Monday, June 07, 2010

With a Little Help From My Needle Tatting Friends

I'm a shuttle tatter because that's how I learned, and that's how I write my patterns. In the past I have been helpless at helping my needle tatting friends adapt the shuttle tatting style patterns for my Palmetto classes. I vowed to do better this time after they had some trouble dealing with one of last year's class projects. So I wouldn't be so unprepared, I asked some friends for som help. Wally answered some questions and gave advice. Heather tested the patterns "needle-style" and gave lots of advice too. I am really grateful to both of them.

For any needle tatters out there who may be coming to Palmetto this year, (especially you Southern Belles), here is Heather's assesment of my class projects.

The bookmark above will translate very easily to needle, though you may prefer a vertically held picot gauge to the horizontal picot gauge recommended for shuttles.

I had figured out a way to make this beaded bracelet with the needle, but Heather suggested an easier way. Some of the beads will be strung onto the ball thread and others added as you go. You will need a crochet hook or needle threader that can transfer beads onto the thread, but the tatting needle does not pass through the beads.

For the Celtic button project, you can make one square and use it as a pendant (see previous blog post), or make two squares and turn them into an amulet bag. The squares themselves will be easy enough to do, but needle tatters will most likely prefer to substitute something else for the long lock stitch chain shown here. Some suggestions will be provided in the handout.

Remember the lanyard I wore last year?
Here is that pattern reworked for this year's theme. I cannot whole heartedly recommend this class for needle tatting, though no one is unwelcome. To make it in two colors would require two long lengths of thread with the danger of tangling. The lock stitch chain, while possible to do, would be tedious. Neither of my friends thought of a way to make a single color split ring while working with two colors of thread. If you wanted to make this with needle tatting, the easiest way would be to make it all one color with needle and ball thread. You could substitute a regular chain for the lock stitch chain and a regular split ring for the color-hiding single shuttle split ring the shuttlers will be making. BUT, making it all one color wouldn't look nearly as interesting as the shuttle version. Proceed at your own risk.

Thank you again to Wally and Heather.


  1. That's very generous of you to attempt to include needle tatters in your projects that are written for shuttle. I've thought about this a lot and have chosen not to myself. It's a lot of work to prepare to begin with and it would split my energy too much. I can see a future for needle tatter "interpreters" though!

  2. Love that bookmark - very pretty.
    Fox : )

  3. Your bookmark is wonderful! I love the colors you used! Good job!

  4. All of your test tatters have been tormenting us with pictures of your new patterns...when is the new book comming out?

  5. Thank you. I like your content. Very nice.