Soaps and Shuttle Lace

January 13, 2010

Class Projects

These are older pictures, but here are some of my class assignments from the beginner’s tatting class (New Shuttles and Needles).

Lesson 1 doves and butterflies

Doves from the NSAN class Lesson 1

I did these in embroidery floss in a dusty rose color and attached them to blank note cards.  Doves pattern by JoAnn Stearns. 

Butterfly from NSAN class Lesson 1

 I made the butterfly from the same floss as the doves.  Floss is nice for learning because it is big and thick and you can see your stiches, but you have to be careful because the different strands tend to split and sepearate if you need to correct a mistake.  “Butterflies are Forever Free” pattern is by Cynthia Stevenson.

Lesson 2 

I cannot find the sample I made of the hen and chick pattern at the moment, and I forgot to take a pic of the awarness ribbon before I gave it away, but I do have a pic of a project using the bonus pattern – communion cloth edging.  It is a doily I made with my sister’s nickname on the inner portion, then edged it with the beautiful communion cloth edging. This was my first attempt at this pattern and I don’t really do it justice in this pic, but it was much prettier once it had been blocked.

tatted communion cloth edging


Here is my version of Lesson 3’s Round Robin.

I  did some extra joins becasuse I thought it looked better that way, and I like to be different  😉 

Round Robin from lesson 3

Lesson 4 was on split rings.

I really like split rings!!!!  They are my friend.  They help me climb out of one round and into another.  I have a lot of old patterns that have tins of cut and ties, but with a split ring, I can avoid having to hide all those ends!!!

I didn’t think to take pics of projects from this lesson, but I have some pics of projects that do use split rings.  The first is the letter S from my sister’s doily.  There is a split ring in the middle part of the letter (here it is in black thread).  Rings 7 and 8 are split ring (the top 3 rings are kind of hard to see in this pic, sorry).

Split Rings inside the letter S

The next picture is of a medallion I made from a snippet of a pattern in my June 1971 Workbasket.  It has a center ring with long picots that was originally a cut and tie deal, but I left a long tail when I started the center ring.  I used the long tail to hand tat the 2nd half of the split ring (where the arrow is pointing) and then hid the end inside the tatted chain that comes after the split ring.

Split ring to climb to next round


Whe you do a split ring, the 2nd half is easier if you do the “dead spider” method of turning your wrist so your fingers point upwards.  Then just be sure you do not let your thread flip, but rather encapsulates the core thread (the ring thread that goes around your hand).

Lesson 5

Split chains.  Again I didn’t take pics of these projects so I will have to re-make them and add pics later, but I wanted to show you a motif I made that required a split chain.  I made this one shortly before Christmas.

split chain example


The arrows show the section that is the split chain in the above pic.

I think that is all the pics I have to share today.  If you have not tried all of the great patterns that have been shared with the beginners class, go on over to the classroom and check out the links.  There are some really great patterns there to try!


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