Tuesday, 17 October 2017

how to go on

Do you remember that I've been learning the embroidered netting lace? The ladies from Bosa, maestre of their Sardinian filèt called  “SU LÀURU 'OSINCU”, are coming again this week. I've prepared another frame with the net stretched and I can't wait!

Those are just another two little motifs embellished with tatting:

About the fun, ops sorry, I mean the fan: I'm trying to figure out how to go on filling the space, that is what it looks like by now, stitches' numbers have been made up and I hope that at the end the lace will fit the shape. That is a "work in progress" pattern, so in this moment I don't feel like I can suggest anyone to follow my madness 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸. Only time will tell 🕛🕐🕑🕒🕓...

And you? How would you do it? In Italian we say "sono tutt'orecchi" (word for word it is I'm all ears), very funny picture to say that: I'm listening...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

fun (or fan) in direct tatting

I started an edging, just for fun, pattern is the last round of a doily, from Needlecraft February 1925 Vol. XVI No. 6 page 20, that I found here:
That is similar to the pattern for the "Piano scarf edging 1916", here:

I'm not joining the base of the down trefoil, that makes a curved edging but on the opposite side.

As it often happens (to me at least!), I began the edging without a clear picture of what to do, but now I think it would be nice for a fan. That's because Caterina, a lady in facebook, asked for help in finding a pattern for a fan and I'm very glad she asked because then I started to think about it. Thank you Caterina!

Then, back to the edging. The colour would be perfect for a fan, but now I should think how to continue... I love tatting puzzles!
I'm using a DMC thread, size 80, colour number 3778.

The shape that I've drawn is based on a fan's dimension of 23cm long from rivet to leaves and 10,5cm sticks from rivet to lace, the shape must be a little bigger to let the lace fold when closed. This shape has already been "tested" with the fan I made in filet lace. Squares in the paper are 4x4mm, paper is a piece of a large notebook, a little bigger than the A3 paper size. Also, remember that the lace stretches a little.

(the open fan is showed at the end of another post, here: Robin's magic tutorial )

The vintage pattern asks for an inward-facing picot, even if it is not mentioned in the written text. A inward-facing picot is also called drop picot or clip picot or down picot, it is a picot made with the core thread. I'm tatting the chains in "direct method tatting", that is tatting reverse stitches, not flipped, like in the second side of a split ring. I wondered how other tatters have made it and then I googled about it. I found something actually, but nothing about inward-facing picot in direct tatting. There's not a great difference, of course I use a pin like in the normal way, but if you please, I put a video in my channel, that is me tatting that picot.
Link to the video:

Useful links:

Some fans' patterns:
This is something about direct tatting:
This is a list of links that I found looking for inward-facing picots:

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

chiacchierino facilissimo

✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨   blog anniversary!   ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

My blog anniversary is in two days. Thank you so much for all your visits (WOW!) and nice comments (HUGS!), it means a lot to me 💗💗💗💗💗💗

This is the forth blog anniversary, well at this point I think my visitors know that "Chiacchierino facilissimo" in Italian means "very easy tatting" ("chiacchierino" means tatting), but ... Do I really think that tatting is "facilissimo"?
Nothing is as easy as it looks. 
- Murphy's law. 

That looks easy, doesn't it? But there's a lot of work behind it, and I've not yet mastered the netting technique, my net is still unusable! It would be better that I spend my time tatting, that it is easier for me!
The embroidery is part of a bigger net, I've been learning how to do the embroidered netting for 3 years. Last month I took the net off the frame where it was stretched and embroidered. I started the embroidery last year in October and finished last month, but I prefer tatting so the work on the frame was sporadic.
There's some simple tatting embellishment around that little filet lace motif (similar to that one showed here: There isn't a pattern for that. I have tatted around 2 others motifs, I'll share photos in next posts. Thread is DMC ecrù size 60.

Then, back to the question, "is tatting easy?" I'd rather say that you can call easy everything that you know how to do. When I started the blog, I thought "facilissimo" would have been an encouragement, I had never thought to make a provocation. Playing like a child is easy, a joy and a relaxation, but tatting...
It is complex, the flip doesn't come at the first try (second neither), someone could be discouraged and throws the towel, or someone else could then say that it isn't worth the effort because it's boring, always the same repetition of rings and chains... Someone even wrote that it is not a serious thing... No looms, just you and your hands. Not even a bunch of stitches, just two knots.

Despite it is not easy to learn - no matter which is your fave, shuttle or needle - I love its simplicity, that is the beauty, the charm of tatting and I've been learning so many techniques beyond the simple look of the double stitch, that it's "facilissimo" for me to fall in love with everything that is tatting!

But I think that if everybody said that tatting is difficult to master, who's willing to try? Once happened to me, long before learning, that I asked a Lady how she could tat and she rose her eyes and said something like that it was a craft difficult to learn. I'm not the kind of person who loves competitions but I've always tried to challenge myself, so she didn't deter me. But  there are people who need encouragement, so, probably, when people look at me while I'm tatting, if I say "you can do it, try it, it's easy", I hope they find the curiosity and willpower to try it out. That is not to diminish its value but to grow the knowledge.

Have you read this post by Muskaan?

As promised, here it is the tatted motif (or wheel or snowflake -- I'd hire a consultant for names 😄) using Lizbeth size 20 thread. I haven't changed anything in the pattern, it only needed some blocking because the cotton in my hands is stiffer than a metallic thread. Pattern is in previous post,

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017


When working with bugle beads, a very important thing  to remember is to look carefully at edges and discard broken beads, the sharp edge can break the thread. In that unfortunate case, a radiant tatting day could turn to autumn...

Bugle beads for this pattern are 6mm. Thread is Finca light gold (Hilo Metalizado, 1000mts, Presencia Hilaturas), double strand, 35% Polyester and 65% Viscose. I wound together two strands in two shuttles CTM. Thirty-six bugle beads have been loaded in one shuttle, the centre starts with the other shuttle without beads, then I climbed up with a split ring and the shuttle with beads is used as the core thread.

Centre:  Ring 4-4 repeat five times, SR 4/4
Round1: (mock picot) 1ds, slide one BugleBead from the core shuttle, 1ds, lock join, repeat six times
Round2: 2ds, BugleBead, 2ds, lock join, repeat six times
Round3: 3ds, BugleBead, 3ds, lock join, repeat six times
Round4: 4ds, BugleBead, 4ds, lock join, repeat six times
Round5: 5ds, BugleBead, 5ds, lock join, repeat six times
Round6: 6ds, BugleBead, 6ds, lock join, repeat six times
climb up with a SR:8/8, *[Chain 8-8, Ring 8+8 (join over the lock join of round6), Chain 8-8; Ring 8+8 (join same place of previous ring)]repeat five times from *, then Chain 8-8, Ring 8+8 (join same place of first split ring), Split chain 8/8 (joining the start of first chain of this round)
climb up with a SR:6-6, *[Chain 12ds, lock join to picot in chain of previous round7(chain aligned with beads), 12ds; Ring 6+6 (join to picot in chain between rings of previous round7 ), Chain 16ds; Ring 6+6 (join same place of previous ring)]repeat five times from *, then Chain 12ds, lock join to picot in chain of previous round7(chain aligned with beads), 12ds; Ring 6+6 (join to picot in chain between rings of previous round7 ), Chain 16ds, tie and cut.


What do you call them? Wheels or snowflakes?

In Italian bugle-beads are called "baguette" or "tubicini".

P.S. Eye-candy: there's a page for Palmetto's Tat Days 2013, with a beautiful collection of tatting (but without patterns), one of those is a bird, the beak is made with two bugle beads, that's clever isn't it? here's the link:

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

pattern for the quad_23 magic square

Pattern is in Flickr:
quad_23 magic square

I've tatted again the version with 4 repetitions, this time in two colours, threads are DMC size 80 ecrù and a shade of light blue but the ball was without the label, sorry.

I've also tatted again the basic square, just because I needed a pic to be put in the pattern, but I don't have a real use for it yet.

Instead, a friend suggested to sew the other one on the pocket of a shirt, I already found one with little light blue dots, difficult to take a picture as those are very soft dots but here it is

I tatted the "inverted square", too. I suspect I wasn't on task, in fact you see in the picture there are two rings not joined and I simply made knots with a spare bit of thread to take the picture.
and here it is the path, MODULE-2- was repeated four times:

I hope that the pattern in Flickr is clear enough. Thank you very much for visiting.

But it wasn't clear enough the pattern for the "star n.2 with tuft picots", for someone commented to ask how to do the OTT join in round E and also how to do the normal join to round C. I've filmed myself with the smartphone and now there's a new video in my channel. Please, tell me what do you think. Here is the link:

Last about this week: I managed to buy the catalogue I was looking for, it is about an exhibition held in Genova in 2006, "Gioielli di filo", beautiful laces, eye-candy 😍 ! But there isn't tatting, sigh.

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