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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.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Pattern for the pendant with zoliduo beads

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That's a treat for you... There aren't treble stitches in this pattern, but you know that has been a real challenge for me resisting the trick 😉 and to do not change anything respect the original pendant shown here:

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), zoliduo 5x8mm beads matte metallic lava red (3 left and 3 right beads), one swarovski pearl 6mm, rocaille miyuki 15/0 galvanized dark mauve (4213).
You'll need 2 clips (or 2 safety pins).
SH1 = first (or core) shuttle; about 1 meter of thread.
SH2 = second (or ball) shuttle; about 2 meters of thread.
The 2 shuttles are wound CTM.
LJ = lock (shuttle) join
AJ = alligator join (that is, pass the SH1 thread over and the SH2 thread under the work before the next stitch)
LP means long picot. A gauge is needed, 5mm.
Numbers in this textual pattern are double stitches.
+ means normal upper join.
fhs = first half double stitch
shs = second half double stitch

Symbols for beads:
b = rocaille miyuki 15/0
B = swarovski pearl 6mm
Zr =  zoliduo 5x8mm right beads
Zl =  zoliduo 5x8mm left beads

This is a basic pattern, only rings and chains, for only one pendant. If you like adding a tatted lanyard, for wearing it as a necklace, that is left to your creativity.

Symbols are the same that I found in this page by Nina Libin (Beaded Earrings):

: = one bead 'up' (on the picot) one 'down' (on the shuttle thread)

Plus these symbols:
Bb* = 8 b beads 'up' (on the picot) one B bead 'down' (on the shuttle thread)
·:· = 3 beads 'up' (on the picot) one bead 'down' (on the shuttle thread)

Please remember (from the same page by Nina Libin):

How to load beads:
Wind SH2 shuttle with 3 and half meters (just a little more than required) and unwind about 1 meter, then load beads (after that, you'll load the one meter in SH1 shuttle). Load beads in this order:
  • 71 b 
  • 10 b
  • 3 Zr (through the hole in narrow front side)
  • 1 B
  • 3 Zl (through the hole in narrow front side)
  • 35 b

Wound SH1 with the thread you had unwound and divide beads: all first 71 b must go on the SH2, then the rest on SH1. That is, you must have 10 b in SH1 as first beads, when SH1 thread will be wound.

Start with a clip (or a safety pin) and the first element to be tatted is a chain.
Chain 5 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 Zr 1 Zr 1 Zr 2 Bb* 2 Zl 1 Zl 1 Zl 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : fhs AJ (after the first 6 pairs of b beads) shs : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 : 5 Reverse work;

Ring 6 LP 3;  Reverse work;
Chain  2 : 1 ·:· 1 : 2;  Reverse work;
Ring 3 + 1 LP 3; (join grabbing the long picot passed through the second hole of the zoliduo left bead on the first long chain)  Reverse work;
Chain  2 : 1 : 1 ·:· 1 : 1 : 2;  Reverse work;
Ring 3 + 1 LP 3; (join grabbing the long picot through the second hole of the zoliduo left bead on the first long chain)  Reverse work;
Chain  2 : 1 ·:· 1 : 2; LJ to the long picot passed through the second hole of the zoliduo left bead on the first long chain; (do not reverse work)
Chain  2 : 1 ·:· 1 : 2; LP with the shuttle core thread (block it with a clip or pin, passing the LP through the second hole of the zoliduo right bead on the first long chain); (do not reverse work)
Chain  2 : 1 ·:· 1 : 2;  Reverse work;
Ring 3 + 1 LP 3; (join grabbing the long picot blocked through the second hole of the zoliduo right bead on the first long chain)  Reverse work;
Chain  2 : 1 : 1 ·:· 1 : 1 : 2;  Reverse work;
Ring 3 + 1 LP 3; (remove the clip and join grabbing the long picot passed through the second hole of the zoliduo right bead on the first long chain)  Reverse work;
Chain  2 : 1 ·:· 1 : 2;  Reverse work;
Ring 3 + 6; (join grabbing the long picot passed through the second hole of the zoliduo right bead on the first long chain).
Remove the very first clip and join work to the starting point. Cut and tie and hide threads.

Happy tatting.

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Do you remember that I've been learning the embroidered netting lace? The ladies from Bosa, maestre of their Sardinian filèt called  “SU LÀURU 'OSINCU”, came again last week. I'm very slow with this work, I'm still on the same net started last year, but I always learn something new, every time they come here. That is a pic of the net just today:
and a close up:


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

over-under treble tatting

I found the shuttles with loaded zoliduo beads, started in May, and so I tatted a sufficient length for a bracelet. Then, I finished it with a round only chains. But this time I've used double and treble stitches, with 3 shuttles. It looks like I've added beads, isn't it?
Is that pearl tatting?
Before you answer yes or no, please read this post by Muskaan:
and her pdf linked in that post, too.

I also prepared a video to show the method used. The effect here obtained by the hidden picots of the treble stitches, it is like the over-under picots showed by Muskaan in her pdf file.

In the video I'm tatting a chain. I'm using 3 shuttles, but only one is the working shuttle (blue thread).

White and yellow threads are used to tat one stitch at a time.
Passing from one stitch white to one yellow,
- put the white thread to the left, in front of the work,
- then pass the yellow from back to the front, through the space between core thread and the white,
- tat the next stitch with the yellow,
- then put the yellow to the left, in front of the work
... and continue the same alternating white and yellow.

In the video (about in the end) you'll see also how I untat a treble stitch. Tatting trebles, the thread twists a lot, so the shuttle must be dropped often.

Link to the video:
Thanks for watching.

For someone interested, the little red and pink edging at the bottom of the video, it is all split rings, alternating threads as the core thread, once over and next under.


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

treble tatting is tatting

I recorded me tatting trebles. One time more, I must say that treble tatting is not crochet. It is true tatting.
treble tatting tds

In the video you will watch me tatting with 3 shuttles and - I promise - I'll use the crochet only to take out loops from picots! 😇
I hope you'll find the video useful, even if it is without sound or text. You may turn on background your favourite music or whistle something while watching...

Link to the video:

I recommend first watching other videos on how to tat the treble tatting.

Pattern (only text) is here:
I suggest to keep the pattern's text in front of you while watching the video.

Sorry, while recording the video, I forgot a couple of ds at the end of the Maltese Ring. Though it isn't a big mistake/difference, I think it's better a slightly bigger ring, like I did in the written pattern.

Thread in the video is cotton: yellow and white are DMC Cebelia, size num. 8; blue is HWT - 3 strands of size 80, Lizbeth, colour 122.

The bracelet is a sequence of modules. They are tatted with 3 shuttles, let's call them X, Y and Z.
In the video:
X is the shuttle with the white thread,
Y is the shuttle with the blue thread, and
W is the shuttle with the orange thread.

(For the bracelet showed in previous post, the shuttles X and W are same colour thread and wound CTM.)

In the video, you're going to watch me tatting only the first module.

In my bracelet there are 10 modules. A sequence of these modules can also be used as a bookmark. You choose how many modules you like tatting.

Please note that it took me 💥💥 40 minutes  😱 💥💥 to tat the module, but the video plays at double speed. Treble tatting time is triple tatting time indeed!

Thank you for watching.

Added one update in previous post:
I'm not sure about terminology, that is I'm not sure about what I called here "daisy double stitch" (dds) in my sample number 4.  In fact, in the daisy picot technique, you make unflipped stitches with the second shuttle over the picot. But here I do the flip. Any help, please?

Next post will be about my samples number 3 and number 4 (and a little more). I mean, I hope that! 😀


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.