Sunday, 16 November 2014

fior di filet - Part 3

The last chain of the block tatting has been blocked with a lock join (with the green thread) just in the middle between two blocks. I didn't reverse work but I did a shoelace trick to switch shuttle and change the color. Here is the corner:

Chain*: 7-5
Ring: 3+(to last picot of last ring of the trefoil)3+(to central picot of last ring of the trefoil)3-3
Chain: 3
Ring: 3+(to previous ring)6-6-3
Chain: 2
Ring: 3+(to previous ring)9-9-3
Chain: 2
Ring: 3+(to previous ring)6-6-3
Chain: 3
Ring: 3+(to previous ring)3-3-3
Chain: 5+(to the first Chain*)7

I did a normal join in the middle of two block, then reversed work.

Then I started another chain of 6ds, that became part of the next block of block tatting.
After making the trefoil motif, here is a picture that show where I shuttle joined the last chain of the block:

Then I went on with corners and sides ...
...till the last corner. The first ring of the trefoil is joined to the last ring of the corner in its first and second picots.

To finish, I blocked ends passing the green thread under the bare thread left (in the "first" round) while joining the last block to the point between the very first ring and chain.

Well, that's all. I'll be so happy if you like it, first because I had fun challenging me to mimic the filet and tatting it and second because I loved sharing this fun with you.


Friday, 14 November 2014

fior di filet - Part 2

In this post I continue with the photo-tutorial for the squared flower inspired by Sardinian filet lace.

In the previous post there's how to tat the central part; it's not really a two rounds pattern because the inner part flows into the outer part. For me SH1 is the green thread, SH2 the orange. Sorry for the bad quality of these photos, orange became red!

My gauge with size 80 thread is 14ds per centimeter.

Coiless safety pins are very useful as stitch markers too, but I feel as I can't tat block tatting in the same way without them. I put the pin just after the last ds in the first chain of block tatting because I needed a picot exactly there.

pic. 1
After four repetitions, I made a normal join to the starting point, between first ring and first chain, leaving a very short bare of SH2 thread, needed for the closure of the pattern at the end of the outer round. Do not reverse work.
pic. 2
Then, you see in pic.2 that I changed the direction of tatting, there's no need of any shoelace trick here because the next chain will be part of the block tatting below. Make a lock join (with the green thread) to secure this chain.
pic. 3
Then make a chain of 3ds and with SH2 make a trefoil: ring 3-3-3-3; ring 3+3-3-3; ring 3+3-3-3; back with SH1, make another chain of 3ds.
I took the pin out at this point. Lock join with SH1.
pic. 4
The last chain of the block tatting that is below the trefoil has been done in reverse tatting, the green thread in the photo. A lock join (with the green thread) blocks it in position. Try to join to the green bare thread under the central ring.

And then... to be continued in the next post!


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

an edging to match with "fiore di filet"

It's not as bad, isn't it? Well, I haven't got another square tatted yet, but I took some photos while I was tatting.

Two shuttles pattern, shoe lace tricks, shuttle lock joins, reverse tatting, block tatting...

Lucky me! A good friend ( ) had sent me a ton of pins. They come in handy with all this block tatting! Thank you very much!

pic. 1
(I added the second thread without knots, with the help of Jane Eborall! Check it in her website!)

The square of previous post, the "flower of filet", started with a little ring 3-3. I used two colours to better show the pattern and then it could be clearer when I switched shuttles.

After the little ring, I haven't reversed work, added the second shuttle and tatted one ds, a very small picot (vsp) and 6ds.
pic. 3
Then I've tatted 4 rows of block tatting ( see
With the orange thread (the core tread in that position) I tatted a ring 3+3, joining to previous ring.

... to be continued (with the same chain showed in pic.1).


Monday, 10 November 2014

sardinian inspirations

When you're feeling down there're nothing better than friends that cheer you up and something new to learn.

In the picture there's also a corner of my sampler started after the class of Sardinian Bosa filet.

I've almost finished the hanky with daisy chains and I've started a new tatting project for Christmas. That it isn't the conical helix, that's beyond my capacity, not for this year, at least!


Monday, 3 November 2014


An irregular doily could be sign of several things.
- the tatter sporadically forgot to control herself, or to regulate thread tension or to read instructions (or all together)
- she suffers from indeciveness when it comes to colours
- she has been overwhelmed by too much techniques in that narrow area
- she worn her fingers out hiding too much ends with the needle (poor thing!)
- definitely you would say that she needed a second chance...

That grammar book in the picture was printed in 1954, I treasure it because of handnotes written by my father. Men in the picture joke with the word "irregular": man1: "what's irregular(wrong)?" man2: "spark plugs burned." (well, that's my best irregular translation!)

How do you finish ends?
I find this link very instructive:


Monday, 27 October 2014

100 posts! - WIP and attach tatting to fabric

I can't believe this is the hundredth post! I should say that without all your kind comments I'd have stopped soon! Thank you very much for your priceless support!

The African doily is already at its second last row, you see that I'm still dithering between yellow and pink, but in this moment I like both so probably I'll keep on tatting one another colour.

Dianire, in a previous post, asked how I attach tatting to fabric. Of course it depends on which kind of fabric, on the design, if it's an insertion or an edging. 

You can find a lot on the net, I've "googled": "attach tatting to fabric" and I obtained 55.400 results! There's also a thread on InTatters.
I like suggesting you to read at least these 3 links:

I prefer two methods, the hidden stitches and the button-hole stitch.

In order to prepare a piece of linen fabric, for example, I take out one strand from the fabric with a pin, about 1cm from the border; then I fold the fabric 2 times and tack it in position, Then I sew the hem with the same thread that I used for tatting or one similar to the fabric - I usually sew a single hem stitch ("orlo a giorno semplice"). See also

Ah! Have you seen the news about the mystery doily? It's no more a mistery, the designer is Dr. CeSea Lawson. Read Georgia Seitz's article here: (ooops! soon as it will be available again!)


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

never say never

I was wrong, my flowers fit perfectly side by side. The shoehorn lies unused...

Jane made a post while she was tatting this row of flowers:

In that post there's another close view that shows how she joined flowers together. I think it's working very good, even I didn't block it yet.

Do you see the twisted picot? Well, there's no way you can convice me to untat it.