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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

treble tatting stitch - summary updated

The page "Treble Tatting Stitch - Summary" has been updated to include the following lines:

(how to climb out in rounds) video in YouTube:

Video in YouTube (Bridging):
Around a metal ring:


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

video for treble tatting stitches in split chains

How to tat treble tatting stitches in split chains.
You should already know how to tat double stitches in split chains.

About split chains, there's an array of resources in Muskaan's blog, at this link:, under the paragraph: "SPLIT CHAIN (SCh) / DORA YOUNG KNOTLESS (DYK) / BRIDGING".
My personal preference goes to the page shared by Jane Eborall, here:

In the video I'm following a simple pattern, just to show the split chain and how to use it in a pattern where you need to climb out to a next round.

I've another post about tds in split chains, but it's how I tatted treble tatting stitches around a metal ring, from left to right (link:

In the current video, I'm tatting the second side of the split chain from the right to the left.

At the end, I tatted a mock/faux tds and a split ring to climb out and continue the pattern without cutting the thread (nevertheless, I can already imagine some patterns that can have split chains without a mock tds).

Watch the video at this link

Starting the chain in the usual way, I tatted 4ds, then 3tds. Then I prepared the left side of the mock tds, tatting a vsp and one ds.
Join (shuttle join) to the point the split chain has to end, then come back with 4ds in split chain.
From now on there are 3 tds in the split chain.

Proceed in this way:

1. Let the thread drop behind the bare thread. Bring the shuttle to the front and then through the loop.
2. Pull the loop behind the bare thread and upwards, tighten it but leave a very short picot. That is the tricky part, because the picot tends to close. The height of this picot determines the height of the first treble stitch, then it has to be gently pulled, not tight.

3. Make a sort of a "fingers' loom":
  • FIRST LOOP. Laying the picot across the ball thread and pull up a loop of thread through this picot. Keep that loop opened, holding it around the ring finger.
  • SECOND LOOP. Take the shuttle thread from under the bare thread of the chain and anchor it around the middle finger (clockwise).
  • THIRD LOOP. Bring it downwards around to the little finger (counterclockwise) and then back up to the chain.

Then the treble stitch's movements can be done:

4. Pass the shuttle behind and through the SECOND LOOP, from back to front, for a total of 3 times.
5. Pass the shuttle into the FIRST LOOP.

Now the thread needs to be settled in:

6. Close the FIRST LOOP gently pulling the thread between around the middle finger.
7. Close the SECOND LOOP pulling the thread around the little finger.
8. Close the THIRD LOOP pulling the shuttle's thread.

I repeated the same for the next 2 tds in the split chain.
I finished with a vsp and a ds in the split chain, that is the right part of the mock tds.
For how to tat a mock picot, watch this video in YouTube:

The video end with a split ring.

Thank you for watching my videos. 


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

How to tat a tds in a split chain

Split chains are very useful when you need to climb out in a pattern, without cutting the thread, I usually use them in my tatting.

As a reference for how to tat a split chains with double stitches, there are many resources online.

Muskaan collected a list of useful links in her page "Tatting Resources". Also, there are videos by Karen Cabrera, Frivole, and in the YouTube channel of the Georgia Seitz Online Beginning Shuttle Tatting Class.

So, I've been seeking a way to tat the treble tatting stitch in split chains, too.

I had to waive the complete double stitch within the treble, in fact there is only a first half stitch in the first "leg", but that little exception lets the stitch appearing, anyway.

(That little change in making the tds makes me wonder if the tds could have been alternatively tatted  in this way!)

Here I'm using a metal ring, but it is the same concept of the split chain, if you substitute the ring with the bare thread. I used the ring for the sake of clarity, since I've used a very thick thread, thickness is - maybe - 3mm.
1. Let a loop of thread drop behind the ring. Bring the shuttle to the front and then into the loop.
2. Pull the loop behind the ring and upwards, tighten it but leave a very short picot.
3. Laying the picot across the ball thread and pull up a loop of thread through the picot.
4. Let this loop opened

That was the first "leg" of the stitch.

5. Bring the shuttle to the back of the ring
6. Pass the shuttle behind into the loop thus formed, from back to front
7. Repeat, passing the shuttle into the loop for a total of 3 times
8. Pass the shuttle into the first loop (that one in pic 4.)

That was the second "leg".
But now the thread needs to be settled in:

9. and 10. Close the first loop (that one in pic 4) pulling the thread between the two "legs"
11. Pull the shuttle to coil the second "leg".

In pic 12 there is the stitch finished.

I hope to have a pattern ready to be shared next week, with a practical example.


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

half closed tatted rings with treble tatting

These are half closed rings, pattern is fast said, they are rings with 7 treble tatting stitches.
It's a lovely narrow edging, it would be perfect for a hanky!

When it happened to me to tat a line of half closed rings, I soon discovered that adding a second half stitch at the end helps in blocking the ring in position, in this way the bare thread doesn't slide and the half ring doesn't close.
In the case of treble tatting stitches, making a second half of a double stitch helps the core thread to be moved to the right position, to start the next half ring. Also, the half ring doesn't close if you, accidentally, pull the thread.

Thanks to Georgia Seitz and Muskaan, who gave me a chance to brush up on my pattern for a cabochon (treble tatting in hearts ). In fact, it was shared in the Online Tatting Class on Febrary 18th.

I bought 4 rivoli and started trying the pattern with 2 of  them, but I forgot to protect the back, following a great hint by Yarnplayer (Marilee Rockley), that you may find here:
I'll do it, with the other two.

The pattern worked well, even with these rivoli, that have a diameter of 18 millimetres.
I haven't decided yet, if I'll add the second round.

I updated the header bar here, to add the "TREBLE TATTING STITCH - SUMMARY" page.
I hope it will be useful, it is only one page which can be attached with any teaching pattern.
The pdf version is available, too:


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

jumping in place - starting without the very first ds

Here it is a tatting-jump workout that worked for me and, I think, would work for you, too. Tat as much as you can in 15 minutes, then rest for 1 minute, then repeat for 15 minutes and, well, you know, tatting is addictive...  If only I could finalise all these rough ideas...

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

Each treble tatting stitch starts with a very small picot and one double stitch.

But when you tat, for example, a ring, it seems that a very first ds is needed, it is essential, in order to create that very small picot that starts the tds. I discovered that that is not true.

Not every pattern/element has one ds before the first tds. It depends on the pattern.

In some of my patterns, I already started the first tds without any ds before that, for example here: chubby chic tatting

So, here it is where the jumping exercise can burn many calories...

vsp = very small picot
ds = double stitch
tds = treble tatting stitch

Start a normal ring, with the loop around your hand. Now, I want to start with one tds, without the very first ds before that very first tds:
If you look the arrows, actually I used the bare thread in place of the very first "vsp", then the very first ds is already part of the very first tds. (There's a way to hide that tail, too. But that is for another post...)

Laying the bare thread across the ball thread, pull up a loop of ball thread.
Then, take another loop of the ball thread and pull it through the previous loop.
That is the first half of the tds.

Now, slip the shuttle through the loop thus formed. Don't tighten it, yet.
Take a loop of the core thread in the ring finger, then pass the shuttle from back to front, through the loop, 3 times.
Tighten the ball thread and don't let the core thread slip out of place.
Then, pull the core thread.
That is the second half of the tds.

Well, I've been playing with my white and yellow threads and ended with many ideas but without any finished item!

What can I do with a ring without any ds at all? I passed the shuttle through the loop around the hand, closed it and the ring folded in a funny way:
If you don't "post" the shuttle, the ring folds backward.
Then I wondered, where would a starting tds (without a starting ds) be useful?
Maybe in a line of split rings?
That is a nice jump, so it inspired me to go on:
I have quite a pattern, but, maybe, it needs minor changes and - why not - beads! It could be a bracelet (I love tatted bracelets!)

But I keep on playing, then:
The simplest place to "jump high in place" is in chains!
In pics there are arrows pointing to the "vsp" and the "ds" that have to be used for the first half of the tds.

There is one thing about the treble tatting stitch (abbreviated "tds") that I haven't written yet, in this blog: I chose the term "treble" because it is the closest term to my Italian "punto alto". The "ds" is the traditional stitch, then tds is the treble ds. Simple to memorise.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

put to good use

Now, this little doodle is with my mum, I'm sure she already put it to good use. I could tat it again, even though, next time, I think I'd change something, in fact I was trying to get the effect of hearts over hearts, it looks like I got a rose, instead...
It's tatted with 2 shuttles, no cuts from start to end, metallic thread is Finca gold and DMC red.

I've another little project started, but I'm at a point where I don't know what to do,  it's a mignonette doily pattern, with rings that have also treble tatting stitches:
I had to cut out all the last round, it happens! It wasn't for stitches' miscount, but simply because I didn't like it. That is what a design in progress looks like, at times!
In between a rose and a doily,  I'm preparing 4 or 5 tiny purses, those will be surprise gifts for friends, so.... Shh!!!
Pattern for the mignonette purse is by Sandra Hameed, but I put bugle beads till the last round. 
I found the pattern at this link: 

Have you spotted the grey and pink bag in the last picture? It is the "large handcrafted tatting bag", made by Tamie and sold in etsy:
Actually, she sells them at a very reasonable price, if it wasn't for the high shipping costs from USA to Italy! But the sweet Tamie found a way to send a padded pack, to reduce costs, and the bag arrived safe here in two weeks! For once, I splurged!


Tuesday, 29 January 2019

pattern ready for Valentine

This is the pattern for the earrings I showed in previous post, only text.

CTM= continuous thread method;
ds=double stitch;
tds=treble tatting stitch;
hidden picot= a very small picot every each tds;
LJ= lock join;
JSS= Join to the Smooth Side (Anne Dyer's join)

Elements in this pattern:
- Spiral ring with treble tatting;
- Mock ring (SCMR);
- Curled ring;

I chose to tat the centre and the contour in 2 different colours.

Start with one shuttle, Spiral ring: 1ds, 12tds.
Left and right earring can be tatted symmetrically, depending if you post, or don't post, the shuttle inside the spiral ring before closing it.
In my next pictures, I inserted the shuttle inside the loop around the hand. You should do yourself the other earring.
I closed the spiral ring, joining the hidden picot between the 8th and the 9th tds (there are 4 tds before the joining picot, if you count from the last tatted)

Cut the thread if you like to change colour.

I wound 2 shuttles CTM with the white thread, then I made a lock join with one shuttle to the same hidden picot where I closed the spiral ring. I hid the tail inside the first stitches in next chain.
Chain1: 25ds.
Mock ring: 3ds, picot (here it is where you can put a bead), 3ds.
Chain2: 8ds, JSS (in the hidden picot of the ring, between the 3rd and 4th tds), 12ds, LJ to the starting point of this outer round.
Without reversing work,
Chain3: 5ds
Curled ring: 6ds, picot, 6ds, close.
After that, I closed the curled ring around the Chain1 and ended the pattern finishing with an SSSR (Miranda's method) of 6ds/6ds.


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.