I have been tatting for over 20 years, I love it, yet I have been very reluctant to put down in writing how to do it.  Yet when I look at other peoples tutorials, they seem to miss important parts that hung me up until I found someone to teach me.  I have taught many people how to tat and I have several others who want to learn, but getting together has been the challenge.  Tatting has been around for a little over 200 years.  A lot of the best vintage patterns are found in women’s magazines dating from 1930’s and 40’s.  Those patterns are beautiful  and although I do a lot of vintage tatting, I rewrite their patterns and write my own patterns using more modern notations, because they are just easier to read.  So here is my attempt at explaining how to shuttle tat.

Step 1:

Tatting Shuttle (plastic ones are about $2 each)
#10 crochet thread (please make your life easier and get thread that has a strong twist to it, without the twist the knots don’t slide well, and the better they slide the easier it is to tat)

First I will go through the terms you need to understand and then the instructions on how to do them.  Second you need to practice, a lot.

Round- instead of rows
Ds=double stitch
R= ring
P= picot (or “-“on a pattern)
Ch = chain
Round = row
Connect picots = +
RW=Reverse Work


<p>So, how much do I need to pay for the instructions? I'm not comfortable signing a blank check. There is nowhere on the credit card page any info on the cost. Help! Did I miss something?</p>
<p>It's free as long as you are willing to go from page to page and ignor (or not) the advertising. I have private messaged you. Thanks for leaving a comment.</p>
<p>OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!!! I am pushing 60 yr old and have wanted to learn to tat since I was a child. My mother learned basics from a woman in her late 80s back in the early 1960s, when I was a small child. You have COMPLETELY 're-inspired me to give it a try. It isn't as scary looking as it looks. I have crocheted for over 45 years, including MANY doilies....So I'm not afraid. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSTRUCTIONS!!!!!!!</p>
You are welcome and best wishes.
<p>Would it be possible for you to post reverse instructions, that is, instructions for people who are left-handed? I was only able to teach myself to crochet after I found a booklet that contained mirror-image instructions for lefties, and the way I crochet runs the complete opposite direction that a right-handed person would do it. I feel like I would have difficulty tatting for the exact same reason, as I am VERY left-handed.</p>
<p>Here is a you tube video on left handed double stitch:</p><p>https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=how+to+tat+left-handed+people&amp;ei=UTF-8&amp;hspart=mozilla&amp;hsimp=yhs-004, may be this will help.</p>
Let me think on it. I'm not computer literate enough to know who to reverse the pictures, plus I am in the middle of moving, dejunking 50% of my life, so no promises. Thanks for commenting.
<p>These are good instructions.</p><p>One suggestion for new tatters, use multi-color thread with a good contrast between colors. When the ring thread and shuttle thread are two different colors it is so much easier to see what's going on.</p>
<p>Perfect instructions - I have tried it with MANY others! You've definitely explained it in the only way so that some of us who may not immediately pick it up finally Get It! Thank you so much, and your work is just beautiful.</p>
I tried so many ways and books, and it wasn't unit my great aunt showed me what I was missing that I understood and loved it ever since. I just knew I had to share it with others! Glad to hear it helped. Thanks for commenting.
Wow! I'm blown away! This is quite incredible! I've been crafting my entire life and have never come across this! I'm so glad to make its acquaintance. Thanks so much for sharing; it's beautiful!!!
<p>You are welcome!</p>
Would you be willing to share some of your re-written patterns with us? I have been doing some needle tatting, by I am excited to learn how to use the shuttle like my great grandmother used to do!
i really don't have very many that I have rewritten. I think the two main ones have been published. I buy books with the patterns I use and I follow Tat-a-Renda found here: http://tatsaway.blogspot.com/2015/01/close-call-with-rr-doily.html. She is really good with the patterns. I love it! Thanks for asking.<br>
<p>I found this guide throught Google while I was making an 'ible guide about tatting (I've learnt to tatting long ago, before Internet was diffused in my Country ;D). I've quoted you: </p><p>http://www.instructables.com/id/Tatted-Olympic-Rings-MicioGattas-remix/</p>
<p>Thank you, your Instructable looks great!</p>
Awsome!!!! Always i admire people doing these!!!! Sorry but i have luck of patience
Sorry, I can't figure out how to make the second half of a ds from the picture and instructions on that part of the instructable.
Revisit step 13, I have added another picture and more instructions. The second half is the easiest of the two halves. Hope this helps.
Thanks! I eventually figured it out, but I think the instructions should read that you pass the shuttle from the left to right under the thread.
Thanks for the great instructions, I have one of those shuttles, now I just need to find the time to try it out.
Don't get discouraged, once you start, keep working on it. It takes a while for your hands to get used to the new positions. One reason I love to tat is that you can keep a project in your pocket or a little ziplock bag in your purse. You can pick in up and work on it any time. Hope it works for you! Thanks for looking.

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