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August 16 2018 Tatting Newsletter

Needle Tatting Lace - Sato Rei

cover of Sato Rei's 2018 <i>Needle Tatting Lace</i>

Sato Rei's new book may be petite, 7" x & 7" (18 cm x 18 cm,) and 95 pages, but it is so packed with great photo tutorials that both student needle tatters and experienced tatters alike will love it!

Ms. Sato presents 28 tatting patterns as learning exercises for the different techniques taught. Each is shown in great detail in the front of the book. An instructional section follows which teaches the actual use of the tatting needle and the basics of ring, chain and joins.

(Ed. note: Rei demonstrates the traditional "up" join in tatting. In order to create the all front/back side look to your tatting, please learn the "down" join also. See: https://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art55501.asp)

Her excellent diagrams are well annotated with directional arrows for the progression of the work, double stitch count and differentiation between regular rings and floating rings.

sample diagram, photos and project of Sato Rei's 2018 Needle Tatting Lace

My personal favorites are three bracelets, #25, 26, and 27. Between the three patterns, they feature split rings, flowers, floating rings, double rings, node stitch, pearl tatted (Maltese chains) and beads! And they are so cute. Excellent as accessories or gifts both.

back cover of Sato Rei's 2018 Needle Tatting Lace

Notice the cover has beads on the core thread of the piece in progress ready to be added on the picot. The narrow edging to which the beads are being added shows a definite curve to the work. This photo is an excellent example of how a natural curve is worked into the tatting when the picots used for joins are all the same size. But if you want the lace to lay straight, then the joining picot must be slightly longer.

The small flower motif on this cover also shows a great design technique. The joining picot is made extra long. After the piece is done the tatter may adjust the legs of the picot to form a rainbow look. And consider adding beads to the joining picot in two colors. When the join is made separate the beads so they will display on separate legs.

Note: I acquired this book for my personal tatting reference library. - G. Seitz

PS: Yes, the text is in Japanese but with the marvelous photos and diagrams you will have no trouble learning from Rei's book.

Here's the latest article from the Tatting site at BellaOnline.com.

Tomiko Morimoto Tatting Lace Lesson Book 2018 Tomoko Morimoto's new book, Tatting Lace Lesson Book" is a great teaching tool filled with lots of inspirations. Check out the great square doily with negative space in the back of the book.


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Georgia Seitz, Tatting Editor http://tatting.bellaonline.com

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