Tuesday, 23 May 2017

join to the smooth side

I'm sorry that I've nothing new here, I'm still tatting the last two rounds of Wiosna2017 designed by Renulek, you can find the pattern in her blog (Frywolitki, Tatting, Chiacchierino).

It's running smooth, her patterns are always a pleasure to tat, thank you very much for the fun Renata! There's another fun in this kind of patterns, the fact that you feel free to relax and tat the way you like. I think I could share how I'm tatting the last round. I've seen in the net that each of us have their favourite method to tat the pointed element in the last round and I like a lot looking at your tatting. Also, that makes me reflect how many different ways there are, to have such a slightly similar result.

So here it is my tip for the tip 😉 : the JSS

The JSS is the Anne Dyer's join, "join to the smooth side", there's a video by Karen Cabrera:

First of all, I'm tatting the last and second last rounds together, like in my previous post here:

I'm tatting counterclockwise, chains are worked with unflipped stitches, in reverse order (second half first). Round 12 has been tatted with the plastic yellow shuttles showed in pictures, except one ring, then round 13 with the light blue shuttles.

So, also the JSS has to be done in reverse.

Descriptions are added below pics. Please note that what I've tatted it isn't an onion ring.
(I've added a picot in the chain to add stability, that's the only change I did in the stitches' count, so the chain is 10-2 before the central ring, then after it is 2+10)

That is the pointed element: both rings tatted close together, without reversing work. Then the chain starts with reverse stitches in reverse order.

Here it is the JSS: second half unflipped then with the crochet's hook I took the loop and passed it through the picot, then the light blue thread passed inside the loop that is the core shuttle, not the working shuttle with ecrù. Then I continued the chain.

Here it is the element finished, I took the light blue thread and made a lock join at the bare thread between those two rings.

Before I forget, there's another thing, about the little ring 2-2-1-2-2 that belong to round 12, that I've tatted with the core thread in light blue in round 13. I don't remember when I started, but it's been long time that I tat only the second half of a ds after each normal join. But in this case, the ring is so tiny that I'm tatting a complete double stitch in the centre, it looks more balanced in my opinion. OK you're right, I need a powerful kind of lens to distinguish, but the camera zoom helps indeed.
I went to Rome last week, and bought some fabrics that -I hope- will become a dress, if I'll be able to sew it! I was in Largo Argentina, it used to be a great place where finding any kind of fabric, I've nice memories of about 30-40 years ago with my mum and aunts, there were many fabric shops, great offers and wide choice. Now there's only one shop but with nice people and very good fabric, "Azienda Tessile Romana".
I've learnt that in that square, each year, they perform a historical reconstruction of the Ides of March, when Caesar was assassinated. (
There are many nice cats that took my attention.
Lately I went in L'Aquila, too. Not yet recovered from the earthquake in 2009, and the earth never sleeps 😟, but strong people try to make stand up that beautiful city again.
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Well, I'm not a new Youtube user but it's my first time with my channel. 😵😵😵😵😵...

My first attempt was a failure, because the video's resolution was very poor, so today's my second attempt, it should be better.

Here it is the link to the a new video, something that I tried to share just yesterday, then it would go with previous post (

I'm going to delete video's links from previous post. Thanks for bearing with me.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

tightening the center - as much as I can

I'm still tatting rosettes from the "Nuovo manuale elementare dei lavori delle dame secondo le più recenti variazioni della moda", 1868, fig.15, page 55. The same rosette is in the "Beeton's Book of Needlework"(1870), fig.12 -"circle in tatting" (
My thread is DMC size 80. I think I can share such an old pattern, only one shuttle is required, two rounds, so here it is:
Centre is 8 rings:
First: 5-4-4-5;
Second till Seventh: 5+(join to last picot of previous ring) 4-4-5;
Last: 5+(join to last picot of previous ring) 4-4+(join to first picot of first ring)5.
Close the flower and then "the circle is tightened as much as possible". If you please, watch the video below.
Second round is tatted with the help of a gauge, I used a plastic strip, the size suggested in the Italian version, that is 0.5cm. Long bare thread are 0.5cm, short bare thread are almost 2mm, picots were done with the gauge used horizontally.

Second round: start with a ring - leaving a short tail to be used at the end to close the round. This tail should be hidden inside the last ring, with a magic loop trick or whatever you want. I used this method: The bare thread of the tail left at the start is part of the pattern. Also, I used the magic trick (with an auxiliary thread, like I did here: to hide the tail left at the end.

Ring1: 3+(join to one outer picot of Centre rings) 3+(join to next picot between rings of Centre) 3+(join to the next outer picot of Centre) 3, close.
>> Leave a measured bare thread the size of the gauge, 0.5cm, then tat:
Ring2: 4-2-2-2-2-4 (here there are 5 picots), close.
>> Leave a measured bare thread about 2mm long, then tat:
Ring3: 4+(join to the outer picot of Centre rings, the same where there is Ring1 last join) 4 and close.
>> Leave a measured bare thread about 2mm long, then tat:
Ring4: 4+(join to last picot of Ring2) 2-2-2-2-4 (here there are 4 picots), close.
>> Leave a measured bare thread the size of the gauge, 0.5cm, then tat:
Ring5:  3+(join to the outer picot of Centre rings, the same where Ring1 and Ring3 joined) 3+(join to next picot between rings of Centre) 3+(join to the next outer picot of Centre rings) 3, close.
>> Leave a measured bare thread the size of the gauge, 0.5cm, then tat:
Ring6: equal to Ring4 .
>> Leave a measured bare thread about 2mm long, then tat:
Ring3 again.
Continue from Ring4 again, then Ring5,Ring6,Ring3 all around. Finish with one ring equal to Ring4, but join last picot to first picot of Ring2, hiding the starting tail inside this last ring.


I was uncertain how to proceed with the centre of the rosette, the text gives for grant that you know how to do that and it's just said "the circle is tightened it as much as possible", also in the Italian version. So I found my way to do it, that's not a rule but only how I do it, as much as I can.

Updated: video is in the new post : "newbie"

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Late tuesday

I know that I'm late with my usual schedule for blogpost, I completely forgot that today was tuesday! It's been a while that I've posted once per week at tuesday, it seems that I haven't got many new tatting done to post twice per week. But I've been learning new stuff, so I'm quite happy.

I'm in late with this doily, too. This is round 11 completed, diameter is 25cm.

I think it would be nice repeating the same trick with the next two rounds, that is tatting them together to mix rings and colours... I'll do that, so consider I could be late next week too...

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Having fun and messing it up

That is the new, beautiful doily "Wiosna2017" by Renulek, you can find the pattern row-by-row starting from this post:  this is the link of the first round in her blog.

Threads are size 80, DMC ecrù and blue (color n.794, Cornflower Blue - light).

Renulek's doilies are just beautiful and take hours of fun and relaxing tatting, but there's always time to mess something up. I beg your pardon, Renulek...

If you asked, yes I started round 11...

And yes, if you asked, I haven't finished round 10 yet...

Actually, I started rounds 10 and 11 together: light blue shuttles are for round 11, yellow shuttles are for round 10. I've numbered with "1" shuttles used as core thread, with "2" shuttles used as ball thread.

That's because I wanted a little challenge: tatting one ring in round 10 with the light blue thread used in round 11.

I think that this sort of experiment could go well in the series started by Muskaan "DIRECTION of Tatting : This Way or Tat? (TWoT) Series". In fact, I haven't change anything but the way to tat these two rounds all along. I'm tatting counterclockwise, chains are worked with unflipped stitches, in reverse order (second half first). I cut and hid all previous ends, but I usually leave a short tail in first round, just to find quickly the front side of the doily.

I started round 10 with the yellow shuttles and stopped before the little ring with picots:

Pick up the light blue shuttles and started round 11. When reached the point where would had been the join at the base of the ring with picots, I tatted that ring with the light blue shuttle (that one used as core thread in round 11). Before closing the loop, I passed the yellow shuttle #1 into the loop, from front to back.
Put aside the light blue shuttles, I resumed the yellow ones and continued with round 10. Sorry the doily is just out from the shuttles and it's a little worn out.

You can have the pattern of the whole doily at Renulek's etsy shop, here:

(For your info, I started this post using the mobile app "Bloggeroid for Blogger", loading all pictures, then published as draft, then later I modified the draft version from the pc and published.)
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Thank you very much for all your nice comments.