Monday, 28 November 2022

teachable moments

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or learnable moments! 

 We are having a fun time playing games in our FB group, and surprisingly several teachable moments have arisen especially in our current event #tagmeEndrucks! Sharing tips, sharing resources, sharing options, ... There is even a hashtag #eptutorials in our FB group to locate them.

These short games are a good opportunity to learn and apply a 'new' technique, try something different, improve one's skills, experiment, find solutions.

#1. If you run out of thread in one shuttle before completing the project, simply do a shoelace trick (SLT) and switch threads if there is plenty of thread in the other shuttle. (SS - switch shuttle)
Or choose a convenient element further down the line to add new thread (false CTM).
Add new thread, knotless or with a knot, and hide ends simultaneously.
(a huge curated list of situations, options, tutorials -

My resolve to never share the length of thread required in shuttles has strengthened after this project - my personal learning moment. Too many variables to factor in!

#2. We decided to use 2 colours to tat the model in order to clearly show which shuttle was in use. However, this meant the split rings were bi-colouted while their corresponding rings on the other side were a single colour, See the encircled areas.

Solution - Double core SSSR Karen Cabrera's lesson #43 -  

#3. Alternatives to Lock Join - Lock Join is needed when joining to a picot below our line of tatting or below the core thread. It is basic, convenient, and tiny. However it leaves a little dip and it also locks the core thread (the colour of the picot below is also more visible - see image below). For a smooth edge, there are alternatives such as Catherine Wheel Join, Anne Dyer's Join the Smooth Side, and the Slope and Roll Join, to name a few.

In the first pic, 3 white arrows indicate where the Lock Join was replaced with a Slope & Roll Join for an unbroken rows of stitches.

[This was all meant to be part of the Joins in Shuttle Tatting series (2016!)... perhaps some day].

1. when the joining picot is below the line of tatting/below core thread.
2. when we want a smooth, unbroken line of stitches.

1. easier to accomplish than a CWJ
2. can be done with shuttle and ball
3. keeps the core thread sliding freely
4. can be used for ring or chain. Especially useful for Onion Rings or Concentric rings, hence also known as the Onion Ring Join
5. If the join is followed by the 2nd half-stitch, it resembles a double stitch. Hence it is a seamless or invisible join.
6. in 2-colour tatting, it creates a blipfree join.

It is sometimes difficult to hold a picot space, especially a vsp, immediately before or after the SRJ since it appears to twist. After completing the 2nd half-stitch, ensure the space is intact and a slight tug with a hook/pick helps prop up the picot.

Debbie Arnold (coined the term SRJ)-
Karen Cabrera (video Lesson 25) -
Ninetta Carusoo (diagrams Simple Joins) -
The Online Tatting Class -

Teaching or Learning are interchangeable, just as we have tons of options to choose from our tatting kitty and can change when needed!

Tutorials to all terms and techniques mentioned in this post can be found here -

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

extractme roundup

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My PIC (partner in crime), Ninetta introduces this post in her beautiful imagery –

“What does creativity mean? If you try to answer just using words, it's a difficult question. We need help from images and examples. Creativity is like a tiny round stone in the highest mountain, at the edge of the cliff, when a puff of breeze would be enough to change its destiny. Our Sept game #extractmeEndrucks has been that puff. Naively, Muskaan and I thought that the game would have remained in the 2D space, just to decorate cards! One more time, our wonderful tatters have taken us in the amazing multifaceted world of creativity, and surprised us with a bunch of beautiful tatted motifs.
Thank you very much, dear tatters, for your creativity!
Happy Endrucks' tatting!”

If you remember, our FB group Sep/Oct game was about extracting one or more motifs from Endrucks' pattern #25 (, tatting and arranging them on a card. Following are the models and samplers/in-progress pics sent in. Let me start with the extractions that have patterns (alphabetically, not chronologically) - 

1. Daniela Galli adapted the same motif to create not just a 3D pumpkin but also the leaves. 

3D PUMPKIN / ZUCCA pattern by Daniela Galli - 

2. Julie Myers also used the same motif but added layers around it for a 2D pumpkin. 
PUMPKIN pattern by Julie Myers -
3. Anna Bonelli worked her magic for a fairy door applique on denim.

4. Antonia Lai has started an edging with a much adapted 'partial' motif. Just these 2 repeats could  work well as dog or cat ears or adorned on an infant's headband.

5. Jiamrat Supapol extracted motifs from 2 different patterns 9 the pea motif in 2 colours from #25, and the happy hands motif from #1) and combined them beautifully for her applique. 

6. Margaret Davies worked 4 pea motifs into butterfly wings, adding a head.

7. Margaret Davies is a master card-maker and adorned her card with a bouquet of several extracted motifs. []

8. Muskaan adapted the pea motif into palm fronds and added a trunk with another extracted motif. A 3rd motif acts as the sun. This is a WIP. 

9. Ninetta Caruso used the motif as a leaf to enhance her flower card. []

10. Ninetta Caruso
 extracted another motif for a 2nd card. Now is this painter painting a large flower or is it a colour palette? 

11. Nona Litzelman amazed us with this clever arrangement of her adapted extractions! 

12. Pam Hemenway needle tatted Julie's pumpkin with a slight tweaking of stitch counts. 

13. Paola Emilia Rotuletti created this elegant flower bush for her card. 

14. Paola Emilia Rotuletti quickly tatted up Daniela's pumpkin and served it on a porcelain tray.

15.  Winnie Ho worked 2 pairs of beautiful earrings using the pea motif, inspired by the palm fronds and Stephanie W's comment that the pea motif could be used to create an entire harvest basket. (

The pea motif appears to be the single most favourite motif among our participants. Yet it has been used with such clever diversity.
Our current game for November, #tagmeEndrucks, is well underway with lots of models already posted. We will need several roundup posts to showcase them all ;-D

A simple thanks seems so inadequate, yet it is sincere and heartfelt. 
Many many thanks to all our participants for your beautiful work and creativity

Endrucks 1920 Project Facebook group

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Sunday, 20 November 2022

lets play tag

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 At the beginning of this month, I told you about our new game for November #tagmeEndrucks -
We've had a splendid response! And before we get into our new game in December, we're throwing this game open to all our non-FB tatters. 

Following are the 4 parts, each part shared every 2nd day. You can play it in parts and try to guess what each part is or what the ultimate model will become. If you are the curious cat, try to guess which of Endrucks' patterns this one has been derived from. 馃攳 EP doc -

There is a pdf link under each pic which has the written pattern, a tip, stepwise pics, the legend, and bead placement, etc. This was done deliberately to cater to every type of tatter.

Part 1 pdf link:

Part 2 pdf link:

The model has been deliberately tatted using 2 colours only for the sake of clarity. You are free to use any thread, colour, beads, etc. 2 shuttles, continuous thread.

If you complete the model, do send me a pic so that it can be added to our album and roundup! And if you are a first-time Endrucks' tatter, you get a small gift!

I will share the complete pdf link and name of the designer in the next post.

There were also teachable moments that I will share in the next post.

Happy tatting 馃挅