace, that is a pic with the rectangular doily finished, now I have to fill the remaining space, so the precious handmade net won't be wasted.


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

chubby chic tatting

Definition of chubby chic:
A style of tatting that uses threads and beads that are or appear pleasantly chubby and slightly soft and worn.
(source: well, I'd rather not tell you 😄 )
Pattern: for the first half bracelet,  I followed the pattern written in previous post, for the second half, I only tatted tds chains, reversing work every 2 tds.
Thread is thicker than a size 10, in the pics you can see there's a big difference between this one and the size 80 thread that I'm using for the dollhouse's bedcover.
For the second half bracelet, you can try to add more beads or more tds, to make your own version.
I hope you like it. Happy tatting!


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

a lanyard with treble tatting

I added a lanyard to the pendant showed in previous post, but this time I played a little, adding treble tatting stitches. Of course this lanyard (with or without beads) can be used also to tat bracelets or bookmarks' tails or eyeglass necklaces holders.
For the previous necklace, I tatted all split rings, with beads. You make the loop around your hand with 2 beads in the loop, then, before tatting the second side, one bead is moved in the starting point of the split ring, while the second bead is trapped at the base when you close the split ring. Beads are pre-loaded in shuttles. The two detached lanyards are connected to the pendant with 2 curled rings of 8-8 double stitches (that is 8ds, very small picot, 8ds).
Actually, you see from last pic, in last post I lied 🙇🙇🙇... I didn't cut and tie and hide the two ends of thread at the end of the pendant... Instead, I tatted the ring 8-8 double stitches, leaving a very small bare thread space, then I curled it and blocked that ring in position, over the last chain tatted in the pendant, being careful to hide the second thread tail "inside" the curling.
In that way, I already had both shuttles ready to start the lanyard on that side. The other side lanyard has to be a fresh new thread.

But I don't like tatting the same old boring things, do I? No, I'm joking, tatting is always fun and beautiful! 😍
Well, I thought, I could have fun, changing the all split ring line with something different, and - why not? - with treble stitches!
I tatted a sample without beads and with two colours, so I hope the pattern is more clear than the tatting with that gold thread used for the pendant.

Pattern: start with two shuttles and tat a ring (or you can start with a split ring). My split rings are 8double stitches each side. Reverse work (I reversed work after each split ring). Exchange shuttles and tat a chain of 3 treble stitches. Then do not reverse work and use the ball shuttle to make the loop around your hand and tat the next split ring. Close that split ring and reverse work (in this way, also shuttles are exchanged), then tat again a chain with 3 treble stitches. Go on till you reach your desired length.

If you, like me, want to add beads, I did it in this way: beads in split rings are put exactly in the same way I did in the previous - only split ring - necklace. Then, before starting the chain with treble stitches, slide one bead from the core shuttle and another from the "ball" shuttle, then tat the chain and before starting the next split ring, do the same, sliding one bead from the core shuttle and another from the "ball" shuttle.

Thank you very much for all your nice comments.