Homework submitted 5-11-2018

Ninetta sent in a wonderful explanation of her sample Dora Young Knot Stitch:

sample of Dora Young Knot Stitch tatted by Ninetta Caruso

She explains her method:

This time I started attaching the stitches to a piece of fabric, like in the edging N.21 at page 31 of the book, but I followed a triangular pattern, made up just to practise tatting the ks. For helping me to hold the picot in position, I used a paper clip, that turned out to be the key for me, otherwise my picots kept on closing. I started with 2 threads, one in the SH1 and one in SH2, then in 3rd row I added a second thread to SH1 and tatted row 3 and row 4, then cut out the 2nd thread from the shuttle and continued with just one. Two threads on shuttle tend to twist and I had to drop the SH1 very often. I used a  DMC size 40 cotton thread on SH1 and a comparable size polyester sewing thread on SH2 (gutermann ca02776). Only my personal opinion, but I like it with 2 threads only.

Thank you for adding to our tatting knowledge. Now to empty shuttles so I can try this out…..

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Homework submitted 5-9-2018

The exploration of the Dora Young Knot Stitch continues!

Karen worked up this sample:

Dora Young Knot Stitch sample tatted by Karen Cabrera

She will be adding a video to her blog and YouTube channel soon.

Kathleen continues her work on a doily using the stitch:

Dora Young Knot Stitch doily tatted by Kathleen Minniti

She adds, “Did you know that they (lock stitches) like to twist in relationship to each other if you give them the room to do so?  Yep, they do!  Better to Leave a picot-sized gap between the stitches for future joins.

Another learning:  the work looks like ugly, twisted thick thread unless you aggressively unwind your paired threads between knot stitch sets.  That is the main problem with the appearance of my work here – they cabled, rather than creating that open, almost fluffy puff between knot sets.  My bad, and I’ll be more aware and correct that next time.”

Thank you both for sharing your discoveries with the class!

Class Material 5-7-2018

The secret is solved!

Come to class to find out how to do the Knot Stitch Dora Young style. Those who have been lucky enough to read through the reprint of the book will be sharing their insight and thoughts.

Here is Karen Cabrera’s sample and explanation:

Karen Dora Young Knot Stitch

The technique is really simple.A picot gauge will yield best results.

1 shuttle wound with 2 threads, or one double shuttle (SH1), and another one acting as ball wound with single thread (SH2).
First round: Tie all threads together
with SH1 using SH2 as ball thread:  *make first half of ds, flipped, and then the second half of the ds, unflipped (lock stitch) Leave enough space for joining and repeat*. Leave a long space (3/4 inch) and repeat. for as long as you want.
Second round:  coming form long space, <make  first half of ds, flipped, and then the second half of the ds, unflipped, join to space in previous round,  first half of ds, flipped, and then the second half of the ds, unflipped>. Leave long space, repeat *-*. Leave long space. repeat <->

Kathleen has begun the doily using the stitch:

Doily by Dora Young

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Homework submitted 4-30-2018

Usha caught up with our discussion of Ninetta’s excellent help with this beauty:

Usha Butterfly

A reminder that class today is cancelled to allow a break for Springtime activities. Consider sending a picture of what your Spring tatting looks like for posting.

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Class announcement 4-27-2018

We’re taking a week break. We’ll be back in May with more great classes.

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Tatting submitted

Aurora gives us a lovely edging:


Dancing Girls by Aurora Lozada

A happy edging for Spring!
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Class Material 4-23-2018

Happy St. George’s Day!

Ninetta Caruso shares her interpretation of the butterfly found in Nellie Hall Youngbird’s Forty Original Designs in Tatting.

Forty Original Designs in Tatting By Nellie Hall Youngburg, Novel and Unique Designs with Complete Instructions for Every Pattern Designed and Executed by Nellie Hall Youngburg Brookings, SD © 1921 pat 39 sample by Ninetta Caruso

Butterfly by Nellie Hall Youngbird

She will be sharing a new diagram with us. We will also revisit the list of patterns that still need updating.

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Homework submitted 4-16-2018

Mimi finished Dagmar’s wonderful heart:

Cluny Heart by Dagmar Pezzuto

She used hand dyed thread by Karey Solomon for her angel. Lovely work!

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Class Material 4-9-2018

April is here! For many, that means Spring Break.

What to tat?
Here is a great suggestion for a spring break tatting project with multiple uses. This delicate rosary pattern might also be a useful lanyard or chatelaine with minor changes. And beautiful beads could transform it, too.

rosary of split rings by Jeanne Lugert 2008

This is a 2 shuttle pattern that uses Rings, Split Rings and Lock Stitch Chains. Never fear! If you are dipping your toe into these techniques for the first time, class will discuss each one with plenty of links. Our own Tamie has posted videos for us to learn and enjoy.

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Tatting submitted 4-4-2018

The discussion of Vintage patterns and also of the Bach vs Beethoven method of design prompted Melanie to submit this:

Sonata from the Tatting Book 159 by Spool Cotton Co.

Worked in size 80 vintage white thread, the motif measures about 3″ (oval).

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