Thursday, 21 January 2021

dance nonstop

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Carin Jansen’s Angel Choir doily TAL – Round 3 

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Last night Anita’s angels, after the 3rd round, were impaled under a ton of pins, LOL. But then they will come out beautifully rejuvenated and in shape after this acute acupressure. Meanwhile, I’ve completed rounds 3 & 4 and with more tatters joining in, I am posting my notes. Will add Anita’s in another post when I get the pics & notes, and link it here.

Techniques : 2 shuttles ctm, long chains, thrown/floating rings, lock join.
Optional Techniques :  single shuttle and ball ctm, long chains, lock join, climb out, split ring. (see notes below for details)
[all tutorials can be found here , including for needle tatting, with several more options] 

My notes, thoughts, and ideas -
It was simpler to cut off rounds 1 & 2 before starting the next round, as in the original instructions. But when there are multiple rounds/rows, one can try to find a path to work continuously. For instance rounds 3 & 4 can be worked continuously, but we need to plan ahead. Notice the arrow in above pic - I started with a chain instead of the 1st ring. This way, when the round is complete, I can climb out with a split ring. Use a luggage tag loop or simple lock join to attach thread.

The entire round moves clockwise, and tatting is from the front. 
The best way to make thrown/floating rings, while keeping the chain below perfectly curved, is to use 2 shuttles, and switch before and after tatting the ring. 
Thrown Rings can be done in needle tatting as well (tutorial & video)
The arrow above points to the split ring made to climb out to the next round. Stay tuned for next post to see how I changed colour (thread) for chain stitches while keeping the core thread same.
The round consists of long chains with thrown off rings. Keep snugging stitches regularly while working the long chains, for a neat, even, and firm arch.
Since rings are thrown off a chain, ie. worked with the 2nd shuttle, the colour of stitches remains the same throughout the round. However, if you wish to have rings in a different colour to the chains, here's an alternative.
Alternate Design/Colour TIP: Make this round Only with long chains (using one shuttle and ball, ctm if you wish), substituting the rings with a tiny picot. Then in the next round which is only chains, you can add the rings in place of the lock join, and join the ring to the respective picot. Obviously the direction of the rings will change from outward facing to inward facing, but you will have the option of more colours.
I think this makes a beautiful window ornament/decoration, doesn't it?! I love the arches!
Worked in Lizbeth size 80, the doily now measures 11.5 cms.
Some of my rings look a bit wonky, since I did not pin each ring while blocking. I continue to use the rolling pin ;-P The next round will discipline them! 
You can join in the dance while angels sing! Look for #AngelChoirTAL on facebook and in the Just Tatting group. Remember to add the hashtag when you post your version so we can all find it! 

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Monday, 18 January 2021

a quadrille or more

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Yesssss, we now have more tatters joining in our dance - it's no longer a tango! More on that at end of post.

Carin Jansen's Angel Choir doily TAL – Round 2

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Angels are what first drew me to this pattern. And to see them merrily dancing around was an added bonus. It is a very clever and creative design and hats off to the designer, Carin!

Techniques : 2 shuttles ctm, long chains, pointed chain (one stitch SCMR), picot join to right, SCMR, lock join, very small picots.
Optional Techniques : 1 shuttle and ball ctm, frontside/backside tatting, other methods for pointed chain, mock ring, blipless join, beads.
[all tutorials can be found here with several alternatives for pointed chain, joins, etc.]

As before, we share our joint notes, tips, and ideas below. Carin has already given very detailed instructions, including alternate stitch count for metallic thread, which I will try not to repeat here.
Round 1 Notes

This is a cleverly crafted angel using simple rings and chains and reverse work between them.

The 1ds SCMR creates a nicely pointed chain for the wing tips and a picot between the 2 half stitches is perfect for joining later, without adding extra length/bulk to the tip! Whether to put a paperclip to hold the picot open depends on our personal comfort and skill.

Shuttle 2 requires more thread than shuttle1 which is used for only 3 of the 4 rings in each angel. However, one can work entire round with only one shuttle and ball if the head is worked as a mock ring. After making a lock join, continue to tat a chain and make another lock join in the same picot to simulate a ring.
Each center and head ring is secured on either side with joins to a chain, ensuring good stability. 

Joining to previous wing tip can be a bit tricky in fine thread. However joining directly without SCMR creates a curved, not pointed wing. It is easier to work this SCMR with 1st half stitch, join, 2nd half stitch.
Besides joining the wings at the tips, another join can be made further down to add stability or hold shape – about 4 or 5 ds down, using a very small picot. This will not alter the overall shape. This additional join could be more important if one does not want to tat more rounds.

Many tatters prefer to work long chains with the balanced double stitch. Make necessary stitch adjustments if you use it.
TWoT Notes:  The row can move in clockwise or counterclockwise direction as seen in both WIP versions. The reason can be found in whether one is doing traditional or fs/bs tatting; whether the first ring was worked frontside or backside.
In directional tatting (fs/bs), one should be careful while making joins to avoid colour blips on the front of work. Or one can use blipless joins.
For frontside/backside tatting, you could start this round with a backside ring so that most of the tatting is then done frontside.
There is some ruffle while working the round, but settles after simple rolling pin blocking.

The last wing joined to the first is an example of picot join to the right, though one may not realise it.
Beads on the halo would sparkle. Or perhaps graduated picots? The free flowing effect of these angels seems like they are floating through air, making each angel unique.
Notice the large sunflower shape if we do not tat the top half of each angel's body? So we have a bonus option to work a large flower coaster in the right colours! And we know how to get the petals to be pointed :-D
In Lizbeth size 80, 
single Angel motif  : < 3cms high; 2.5 cms wide wingspan; 1 cm wide at base.
After 2 rounds, this doily measures 9 cms in Lizbeth size 80.

I absolutely love this colourway and am glad I did not go with my original yellow for this round. And the little ring for body is truly special with the 1ds adding a tiny 'waist'! Every project brings in new learning in some way or other.

Now for the group dance ..... 
Several tatters on facebook showed interest in doing this tatalong with us!  I might include their versions here as I blog. eg. Cristina Reb's 1st round in Anchor size 20 -
My friend, Rose Deguara, had a tip for Round 1 (which I have now included in that post) - The last inner ring needs to be joined in the round to the first inner ring, thus calling for a picot join to the right.   
Look for #AngelChoirTAL on facebook to find posts and pics; some have joined us in the Just Tatting group.
Off to do the next round, now that I have immersed myself in this orchestration ;-D

Oh, and check out how Vera has covered her bauble/ornament even though it is not Christmas - I have updated my post with this option and my own idea!

Saturday, 16 January 2021

two to tango

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When Carin Jansen sent me a link to her Endrucks' 1920 Project patterns, I discovered yet another blog, now added to my blog list on right panel! Found out that she had done a tat-along last year in one of the facebook tatting groups, and later shared the entire pattern in her blog

Angel Choir doily TAL – Round 1

Designer: Carin Jansen

Pattern :

I had this strong urge to tat with size 80 and her doily had features that interested me. Frankly, we can all do with angels in our lives, right. So my knotty buddy, Anita Barry, and I set out on this TAL journey together, both with size 80 threads. I will probably post each round pics after both of us complete it, along with our combined notes and tips - no she said, I said 😁. 

Techniques : 2 shuttles ctm, thrown rings, picot join to right, very small picot
Optional Techniques : frontside/backside tatting, down join. 
Made with 2 shuttles, ctm, because there are thrown rings. Moves in clockwise direction.
In Lizbeth size 80. this round measures >3.5cms.
Anita used 2 colours but was distracted while tatting, making a few goofs. 

UPDATE : Tip from Rose Deguara: The last inner thrown ring is joined to the first, requiring a picot join to right. (I have added a list of techniques now). 

TIP : If you wish to make this round with 3 colours, one can split it into 2 rounds. First work inner small rings as a circle or split rings, with tiny picots on outer edge. Then tat the outer round of rings and chains, joining chains to inner rings, in 2 other colours. 
This way the arches will remain neat and unbroken, although the inner rings will change their shape a wee bit.

If you wish to join in, please do! Send me pics here or on facebook (update: post your pics on FB with the hashtag - #AngelChoirTAL)and we'll change the tango to livelier folk dance! Or like angels dancing as in the next round!

Thursday, 14 January 2021

hidden pathway

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I know many of you must feel that the hidden rose should stay hidden and not be seen so frequently, but what I can I do when hidden assets keep surfacing?! How many secrets are hidden in this little snowflake? 

This time it is yet another pathway discovered by Melanie Cervi (or Mel as we fondly know her) who was put off by the paperclips required in my original instructions. So she set off into the woods, clearing away the trees in her path (thankfully, not literally) to leave a trail without clips!!! 

Sequence notated

When she emailed me a month back, I honestly could not figure out how she did it. Clearly my mind was blocked: any which way I went, at least one clip was required. It was only when she posted her instructions here, that I was amazed and amused ;-D In the above model (tatted by Mel), I have inked the sequence. Tatting progresses in clockwise direction and is made in one serpentine pass. 

So this takes the sequence toll to FOUR! We have 4 ways to work this snowflake ... so far ;-P 

You can find links to the pdfs and posts, as well as the rose, ice drop, and heart adaptations in my Snowflake doc here.

Don't forget to skip over to Mel's blog to read her instructions as well as ideas for future experiments and trials - . I've put it on my to-tat list.

But before I leave, here's another lovely pair tatted by the talented Anna Tedesco and shared on facebook. Sorry for poaching the image, Anna, but it is just too cute! Anna has a facebook group - Tatting Art where you can scroll through all her gorgeous projects.

Many thanks, Mel and Anna - keep the spring of inspiration alive 💖

Sunday, 10 January 2021

wrapped in a star

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 Again, I was blown away at how an imaginative tatter can apply my pattern to something I had not imagined. And this motivates me even more to share all I can. 

Daniela Bogacka wrapped the large MatheMagical Star around a tree ornament/bauble. So simple, yet so effective! And she readily agreed to share it with my readers who are not on facebook or instagram..
This pattern was first shared here (along with pdf), in various sizes. And the simple equation/ratio is such that one can increase it to any size one wants! Thus a Huge advantage is that you simply choose the star size according to the size of the marble, bauble, etc. that you want to decorate.

UPDATE: Check out how Vera has inverted the star to cover the bauble here -! This gives me another idea - how about attaching teardrops at each tip to hold down the arms instead of weaving thread. It would also add some sparkle.

I am taking the liberty of sharing a couple of other renditions that I was tagged in recently. Like I said earlier, wish I could share all that I come across...But if you send me a pic of your model or a link to your blog, I would love to post it in my blog. 

This one is by Donatella Rizzo - the colourway reminds me of a romantic night sky! Add a few sparkly beads or glitter and what an astral sight we have!

Several weeks back Anna Tedesco worked the pattern in metallic threads. Beautiful, isn't it? 

You can find these talented tatters on Facebook and Instagram.

The MatheMagical 'franchise' of patterns continues to amaze me - the simple equation/ratio led to so many patterns - stars, tree, bells, and I'm hoping snowflake, ice drop, and 2D/3D angel in the future. I think the 3D bell needs more work before I start with the angel. And beads for decoration?!

Scroll down to 25 Snowflake Project 2019 for links to all patterns. or check out the Google Docs file. I intend to upload more of the remaining patterns through the year. Hopefully ;-D  

Many thanks to All the lovely tatters who have braved my patterns and return for more 😉 Please keep an eye out for a few more bravehearts in the coming weeks!

Friday, 8 January 2021

back to Endrucks

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original cover of book

Tatted snowflake season is over and we hope you had a wonderful time. Ninetta and I wish all our Endrucks’ 1920 Project volunteers a very creative and happy year ahead with tons of crafting in your lap.

The Past

We opened the project up in late October to an enthusiastic response. But before we give an update, here’s the genesis of how Frau Endrucks was rediscovered a few years back. This anecdote is graciously shared by Martha Ess ….

“Way back in 2011, Georgia Seitz and the Online Tatting Class began the Emmy Liebert Project, translating some of her patterns into modern English notation.  Georgia asked me to take on an especially daunting looking photo.  Stumbling my way along with an online translation site, I discovered this was not a pattern by Liebert at all, but an advertisement for a book by someone else, Eleonore Endrucks-Leichtenstern.  I was lucky enough to buy a copy on (Germany).  I scanned it and donated it to both Georgia's Archive of Tatting Books and the Antique Pattern Library.  When Georgia found it in her Dropbox (it was a surprise), she phoned me up and was then speechless. This is a happy memory.  (That photo was Pattern #21, by the way.)”

We are indeed indebted to these fine ladies, these masters of tatting and teaching! Hoping to share a few more anecdotes and backstory in the future …

The Present -

Now here’s an update on our current project (

As you can see, only 2 patterns are left to be claimed, and 24 patterns are already updated and uploaded. Of the remaining, several have been tatted (and their pictures uploaded), but work on the diagrams/instructions is in progress. As each project gets completed (model + pattern) it is added to the Index on the left. Click on the respective number in Index for quick access to the respective pattern.

UPDATE - All patterns are claimed! But you can still join in .....keep reading

There are already some variations, derivations, and extensions to the original pattern that mostly accompany the latter. At the very end is a Gallery to showcase adaptations that are difficult to pigeonhole.

English translation of the first 2 pages of the book have been undertaken by volunteers as well, and the initial draft is quite an eye-opener – Frau Eleonore Endrucks talking with tatters across a span of a century!

The Future

So now we are hoping the remaining projects come in as well. If you could not join in earlier, we welcome you to join now as test-tatter. Choose a pattern you like and use/apply/adapt your version in wonderful ways! Send in pics that we will happily include in the Project doc.

Once all pdfs are in, we propose to convert the Google Docs into a dated pdf for easy storage. However, the G-doc will remain open in order to update with future entries. We also welcome any feedback and suggestions regarding the presentations, etc. Tatters from all over the world have sent in their work in their individual styles – an international flavour we hope you will enjoy and participate in whenever you can. 

With love,

Muskaan & Ninetta 

ps. If you wish to participate at any stage, you can leave a comment here, or in Ninetta's blog ( or contact us on Facebook ( and

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

knot stitch stepwise

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I'm not sure whether I will be using this stitch, but it does not hurt to have options. Never say never! It is not difficult and I soon got into a rhythm where the knot stitch, first seen in 1924, could be accomplished in one smooth movement. So, though my pictorial has numerous steps and detailed instructions, it is best to simply pick up your shuttle and tat along. Choose a thick thread in light colour for your first attempts.

The original diagrams in Priscilla Book 3 (free download from are very clear. Snapdragon has shared the scans here -   More links in my previous post - 

Rose Motif from the same book, in Anchor pearl cotton size 8. Bridging elements (chains) use the knot stitch. I am so much happier with this one and the thread behaved itself! More at the end of this post.

At the end of the pictorial I have also compared the knot stitch chain with a split chain, which was a later invention.

KNOT  STITCH  Pictorial

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Shuttle and ball, continuous thread. Shuttle with a hook (or pick) is preferable for fluid movement. 

I start with a backside ring and reverse work, so that the shuttle is in position, to the right of ball thread. 
Always keep the ball thread taut; all movements are with the shuttle and there is no transference.  
1.  Wrap the ball thread over your left hand as when working a chain. In this method, ball thread becomes the core thread over which we make the knot stitches.
Move shuttle to the left Over the ball thread. Let's call this loop a , 
2. ...and bring the shuttle back towards the right to create a second loop on the other side of ball thread.
Important : The black arrow tells you to keep both threads in your pinch (between left thumb and finger) through to figures 6 or 7.
3. This becomes loop b. Notice that the shuttle thread is still over the ball thread as well as above a
4. Bring shuttle over a, but under the ball thread, and hook b 
5. With a slight rotation of the shuttle, it is easy to pull b through. Let's call this loop c. Keep shuttle tip under c. Note that loop c is under the ball thread and is pulled over a.
6. Pull all of b into c. Keep pulling c outwards, while keeping your pinch where the black arrow is. Notice how the shuttle has moved and rotated smoothly.
7. As c is being pulled out, you can simultaneously tug on the thread indicated by the crochet hook. This will shorten a. When c is large enough, pass shuttle through the loop. Then loosen your pinch on the left.
8. The shuttle has fully passed through c, and keep tugging to close a
I actually use my right hand (with shuttle still in hand) to pinch the indicated thread to ensure all slack from a is removed ... 
9. Notice that a has disappeared and only c is left. Now keep pulling shuttle thread to close c.
Important : Close all of a before closing c.
10. All loops are closed and 1 knot stitch is complete.
11. 7 knot stitches made. We have successfully climbed out of the central ring with a chain.
12. After the 7ks chain, I continued with a normal 4-4-4 chain using double stitches.
Then leaving bare thread of same length as the previous ks chain, make a lock join on ring picot.
13. With ball thread in left hand as if making a chain, cover the bare thread with knot stitches.
14. Another ks chain is complete, followed by a regular chain.

Comparing knot stitch (ks) and split chain (SCh) -
I wanted to compare these ks chains with a split chain (the 3rd segment on the right). At a glance, there is not much difference. 
SCh looks exactly like a normal chain, with exactly the same thickness and curvature. The simulated double stitches are made using Dora Young's knotless method.
The ks chain is slightly bulkier or denser/compact and just that tiny bit straighter. The ks does not have 2 distinct half stitches - it is more like one loop is nestled within (see fig 10 above - notice where the shuttle thread is emerging from). This creates a lovely texture along the edge which might be slightly more evident in lighter shades. 
Knot Stitch can do everything a Split Chain can - climbing out for continuous tatting; bridging between elements in any direction.  
It would be interesting to use ks as a design element, with perhaps a bit more slack on to look like picots. What about curlicues (single shuttle split chains), floating chains, and filet tatting? Playing with colours? See more links for variations here -

Rose Motif from Priscilla Book 3. As in my first attempt here, I made graduated picots along the outer chains, but kept to the original pattern in all other respects. I started with a backside (RODS) central ring, reversed work and continued to next round. Both rounds are worked from the front in clockwise direction. The ks chains have thrown/floating rings; so remember to reverse work before and after each ring.
In Anchor pearl cotton size 8, the motif measures 3.5cms after 1st round and 5.5cms final. Worked with one shuttle and ball, ctm.

The one below is from Anita Barry. I roped her in and she readily agreed to refresh her memory. Her first one was years back. 

I hadn't noticed till she pointed out that all her ks chains do not face the same way. There is a tendency for the ks chains to twist a bit especially if the joining picot is long. But her picots were very small, as directed in the original instructions and seen in the 2 WIP pics. Hmmm. Any ideas?

Many thanks to all tatters who have shared across time 
so that we continue to have options and ideas!