Tutorials - Basic (Needle)

Tatting
These articles and free tatting tutorials will help you learn to needle tat. You will find links to other sites with useful information in the Tatting Tutorials section listed on the front page.

Alicja Kwartnik Needle Tatting star
Both of Alicja Kwartnik's needle tatting books are printed in Italian. However, the patterns are presented with full color detailed photos and numbered diagrams. Although intended as a needle tatting book, all the patterns may be tatted with the tatting shuttle as well.

Beaded Needle Tatting Basics star
Beads are threaded onto the shuttle and/or ball threads and brought into position as the double stitches are formed or placed over picots during joining.

Beginners Needle Tatting Instructions star

Building Good Tension Ring by Ring star
Building good tension with one shuttle work, rings only; small projects to practice.

Clara Haase pats #1 #5 star
These two designs are by Clara Haase whose name appears more than once in Needlecraft Magazine. Here they are from Oct. 1925 issue.

Climbing Out from the center star
One development in the method of tatting has allowed the tatter to eliminate much of the tedious work of cutting and tying so common in older patterns. Its use allows the tatter to climb out from the center of a pattern and work to the outer rows without cutting the threads. This is climbing out.

Considering Joins: No. 3 Use of Joining Tools star
Learn about some of the tools you can use to make joins.

Gapsosis star
Thoughts on Opening a Closed Tatted Ring. Here are a few suggestions on opening a closed ring and an explanation of gapsosis.

Good tension in Tatting star
Learn to achieve good tension as you work.

Half-closed Rings star[offsite link]
The half-closed ring is a very traditional decorative technique. 6 vintage edgings.

How to Open A Closed Ring star
Thoughts on Opening a Closed Tatted Ring. Here are a few suggestions on opening a closed ring and an explanation of gapsosis.

Joining Needle Tatted Rings star
Needle Tatting - The Basic Join

Joins - Onion Ring, LHPJ, Inverted star
Onion Ring, Lark's Head Picot Join (LHPJ), Inverted (Dutch) Ball Thread Join. These are techniques used in constructed large pieces of lace from smaller bits. There are many types of join, i.e., up, down, shuttle lock join, onion ring, split ring, swirl, lark's head picot join (LHPJ),et al

Joins - Tied, Catherine Wheel, Alligator star
Joins - Tied, Catherine Wheel, Alligator The join is a technique used in constructed large pieces of lace from smaller tatted bits. There are many types of join, i.e., up, down, shuttle lock join, onion ring, split ring, swirl, lark's head picot join (LHPJ), and many others.

Joins -Up, Down, Shuttle Lock Join star
Joins -Up, Down, Shuttle Lock Join The join is a technique used in constructed large pieces of lace from smaller tatted bits. There are many types of join, i.e., up, down, shuttle lock join, onion ring, split ring, swirl, lark's head picot join (LHPJ), and many others.

Josephine Knot (Ring) star
The Josephine Ring or Knot is easy to tat and offers many options for embellishing .

Josephine Ring (Knot) star
There are two basic stitches in tatting, a first half stitch and a second half stitch. These stitches used singly create the Josephine ring or knot.

Left-Handed needle tatting star[offsite link]
Here are some excellent instructions for learning to tat with a needle if you are left handed.

Needle Tatting Demonstration star[offsite link]
There are lessons and patterns here for beginners.

Needle Tatting Double Stitch star
The Construction of the Needle Tatted Double Stitch

Needle Tatting Practicing the Double Stitch star
Practicing the Needle Tatted Double Stitch

Needle Tatting Shuttle Style star
You can use a tatting needle or blunt tapestry needle as if it were a shuttle. The needle is attached to a long cut thread as normal, and then manipulated in the same manner as a shuttle.

Needle Tatting Two star[offsite link]
Here is a great resource for both shuttle and needle tatters. The site does specialise in needle tatting and there are excellent how to instructions.

Onion Ring Join with the Tatting Needle star
The Onion Ring Join with the Tatting Needle takes a little more manipulation to make correctly

Tammy Rodgers´ Needle Tatting Instructions star[offsite link]
Tammy Rodger´s needle tatting illustrations are simply great!

Tat´s All Tips and Tricks star[offsite link]
Tat´s All has lots of excellent tips and tricks for the learner and for the more experienced tatter.

Tatting Picots no. 1 - The Basics star
Some suggestions for making picots in your work.

Triple Picot star
The triple picot is a decorative picot often used for added texture in tatting designs.

Using a needle as if it were a tatting shuttle star
You can use a tatting needle or blunt tapestry needle as if it were a shuttle. The needle is attached to a long cut thread as normal, and then manipulated in the same manner as a shuttle.

Using Wire in Tatting star
Using wire in tatting, tatting with copper wire, stiffening tatted lace with copper wire, applying thread to wire using needle tatting style.

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