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A list of all my tutorials & experiments. Click on each to reach the post &/or download the pdf. Most are presented as step-by-step pictures of actual tatting, but for many, I hope to diagram & convert to pdf ... some day.  Please note that these are what work/have worked for me. Hopefully they will work for you, too. Feedback & Input is Always welcome. If you would like me to do a specific tutorial,  please email me (in my profile), &/or leave your contact email.
Happy Tatting, Always :-)

(This page is under construction) 
last entry : April 22, 2018

Adding Findings Atop Beads  Jane McLellan's solution to adding findings/hooks to beads in a diamond formation 
Part 1 Pictorial - FB in thrown ring ; (see also Part 4 for alternate method)
Part 2 Pictorials - FB in Ring, variations, and Under Chain ;
Part 3 Pictorials - Varied effects & applications including FB string, in & out of SCMR, Stacked, Fringe, length variation ; Concentric (bead within beads).
Part 4 Pictorial - alternate methods and method used on sequins, and tatted rings.
pdf soon
Part 5 Pictorial - FB in SR, SCMR, and SSSR. 

DIRECTION of Tatting : This Way or Tat? (TWoT) Series : (to be continued)
How and why tatting changes direction ; how to adapt and customize our tatting by referring to a compilation of diagrams. The series is divided into sets which include diagrams, instructions, exercises, practice patterns.Preface : Quo vadis
Introduction - an overview, who and how it can help, snowflake patterns, observation table pdf file
Set I - Rings Only - diagrams, patterns, questions, exercises, ... pdf file  UPDATED pdf link
Left-handed Tatting - a comparison of right- & left-handed tatting by Eliz Davis
Coming next : Set II - Chains Only
Paths/choices when climbing out with a split ring using Mark Myer's Luster Snowflake as an example to show process. pictorial pdf.
Magic Pathways - in Fortuna square

CHAINS in Shuttle Tatting  My ready-reference sampler list of numerous chains in shuttle tatting, pdf file

All about pds - term , use,  characteristics ....,
Pictorial showing 3rd way of Padding the stitch,
A table of comparison between pds, BDS, DDS.   pdf file
Padded Double Stitch  

12 Cluny Tatting Tips
Hanging & Split Cluny Leaves 
Broad Cluny Leaves  multi-Warp Cluny Tatting. And Introducing "ONE SMALL STEP" to make the closing of tallies Easy !
Warp Four Cluny Tatting Tutorial - 2 Versions. pdf file
Warp Five Cluny Tatting Tutorial - pdf file
Cluny Shapes and Effects - such a variety, including 3D, & freeform - see it to believe it!
COLOURED Cluny Tatting - first trials . pictorials coming soon - in Jan 2018 !.

How to Unlock the Lock Join - a stepwise pictorial . Also published in "Tatter Chatter" Sept 2015.
Joins in Shuttle Tatting Part I -  Demystifying Joins 
Joins in Shuttle Tatting Part II - Shuttle 2 to the Rescue
Equidistant join

CURLED  RINGS (Ninetta's Curled Rings)
Concept, description,  comparison
Some Effects & how to
More Possibilities
Final Options / effects

ABOUT  STITCHES : Comparison/Characteristics
Padded Double Stitch - Discussing & showcasing the potential of the self-padded DS or BDS or DDS - much beyond straight chains ! First Trials. 
Folded Rings & Curled Rings
Comparing Folded Rings and HMSR pdf of table
Half Moon Split Rings (HMSR) & Folded Rings . pdf of table
Inward & Outward facing rings - explained by comparing ring to a fish. pdf link .
Twist Work in Reverse Stitch (TwW)- a stepwise pictorial. This is also how stitches are wrapped in Daisy Picot
About Dot Picot
Comparing Picots - Interlocking, Mrs Mee, and Tuft picots

How to Start Interlaced SRs   
Over & Under Interlaced Split Rings .
Under & Over Interlaced SRs 

Perpendicular Concentric Josephine Rings - how to make 3D Onion Josephine Rings !
Padded Tatting Solutions. Part 1 - Starting with an auxiliary thread! Especially handy in 3D tatting.
Padded Tatting Solutions. Part 2 - Ending with auxiliary thread from the shuttle itself !!!
Corina's Fringe (a spot adaptation) - Adapting Corina's fringe 
Twisted Picot (Floating) (TwP)- stepwise pictorial, & variations.
Rings Enrapt / Wrapped Rings - an experimental new effect, which can also be used in bare thread or mignonette tatting to reinforce or to make 2 colour tatting possible as applied here.
Overlapping Split Rings - A quick & simple way to achieve a Celtic tatting effect using only SRs.
Tatted Cotter Pin Links with a Double Twist - taking off from Marilee's original tutorial, some possible directions
Ikuta Picots Method 3 - pictorial pdf Overlapping picots and variations
Josephine Ring Cluster - pictorial included in pdf
Chain around ring how-to : Row 9 of Renulek's Wiosna 2015. Lots of other ways to tat same motif.
Layered Onion Rings
Tatting over Tails - the middle pathPART 1 & PART 2pictorial pdf  
Starting with a chain (& starter picot) in 2-colour tatting. pictorial pdf

Winding Thread CTM 
Winding Shuttles CTM 
Making Skeins from Hanks (or Balls) 
Making Balls from hanks - very useful for HDT !
Magic Circle/Ring in tatting
How to Block Lace Using a Rolling Pin - A pictorial pdf included
Gapsosis can be good ... sometimes - situations when a little 'gapsosis' or bare thread space between elements can be desirable.
Avoiding gapsosis in trefoil and thrown ring clusters - a pictorial
Double Core SSSR - hiding unwanted colour diagram pdf of 2-colour motif
Large Ring Options - 4 different ways of working a large ring.
Different Ways of Closing Rings Experiment  (a pdf with model of 13 rings & table
When to Post A Shuttle ! - 13 scenarios discussed.
Hiding End Tails without a Knot - vast compilation of links and tips. diagrams-only pdf
Bobbin Shuttles - How to firm up a loose/running bobbin 
How to estimate length of central picot that has many rings joining to it.
Hiding ends Knot-free in rings - as in Quatrefoil medallions pictorial pdf
Switch the Core - optimizing thread usage in split rings. pictorial (pdf soon)
Closing a Ring - experimenting with different methods table pdf
When to Post a Shuttle?

COMMON  THREADS ...trying to tease out the common factor(s) in seemingly different techniques. These are presented as Sets. 
Set I : Overhand Tie - this movement is common in SLT, CKP, Puncetto knot, Pointed chain.
Set II : Rings on Ring - thrown/floating rings off a central ring can be done by SQDR (or R on SR), RR, SCMR, LTROR. (Central Ring with Multiple Thrown Rings)  pdf with table, pictorial, practice pattern
Set III : Picot Gauge in relation to Core thread & half stitch - including a comparison between Interlocking, Mrs Mee, and Tuft picots.
Set IV : Gapsosis can be good - situations when 'gapsosis' is required.
Set V : Post a Shuttle - situations when posting a shuttle is required.
Set VI : One-Pass Lace - characteristics and comparison between Magic Square, Magic/Infinite Pathways, and one-pass doilies. 

QUICK  DESIGNING  IDEAS  - Numerous paths to designing 
moved to Tatting Patterns & Designs

An attempt to graphically represent various stitches & techniques in shuttle tatting. An ongoing series.
FS/BS Tatting or when to use DS & RODS  pdf file


  1. Somewhere in your blog I saw a comment concerning cutting out mistakes. I think you were just cutting out a section; if so, could you provide a tutorial on how to reattach threads on both sides of the section? Plus, a tutorial on joining in new threads would be nice. I've had to dig through the internet (especially Georgia Seitz' and Jane Eborall's sites) looking for different methods).


    1. Hi Susie :-)
      Ave you checked some of the resource/tutorial links I've listed here : . Scroll down ; after the Cluny Tatting section is a section on Hiding Ends. See if you like any of those.

      Jennifer Williams aka cariad also has tutorials with very clear diagrams :

      In case you still face difficulties, let me know & I will happily prepare a pictorial. Feel free to contact me by email. If not, leave comment here about your progress.
      Happy tatting :-)

  2. Can you please give a tutorial on split chains?

    1. Only just saw your comment, Lofty Notions !
      What exactly are you looking for ? Do you want stepwise pictures? You can email me with details, so that we don't simply repeat stuff that is already online.

  3. This is a wonderful resource! Thanks so much. I have bookmarked this page... :-)