Encapsulation is a method in tatting used to cover multiple threads, to create chains without reverse work, for split rings and split chains, to cover ends and in free form tatting.

Encapsulated Single Shuttle Chain star[offsite link]
Often used in free-form tatting, the use of one shuttle to encapsulate its own thread will create a dangling chain. Other elements may be thrown off the single shuttle chain also.

Encapsulation star[offsite link]
Basic instructions for encapsulating tatting threads for free form tatting, split rings and chains and more!

Encapsulation by Georgia Seitz star[offsite link]
The suggested hand positions used by Georgia Seitz to teach the basics of encapsulations with illustrations by Jane Eborall.

Encapsulation in tatted split rings star[offsite link]
Split ring technique is a manner of encapsulating thread(s) by wrapping, i.e., not allowing the loop to transfer. Examine the scans of the flower on this page. Note the tail/threads held securely in the hemostat so that they cannot go slack. They remain taut at all times. See how the dark green thread "wraps" around the tails. This is classic encapsulation.

Floral Spray Encapsulation Practice star[offsite link]
This delicate floral spray is an exercise in encapsulating thread, working with multiple shuttles and using a blunt tapestry needle as if it were a tatting shuttle. Three colors of thread are needed, two shuttles and one blunt tapestry needle.

Helma Seipmann Book review star[offsite link]
Known in German tatting circles as a master of floral design and encapsulation, Helma´s Seipmann has a series of lessons which were later combined in to a hardcover book, "Kreatives Occhi" or "Creative Tatting."

Leaves imitated with overcrocheted picots star[offsite link]
Tina Neudorf´s leaves of over crocheted or interlinked tatted picots

Tulip by Mary Donahue Encapsulation Practice star[offsite link]
This small and easy tulip pattern by Mary Donahue uses encapsulation to cover the petal color thread tails with green stem color thread.

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