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Tuesday, 28 January 2020


I'm playing with some new threads, probably you've already seen my photos in Facebook.
That is a multicoloured Sanbest thread, it looks completely different on the spool, so I'm very happy with the result.
My pattern up there mixes double stitches and treble tatting stitches and the section with trebles is a chain, with the under-over effect that makes it look like rings. I used the same effect in the snowflake with the ice-drop in the centre (here:

I'm enjoying playing with this metallic Sanbest thread, these are other things I tatted with it:
That is a module, pattern is by Eva Antonucci.

Those bracelets are just lines of split rings, beads are preloaded in both shuttles. Pattern is a repetition of split rings tatted in this way: move 5 beads in the loop around  your hand, then tat 6tds with beads in between (move from the hand), then the other side is 8ds, very small picot, 3ds. Close it, letting the two last ds and tds stitches very close to each other, then, when it's closed, the core thread is near to the very small picot. To continue, lock join the core thread to the small picot, reverse work, switch shuttles and go on with the next split ring.

If you share any of my patterns, please put a link to this blog, don't copy and past pictures. I hope you understand, thank you in advance.


Tuesday, 21 January 2020

variations on the theme

In Priscilla#3, figure 29, there's an edging that is very nice to tat.
Way back in 1924, they wrote that edgings would be perfect for pillow cases and sheets, but... in case you have a sparkling thread to use up, some edgings and trimmings are perfect for bracelets, too.
It is pretty easy: all chains. Each chain is the same number of stitches and the join is at about a third of the chain. In the "all ds" pattern, you can vary the number of ds, or you can add picots or beads, then you can change the position of the join, to obtain a wide range of similar patterns.

I tatted some variations, but I substituted double stitches with treble tatting stitches and now I wish I could try all possible combinations!

Thread is metallic Sanbest thread, they sold 3,4 and 6 strands, the thickness of the silver in the picture is 4 strands and - my opinion- it is like a Liz cotton size 20. The other two are 6 strands, that are like a cotton Cebelia size 10. In the Facebook group, friends wrote that the 6 strands thread is like a Liz metallic size 20, but I don't have any of that, to compare myself.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

shine the light on the tds

That is a new-to-me thread, Sanbest polyester, 6 strands. It comes from China, very smooth and perfect for tatting, even for tatting the treble stitches! I found it thanks to a Facebook group, led by Eva Antonucci.

It inspired me a new design:

It shines like the gold thread, I did my best to take a good pic but it's not easy.

It started as a snowflake but ended like an ice-drop, in fact the rivoli was added at the end.

The problem with any metallic threads is that it twists a lot while tatting the trebles - a lot more than with cotton thread! -, so you need to drop the shuttle very often to let it untangled. In this pattern I did it every 3 tds.

All my patterns need to be reviewed and my files need some "spring cleaning", maybe I should commit myself seriously... This sounds like a new year resolution, but, well, keep an eye on me and in case please help this lazy girl to behave...

And now please let me shine the light on this one: the last doily designed by Sue Bradham. A pic is here:
That is a great joy for me, a technique is not useful without designers that include it in their tatting!


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

my bedroom shrank

That is the bedroom finished, with the help of "Dalì L'artista". 😍😍😍This doll room boxes are the perfect place for my tiny tatting 😍😍😍

For the bedspread, tatted some times ago, the pattern is about the same as the Mrs Odum daisy. I've shared the modified pattern here:
I started it in 2017, about the time of this post:
Wow, 2017! Time flies!

My bedroom needed some tassels, I wound some thread around a card, then blocked each one with a very little tatted ring:
They came out very realistic looking:

The flower is from a pattern by Daniela Mendola, I already shared it here:

Daniela is organising a sort of tat-along, in collaboration with the facebook group "Chiacchierino: Filo, Amore e Fantasia", for a doily's pattern that then will be shared in her blog. For each round she will propose 2 different options, that should be voted in the group. Visit her blog for more details:

The lamp, the chandelier and the floor lamp have been handmade by my aunt, with bugle beads and glass beads. I love them!
The bedroom furniture is plastic stuff, bought at the newspaper kiosk, but it looks very good. I folded some fabric for the wardrobe and changed the anonymous seat to a flowery decoration.

The frame's pattern is all rings 8-8 and chains 10-10, it is just the first round of this edging (link to my Flikr's photo):


Tuesday, 24 December 2019

xmas, angels and friends

The following xmas' scene has been made with the help of my friend "Dalì L'Artista" (the lady that decorates the shuttles that are in my photos).
She suggested how to set the scene and I found the perfect way to show my tiny tatted balls and the snowflakes tatted with the silk (

Then, in the next picture, there's "Another Christmas Angel", I'm not joking, that's its name!
Pattern is by Jennifer Williams. I tatted it because friends of the Italian group in Facebook chose it among others by J.Williams and I helped with the translation and the instructions.
Pattern is here:

It is a gift for my mum, she loves it! We put a small light under the dress. I tatted it with silver embroidery thread DMC E168 (polyester skein). For the head, I tatted one ball with white DMC Diamant D5200.
Pattern for the ball is one of mine (

There are beads, too. For sleeves and dress I used bugle beads 2mm, then for wings I used silver transparent rocailles 15/0, and for the head dress 2 rocailles 15/0 and one swarovski 2mm. I haven't stiffened it, since the polyester is firm enough and it stands alone without any wooden shape. Also, the ball (head) is empty.

About the snowflakes I've been tatting, I've exchanged some other messages with Sue Hanson. She is really helpful and a sweet lady! She found another snowflake with block tatting. She rescued it with the wayback machine:
So, I already updated the list in previous post.
Here it is:

Direct link to the pattern by Carol Rasor:

The site went down after that Ron Solomon, the owner, went tatting with the Angels and nobody else stepped in. All snowflakes are by different designers, they are all worth a try, all original and it would be a great loss for the "Tatternet" community if they will disappear. I would like to make a plea to all tatters, if someone can suggest a virtual place for saving all those patterns. I would suggest Craftree...

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and today I like leaving you with a phrase about friendship:

"...A faithful friend is a sure shelter, whoever finds one has found a rare treasure. A faithful friend is something beyond price, there is no measuring his worth. A faithful friend is the elixir of life..." (source: The Bible,Ecclesiasticus)


Tuesday, 17 December 2019


I'm learning a lot from this project. I committed myself to tat a dozen of snowflakes that contain block tatting.

Those in pictures are the last three I've tatted.

The first thing that I learnt is that very few designers have used block tatting in snowflakes, and you can count on one hand those who posted for free.

The second thing that I learnt (actually I confirmed my view) is that block tatting is an advanced technique. You always need to tweak it a bit, depending on the pattern, whether you are literally following designer's instructions or whether you want to tat it in the way 'you think' it's better for you.

This is the updated list of free online snowflakes that I've found till now:
5)pattern by Roger L. aka Freedman:
6) pattern by me, my "fior di filet" snowflake, here:
7) pattern by Jennifer Williams ("star using block tatting"):
8) pattern by Ben Fikkert:
9) pattern by Jane Eborall:
10) pattern by Jane Eborall (block centre): (***)
11) pattern by Jane Eborall: (***)

Those with the (***) are two patterns where Jane Eborall uses the "new to me" technique of block tatting done with lock stitches chains, she has a technique page here:
That is very intriguing, for sure I want to try it soon. Every Jane Eborall's pattern is an enjoyable learning experience, I'd rather say E-learning 😉!

12) pattern by Carol Rasor:


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

spotted white

These two snowflakes are designed by Jane Eborall and Sue Hanson
Thread is dmc cordonett special B5200, size 80.
White thread is beautiful for this subject, but it gets dirty very easily, even if I try to keep it clean washing my hands often.

It was my intention to tat more snowflakes with block tatting in them, at least a dozen, but this time Mr.Google gave me a poor help, bringing me back only these two.
Then I remembered that in Craftree there's a wonderful patterns' library, and I found another one, that I will tat soon.
But my goal will be hardly reached.

Luckily I received a sweet message from Sue Hanson, she is so kind, she spotted other free snowflakes' patterns with block tatting in them, that I'm going to tat soon. There aren't many snowflakes that have block tatting, some of these are in books and then not free.

This is the very short list of free online snowflakes that I have in this moment:
1)Jane Eborall's "Catherine wheel motif", pdf is in her page (among a storm of other snowflakes) here:
6) my "fior di filet" snowflake, pattern is here:

UPDATE: sorry, I forgot to add in the list that one designed by Jennifer Williams, you can find the pattern in her site, that is


Tuesday, 3 December 2019

days of december

These are Eight and Ninth of December, snowflakes' patterns by Lene Bjørn:
Thread is DMC Cordonett Special B5200, size 80.

In both cases there's block tatting and that is the main reason I wanted to tat them. The other reason is because I've bought 12 wooden frames, to make little xmas gifts.

At a first reading, the drawings were pretty clear, but then, with shuttles "in action", I realised that photos and diagrams are facing different direction, that caused me a little confusion...

... and that is the reason why the "8th of December" is not a faithful reproduction of the original. Anyway, I tatted the two rounds continuously.
All in all, that is a lesson for me as someone who presumes to draw patterns for others, I think till now I didn't pay much attention to keep consistent drawings and photos.

I would love making more snowflakes that have block tatting. If you please, in case you know any other free pattern, I will be happy to tat it, ❄❄❄ possibly 🤞 within these days of December ❄❄❄
I've found one by Jane Eborall and another by Sue Hanson, I will share my white versions next week.


Tuesday, 26 November 2019

fior di filet - pattern for a snowflake

"Fior" is the contraction of the word "fiore", that in Italian means flower.
Pattern is in Flickr.
There are two rounds, worked continuously without cutting the  thread after the first round. 

I used Jane Eborall's method to join rows of block tatting, you find all links and a video in previous blog post.
I switched shuttles after the first ring (I put a "swirl" in the drawing in that point), but I didn't reverse work, I continued with flipped stitches in the normal way. I was uncertain if I should write DNRW but at the end I decided to let the tatter choose her favourite way). I didn't reversed work because I wanted my tatting front side, both rings and block tatting.  But that is my personal choice. 
I tatted all the first round from the front, in counterclockwise direction, taking advantage of the fact that I learned to tat also in "direct tatting", that is how they call the method in which (without changing the position of your hands) you tat unflipped stitches, like when you tat the second side of split rings "the dead spider way". It is very useful, I think, because it speeds up the tatting a lot. 
After the round with block tatting, I didn't reverse work passing to the second round, my shuttles were already in position to start the outer round with the chain, but I changed the direction of my tatting, going clockwise. Where the swirls are in second round, you can choose to switch shuttles, instead I just changed to direct tatting. If you like, you can tat that chain all the same direction, it will look like a flower's petal.

I should thank Muskaan, she was so kind to test tat the pattern (she suggested the idea of the flower petal), her help has been precious. I learned that whatever direction you take, the journey and who walks with you are what matter. Happy tatting 🥰🥰🥰

I also wanted to blog about two other snowflakes I've just tatted, patterns are by Lene Bjorn, 8th & 9th of December, but that is for the next week!

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

oops a snowflake

I've brushed up on my block tatting. That happened because I found that my printed copy of Jane Eborall's drawing was not up to date with the last one in her site. My copy was from 2007, while that online in her site is from 2013. That's my fault, of course. I follow her blog and I know well that she often updates her patterns and technique's pdf, that is a wonderful thing, at least if only all her students paid attention, oops, um...

I noticed that many tatters join rows of block tatting in a way similar to that explained in Julie Patterson's drawing (2006):
Me too, I use that. But sometime other ways are more useful or convenient, like the one I used in an edging, to have blocks in one colour and rings in another, it is showed here:

So, when I remembered my printed copy of the drawing by Jane Eborall (2007, amended in 2013: ), I had to try it again, to better look at the final result, comparing the two joining methods.

That is a great method of joining, I like it a lot and it also inspired me to offer you a new video.

Sorry dears, this time I wrote the video text in Italian. Another news is that I added an audio (music) to the video, please forgive me if you don't like it.

This is the link to the video in YouTube:
On the left the J.Patterson's way of joining rows, on the right J.Eborall's.


Christmas is coming fast, I had started tatting snowflake earlier this year but life (and tatting distractions) happens and now I have to catch up.

The one in the first picture from up top is a pattern of mine, modified from a square to a six pointed motif. The squared design is "fior di filèt", if you like the snowflake version I could share this pattern, too.

Thread is DMC Cordonnet Special B5200, size 80.
((((UPDATE: Pattern is in Flickr))))

The second snowflake I've tatted this week is designed by Jennifer Williams, you can find the pattern in her site, that is


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

tatting sphere

I've tatted some spheres, following the video lesson 183 by Karen Cabrera (in YouTube), then I wondered what they would have looked with beads.

Pattern for the sphere starts with a ring, then it is tatted counterclockwise all around with only chains, connected to previous round with lock joins. It is a different pattern but uses the same technique used for tatting the beaded tatted rope designed by Elisabetta (and showed in previous post).

White thread is DMC Diamant, equivalent to a size 50 cotton thread. I put inside a little wooden bead, very lightweight, diameter 1cm.
I loaded all miyuky and rocailles, size 15/0, in the ball thread.

Beads are put "face-up" on picots, I've shared the how-to here:

Like all beading works, it needs a pattern for how to thread beads in the correct order (the ball thread is named SH2 in my hand drawing):
If you're working with 2 shuttles, you'd read it in this way: the right side tells you how to thread your beads in SH2. Then unwind a small amount of thread from the SH2 and load with it another shuttle, named SH1. Start tatting a ring with SH2 (5 picots separated by 1ds), then switch shuttles and from now on use the SH1 as the core shuttle. I worked CTM, only 50cm of thread is needed in SH1 and about 1 meter and half on SH2.
Then, read the diagram horizontally. One bead each chain in first round, 2 beads each chain in second round, etc.

First chain has a mock picot, then 1ds, a bead face-up on picot, then lock join to the last picot of the ring.

Each chain, after a lock join, starts with one ds, then the bead slides in place and it is put face-up on the picot. If a subsequent bead is needed, it slides in place directly without any ds in between.

For example, chains in third round have 3 beads in the diagram:
Lock join to previous round, 1ds, first bead face-up on picot, second bead face-up on picot, third bead face-up on picot, then lock join to next picot in previous round.

I drew 6 patterns, I printed a free seed bead graph paper from
I finished off all spheres hiding the ends inside. I've not decided how to use them yet, if in a dollhouse room or as jewelry.

They would be lovely, hanging from a thread and I can see 3 or 5 of them as a cluster for funny earrings, too.

Now a very sad news...
It's with my deep sorrow that I tell you that the tattingsphere has lost one talented tatter.
In memory of Laura (Lalla) Caliò - 1965-2019


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

a matter of joints

... but nothing related to articulation, here.

After playing for one month with it, I haven't changed my mind about the tatted beaded rope: there isn't only one technique to obtain it and each method can be used to create many different patterns. In fact, it's a type of tatting, it uses tatting techniques, you can obtain many textures and effects just changing the stitches' count or the position of beads, the joint method, the way you tat (clockwise or counterclockwise). Also, the beading pattern needs a diagram, that must be provided besides the stitches' count.

I'm quite sure you didn't miss that I'm not sharing clear&complete patterns, I'm just collecting my personal notes and samples.

Among the many methods that you can choose to join, there's also the Dora Young join (it's showed in her book "All new knotless tatting designs", published in 1974 but recently reprinted - I've the last). Every time I open that book, I find it more interesting than before, that's true!

You can find online how to do it, reading these two pages by Jane Eborall: (ok, that's for the split chain but the DYJ is quite that)
Or watching this video by Karen Cabrera: Lesson 69

In the following pic, the rope is tatted with only one shuttle, loaded with beads, every each 3 beads I joined with the DYJ. I started with a ring, 3 picots separated by 4ds, then started sliding 3 beads and joining to the first picot. The spiralling effect is created by both the beads and the double stitches in the pattern. I have joined always on the left side of the group of beads. The amazing thing is that it is a one-shuttle's pattern but I tatted only one ring as a starting point, the rest is just a matter of joints. Only Dora Young could have made such thing possible, one shuttle and no rings...
Beads are aligned horizontally, any beading loom pattern can be used to create a texture, just load beads on the shuttle's thread, for example using the same beading diagram I used for the Demmer's rope (

Another way to join is the lock join: another name for this is "shuttle join" and that is how you can find it mentioned in old books, like in Priscilla's. For example, it is used in the classic "snake chain" pattern (even if many tatters join the turns with the ball thread).

When Elisabetta De Napoli shared her tatted beaded rope in Facebook, she was so kind to share her pattern and let me share it here, too. That is what she wrote:
Work with shuttle and ball. All beads are loaded on the ball thread.
Start with a ring of 4 picots separated by 3ds; then continue with chains with the same stitches' count (that is 3ds),  then lock join to picot (same as if you were tatting onion rings with outer as a chain), then slide a bead. Repeat all around, for all 4 picots, then lock join at the base, slide a bead and repeat, joining at beaded picots of previous round.

The effect is different from the method showed in the video by K.Cabrera here: In fact, in that method the join was chosen among those that lets the core thread free to slide, like the slop'n'roll.

My samples from Elisabetta's pattern are a little different, because I used different beads, also I tatted 4ds between each bead (instead of 3ds):

((Update: this is the same technique used in this video by Karen Cabrera:
Lesson 183 - Sphere - ))


Then, I thought to use the same lock join method, but with more beads in picots.

The next is with 6 beads on each picot (loose, in order to lock join in the middle in following row) :

The next is a continuous chain, each round has a different number of beads in their picots, and I also tried a sort of beading pattern, just to see how it would have looked:

Stringing beads for that, it wasn't easy: each picot has beads that can play a role in different rounds of the beading pattern, I had to draw that, to help me to visualise how it goes:

In the next pattern, each blank space is a white bead, for the red dots I used the brown beads. Only the ball thread is loaded (SH2 in the diagram) and only the string for the first and second rows is showed on the right.


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.