Follow-up to 2012-12-03 Regular Online Class – Red and Green Plaited Braid with Beads


Monica is the creator of the bracelet used as an example in class

celtic bracelet by Monica

and  found here on her blog:  Succulent Creativity.

Apparently, she was working with the design without know that Gina Brummet had as well. She left this comment about the lesson:  “How interesting! I was not aware of Gina’s tutorial, and made some similar ones (but without beads).  I am particularly pleased with the way I did the closure.”

celtic bracelet closure


You can read read her full description on her blog.

RINA’s Method to keep tatting close without gaps

Also, we talked about “gaposis” in class, that dreaded “disease” that causes gaps in your tatting between rings.

Nina Libin has sent the following “remedy” suggestion:bout “gaposis” in class, that dreaded “disease” that causes gaps in your tatting between rings.

Here is the exercise we’ve talked about tonight, and a few words about it:

Rina Stepnaya (ANKARS) says that to avoid gaps between tatted rings and chains we need to train tactile feeling/sense (I’m not sure what word to use) in fingertips of left thumb and fore finger. In regular life we do not need this rigid foundation to hold all those beads and not get distorted.

Starting at lesson 2 of her course Rina trains her students to use the following exercise: Hold your previous ds tightly between fingertips of left thumb and fore finger, try to feel that it is really tight and not moving. Now keeping it this way (fingertips in tight pinch and ds not moving, not even stirring) slowly make the 1st part of the next ds, use your LEFT HAND ONLY! Right hand does not move. That’s all!

Rina assures that 5 minutes of this exercise every day for a year will make the grip on ds automatic, there won’t be any gaps between tatted parts, besides, if a pattern asks for some space between elements you’ll be able to make them even and of the size you need. Your chains will be tight enough and well shaped. Loose chains are something the beginners often struggle with.

Stephanie Wilson and I confirm that the exercise works. The trick is to remember about it every time you pick up the shuttles, and pay attention to every stitch. It is difficult for me because while forming a stitch I tend to help with right hand, so my problem is to restrain it. It will slow you down for some time, but the result is certainly worth the effort.

It takes time and concentration before it becomes automatic.

It does work, but after a few minutes of ‘proper’ tatting (Rina’s style) I catch myself getting back to just counting stitches without paying attention to how they actually form… Tatting without gaps looks much better, so I have to find time to re-learn and keep my right hand from ‘rushing to help’.

(Thanks, Rina, for permission to share your method, and thanks to Nina for taking time to describe it.)

If you try the above exercise, let us know what you think!

3 responses to “Follow-up to 2012-12-03 Regular Online Class – Red and Green Plaited Braid with Beads

  1. I so have to free up some shuttles so I can do this.

  2. I am not sure what you mean by gapsosis – can you supply a picture?

  3. For those of you unfamiliar with the term gaposis, please refer to the document listed under “Brushup on Techniques” on the right side of this page titled, “Gaposis Remedy”.

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