Belding Bros. Silk Tatting Book Pt. 2

Belding Bros. Silk Tatting Book Pt. 2




Belding Bros. ∓ Company


Carlson Currier




     In the directions for tatted articles, the abbreviation d s is used for this "double knot" or "double stitch."


When the second stitch forming the double knot has been made, the two hands resume the position shown in Fig. 1. Figure 5 reproduces the same and shows us a few finished stitches as well.

     POSITION OF THE HANDS FOR MAKING A PICOT (Fig. 6). Picots are introduced into tatting patterns as they are into knitting and crochet. They also serve to join the different

parts of a pattern together, and render a great many pretty combinations possible.

A little care is necessary with a beginner in getting the picots of even size, Figure 8 gives an illustration of the open picot, while Fig. 9 shows the close picot.

     TATTING WITH TWO SHUTTLES (Fig. 7). Two silk threads are used in tatting when the little rings are not to be connected together at the

bottom by a silk thread, when you want to hide the passage of the silk to another group of knots, and when silks of several colors are used.

     When you work with two shuttles, tie the two silk threads together. The best knot for this is made thus:

Place the end of silk A under end B between the left-hand thumb and finger. Take shuttle A and bring its silk up over left thumb and under end A. After stopping to bend

end A back and putting left-hand middle finger on it to hold it, carry silk A down under the thumb over end B close to the crossed silks. Through the loop over the thumb made by

silk A pull end B, laying it over straight to the left and putting thumb over the whole. Now draw shuttle A down until its silk is pulled tight. It will close over the silks

underneath and make an indissoluble knot. Trim close.

     Pass one silk thread over the third finger of the left hand, wind it twice around the fourth finger, and leave the shuttle hanging down.

     Pass the second shuttle into the right hand and make the same movements with it as you do in working with two silk threads, the

shuttle-silk (with which the knots are made must lie between the two silks of the loop, so that the end of the silk laid around the hand hangs down, free in front, only held by the thumb of the left


     When the second silk is only used to make chairs it can be used from the spool quite as handily as from a shuttle, in which case the spool silk is passed around the fingers

of the left hand and held between the thumb and forefinger.

     In working with two silk threads, remember that the scallops just finished should turn downwards.

     OPEN AND CLOSE PICOT (Figs. 8 and 9). These are formed of single stitches, leaving a loop on the extended silk, as shown in Fig. 8, and a short length of silk between the

stitches: finish the second half stitch, and when you have pulled it up join it to the preceding stitch. In this manner the picot represented in Fig. 9 is formed quite naturally.

You Should Also Read:
Belding Bros. Silk Tatting Book Pt. 1
Searching for Tatting Patterns
Tatting Basics and History

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