Tuesday, 6 December 2016


First of all, congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Craftree Awards! Everyone nominated are talented tatters, master tatters indeed, and I'm very grateful to have been part of the fun, still can't believe it. Thanks soooo much to each one of you who took the time to show your appreciation.

Today is a cloudy day, the photo hasn't come out well, it's blurry and I couldn't get a better one. Tatting is slow these days. I also knitted a sock - something I must unravel, I'm very bad at knitting, 8 hours for one wrong slipper. But the pleasure comes from the craft itself, I don't mind re-do that. That's the same with tatting, that's my favourite craft. Tatting the same flower again and again all around, it's a pleasure, relaxing and almost therapeutic.

I'm halfway with this, I can't say the same about xmas' gifts and other stuff to be done before Christmas. I wonder why time flies so fast?

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Friday, 2 December 2016

by Thérèse again

Pattern is from Tatting by Thérèse de Dillmont, available at - Plate III, fig.21

First row: 4 detached rings, each one is 4-4-4.  (I climbed to next row with a split ring)

Second row: starting at one picot of first row, (*)tat a chain 3-2; floating ring 4-2-2-2-4; chain 2-3; lock join to next picot of first row, then repeat all around from (*). (I climbed to next row with a split chain and a split ring that was in place of a floating ring)
Third row: starting at first picot of one floating ring, (**)chain 4ds; lock join to next - second - picot; chain 2ds; first ring 6ds; chain 2ds; second ring 6ds; chain 2ds; third ring 6ds; chain 2ds; lock join to next - third - picot; chain 4ds; lock join to next - fourth - picot; then chain 2ds and lock join at first picot of the next floating ring. Repeat all around from (**).

Instead of "lock join" the text is "join the right hand thread", but I think that is exactly the same, isn't it?
About picots' length, I tatted picots a bit wider than in previous motif (fig. 17) and I think they worked better. The gauge has been put horizontally at the second cut.

I must give myself a bad grade in reading the measurement, I clearly got it wrong in last post (tiny hook), in fact if you had looked carefully at the picture, the gauge was at 5/8", instead I wrote 1/2". That's really a shame! I corrected my mistake, sorry sorry!
That's why I don't often use the graduated gauge, I got mixed up with cuts! I prefer cutting a piece of plastic or card for the measure I need.

I finished the superduo red set and there's only one end to hide, then it's ready for next holidays!

I noticed that I didn't write the pattern that I used to tat my flowers, so here it is:
Thread is the "plasticky" dmc Diamant 100% polyester, D5200, very similar to a size 50 thread. Superduo beads are 2.5x5mm.

Start loading 8 superduo in the loop for the ring, then start with 1ds and tat a ring alternating 1ds and 1 superduo in place of a picot. Finish with one superduo and tat only the first half of a ds and close the ring.
Climb to next row with 4 first half of ds, then tat a split ring 1--3 / 1--3, where "--" means a picot long enough to pass through the second hole of the superduo, I used horizontally the second cut in the gauge, so it is the 1/4" (if I'm not wrong again!!).
Continue all around with chains 4-4 and rings 3+2--3, passing the long picot through the second hole of previous superduo bead. Finish with one chain, cut and tie ends.
A close up, if it may be of any help:

newatha hamuvemu!
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

tiny hook

Red and gold, a sparkling combo!
Thread is dcm metallic gold 282, beads are superduo opaque red capri gold 2.5x5mm, rocaille miyuki 15/0 metallic bronze, seed beads 9/0 col.9250 metallic green gold.

I used to use a tiny wire as an helper to pass the thread into beads' holes, but it's often breaking and I also had difficulties passing the hook in the same teeny place of the wire, often resulted in wearing the metallic thread. Last spring I bought a teeny-weeny knit-picker, here at Tombolo e Disegni di Gianfranca Tolloi, the Italian name is "rimagliatore", but really I didn't need it, I was just curious how -if- it could have been useful in tatting, just because my friends use it in bobbin lace.

I must say it's great! I have rings with long picots that have to pass through 2 superduo holes and one seed bead, so I first needed to try them out, guess a measure and then find the right gauge, that is 1/2". Updated: Sorry, I apologize, that is 5/8".
The tiptop hook works like a charm!
It grabs and hooks the thread through all beads and the picot, all in one pass.
I've not finished yet, but I must be careful on the size, I don't need another anklet!

I've already tatted one matching earring.
That is almost the same pattern used for flowers some weeks ago.

Zai Jian
( - interesting travel site)
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Friday, 25 November 2016

sweet Thérèse

From the "urban dictionary" ( "therese: a nice person, pretty cute, cool, fun to be with, very funny". Should I trust it? 😟😕

But I know one sweet Thérèse we can trust...

Pattern is from Tatting by Thérèse de Dillmont, at - Plate III, fig.17

Tatted in one pass, thanks to split rings and split chains, it could have been a wonderful snowflake if tatted with a thicker thread. It's 4cm wide.

Ring for the center: 8 picots separated by 2ds
First row: rings 4+4 (join to center ring); chains 4-4
Second row: ring 4-4; (*)chain 3-2-3 [floating ring 1-1-1-1] 3-2-3 ; ring 4+4(join to previos ring); join thread from first shuttle to the picot in first row; ring 4-4; with second shuttle (thread from chain) ring 4ds. Repeat all around from * and join the last ring to the first.

ნახვამდის. (nakh-vahm-dees)
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

that means a bunch

Thank you a lot for all your visits. I'll share with you how I tat those little rings in flowers' centre, with seven long picots 0.5cm high, tatted with a gauge used vertically. I need "only" thirty-two flowers 🌸🌸🌸🌸...puff puff pant pant 🌸🌸🌸🌸 and the doily will be finished! Ten minutes per ring, so it would be tatting about 5 hours before proceeding with my last round!

Each ring is 7 picots separated by 2ds. I start with one ds and end with one ds. That is only my way to do this, not an original way, but a collection and mixture of different ways found in the net.

I start leaving a very short end (about 1cm) and tat over the tail, like in the video by Frivole here: Tatting - How to Start and Hide End (no knot) (
But just after the very first ds, I put my plastic gauge vertically, like in the video by Rosemarie Peel here: Tat a measured picot (

Tat 2 ds over the tail. I tat over the tail for 3 long picots, then I tat one ds, one first half and cut the tail, then tat the second half ds.
Now I tat the fourth picot and following one ds normally, then one first half. At this point, I put a loop of thread for the magic trick, I usually use the same size of thread for the loop (size 80 in these pictures) but in contrasting colour (in pics the loop is white), under the core thread (that eventually makes tail to be cut in the back of the tatting). I tat the second half ds over the loop.
I start tatting over the white loop, like in the video by mytattingplace here:  Hiding 2nd end (Magic thread trick) ( , for the last 3 picots.
Then, also following a note in Debbie Drake’s magic thread way  (, I add a first half ds but excluding the loop (that is I never tat this last half stitch over the white loop): this also blocks the core thread and avoids that the ring opens when pulling the thread at the end.
Now I close the ring (don't post shuttle). Pull tight, then I cut a tail of about 4cm from the shuttle.
I thread the tail through the loop, leaving abundant space to bend.
(I reverse the ring.) Holding the ring with my left hand, I pull the loop with the right hand to pass the tail through, till it's completely out. I make almost the same movement as though you were closing the ring, slightly rotating the right hand clockwise while pulling the loop.
Well, I hope this will be of any help, someday!

You may find a very interesting - and useful - post by Muskaan that is a compilation of methods for hiding ends:

Look! Have you noticed that Blogger started supporting emoticons in posts? There's a special icon in the upper part of the editor that is "Insert special characters". I love it!

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on the edg-ing

Friday, 18 November 2016


That's what my hubby said looking at this:
Pattern is (almost) the leaf of the bookmark "mediterranean tatting diet", tatted with dmc metallic gold 282, beads are "rocaille miyuki 15/0 mix earthtone", two red bicone and one pearl swarovsky 6mm.
I changed the pattern only a wee bit, I haven't written down the differences, so I must hurry to tat the second one, before I forget everything!
I took a second shot, with that light the gold turned out green, it's weird, isn't it?

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

on the edg-ing

Edgings are the only kind of edge where you can see me on! Right now, I'm going to do that extreme sport, that is tatting a round of flowers, but I still must try few options, if 64 flowers or less with different elements in between. The risk here is to be on it till next year, but extreme sports - as per definition - must involve speed, too!

Finally I got one picture with almost the right threads' hue:
Threads: green dmc 471 and  mauve dmc 3687. For center rings in flowers I'm using lizbeth 131.

In the next picture there's a pair of earrings in which I tried another combination of split rings and wide monster's picots. The pattern starts at the bottom and finishes at the "fish hook", also called "french hook". I like this type of earrings' hooks, we call them "monachella" (I can't see any relations with nuns, though!!), but I've lost so many earrings so it's been a while that I started putting a soft rubber back stopper.

My favourite earrings? Dewdrop Earrings by Jane McLellan (


Thank you very much for all your nice comments.