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Sure my mask is cool, but it's not for the beginner. This is a beginners project with needle tatting. Making this simple flower pendant will teach you some of the basics of needle tatting. No knowledge of tatting is needed, but knowledge of other fiber crafts such as knitting and crochet may be helpful in understanding pattern construction.

You will need a size 5 tatting needle and size 10 crochet cotton thread. Though using any thread and matching needle will simply create different sized flowers.

This is not a comprehensive guide to needle tatting. This project will teach you to work with thread on the ball, which mimics two shuttle tatting. There is also working with cut thread that mimics one shuttle tatting and there are many more advanced techniques you can learn as well.

Step 1: The Double Stitch part 1

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Tatting is generally made up of one stitch, the double stitch(ds) separated by picots. This stitch is used to make the rings and chains that are the main structure of all tatting.

1. Thread the needle from the ball leaving a tail about 16 inches long.

2. Hold the working thread (thread from the ball, not the tail) near the end of the needle with your right index finger. You can release the thread as soon as soon as the first ds is made.

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SabrinaM4 made it!10 days ago

Love the pretty flower! Instructions were great and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing. Here is my very first tatting project. I used a multi-colored thread and it worked well. Gonna try it in a solid color and perhaps use it as a decal on my bag.

TotusMel (author)  SabrinaM410 days ago

Nice work!

Nutmeggles1 month ago

I love this pretty little flower pendant. The instructions are easy to follow, and really well explained. Thank you for sharing this with the world. I am going to try this now.

Kindest regards


TotusMel (author)  Nutmeggles1 month ago
xie made it!5 months ago

This was a great way to learn needle-tatting. Thanks so much for the instructable. :D

Lady Vania8 months ago
Thank you for your tutorial! I had some confusion with connecting the chains and loops, but I watched your video and figured it out :) pardon the pajamas, but I wanted to show you!
Dena LaRae2 years ago
Brand new to tatting. Once I figured out I was to be tatting on the ball finishing chains went much better! Thanks for posting this and your video! So much help!
ps I love your new stuff on Etsy! may try the choker 'tenebrous' (eventually) to go with my barefoot sandals and wrist cuff!
viccro2 years ago
I really appreciate that you used the term "half hitch"! Everything makes more sense...I think.

You're actually just creating many girth hitches, yes? And then sliding the girth hitches back onto the standing end, which you put through the eye to make it easier to draw through the girth hitches?

This would imply that you want your needle to have the same diameter as the thread; is this correct?
TotusMel (author)  viccro2 years ago
Sorry for the delayed response. I'm wasn't familiar with girth hitches so I looked them up and it does certainly appear to be the same basic structure. Yes, for the best look the needle should be the same width as the thread you are using.
twighahn2 years ago
may Adonai bless you i have been searching high and low for this tysvvvm
parisjea2 years ago
Your hands are beautiful because you create beauty with them.
KathyFuller3 years ago
YIPPEE!!! I just finished this project. Thank you so much for posting the step by step instructions, as well as your full video tutorial on youtube. I am truly amazed I was able to complete the project in such a small amount of time. Of course, I did practice a little while, but still, it was really easy and fast for me. :) Thanks, again!!
TotusMel (author)  KathyFuller3 years ago
Congrats & have fun tatting!
Thanks!! I will!!! I just have to find some more patterns for a novice. :)
bouder3 years ago
Your designs are so beautiful! As soon as I can get all the materials together (not sure where to find a needle) I will try my hand at your flower. I'm so impatient, tho, and wish I was an expert already! LOL! Thank you for your tutorials!
nettlesnook3 years ago
Thank you for sharing your pattern. Your work is beautiful. Although I have never tatted, I've started your mask. This is a must have for the Prom Masquerade I am chaperoning. Your tutorials are very helpful.
TotusMel (author)  nettlesnook3 years ago
Thanks so much and good luck!
How many ds and p do we do for the first ring, in the steps before the making of the ring and then the chain?
TotusMel (author)  vivensmortua3 years ago
The stitch counts for the flower are in step 5. Both the rings and chains are 6ds 1p 6ds
chauser3 years ago
i love your patterns they are what inspired me to learn to tat do you know of a place i can find this pattern for shuttle tatting? thank you so much for all the beautiful patterns i cannot wait to try the mustache necklace!
TotusMel (author)  chauser3 years ago
Patterns for needle and shuttle tatting are basically the same, the only difference being that most needle tatting patterns need to be worked with two shuttles.
thank you so much!
Patina Moon3 years ago
Hi, love your work!
Your instructions are great, I just can't seem to get it through my head how to rw at the end of the chain and tie a knot? I got the first ring ok, but at the end of the chain is where I'm stuck...thanks.
jusyjus873 years ago
It's great and it's easy, I'd like it so much)
Leo46133 years ago
Great walk through ! I'll have to try again with the right needle.
Thank you for sharing! :) :)
sanyogita4 years ago
thanks TotusMel. I had learnt how to tat with my grand ma and was totally intregued,by needle tatting .i tried and tried till i got it right it is so much easier than using the shuttle. thanks again !!
I had trouble getting the where the ball of thread side goes and where the tail goes in relationship to the needle. I needed to see the ball of thread the entire time in the pictures.
 If you are able to get the double stitch part right but having trouble getting the get it off the needle and into a nice ring part try this website:

Green Fuzzer Tatting 

This looks like so much fun! One question tho: how long should these main ds be?
I am just starting to learn how to tat and was wondering if these directions would be able to be followed with a shuttle. I was just going to try one thing at a time and see how far that got me!
tatihana006 years ago
i made the flower and because of the it i was able to understand the other ones. took a full day to finish the other one, but i really wanted to thank you for opening doors to a wonderful world of tatting. *grin*
I love the purple and white thread, but wish it were a better close up as I wanted to really see what you had there. Looks very nice.
thank you very much. the picture i took was with an old camera phone. the long tatting item you see (that is very blurry) is a necklace. i found an old instructable. there is one with someone using yarn, but with the multi colors it's harder to follow along. this was the only thread in my house at the time. anyhow, i'll make another and be sure to use my partner's camera next time.
Watching your video with the looping, it reminded me of macrame' but in miniature. Thanks for taking the time to make a great video.
crochetrose4 years ago
I have just started tatting-only tried twice so far and mine is actually somewhat starting to look like yours. I am excited. I have been crocheting for 30+ years and always wanted to learn. Your tatting is absolutely beautiful and your video is great!!!!!
they're verrrrry pretty, although sadly I don't understand anything involving a needle. What's the book in the the first picture, out of curiosity? :)
Where do you get your tatting needles? Does a store carry them or do you order them online?
WhyHello4 years ago
thanks :3
horselove364 years ago
My name is Sophia. I have been looking at your incredible tatting designs. I also browsed your Etsy products and think your Enslaved Heart Slave Bracelet (that, and of course the mask) is the most beautiful; I can't peel my eyes away! I am 13 and a crazed artist- I am especially obsessed with Henna. The swirly, dainty patterns that you tat remind me so much of my tattooing, and I am awestruck. I am about to tat this pendant, and believe that I also understand the Josephine Chain and Split rings. Do you have other projects here for beginners? If not, is there a free instruction manual where I can learn? Also, do you usually use a size 5 needle? Thank you so much for your time!
P.S. I attached a picture of my favorite Henna! I did it on myself a few weeks ago.
GlitterLady4 years ago
Hi Totusmel, your video and step by step on needle tatting is the best tutorial i have seen. It really does get the message across better than the book i recently bought, which i think the author has totally forgotten what it is like to 'start' at the beginning and assumes wrongly that we total beginners already know things.
Thankyou for your very informative tutorial, you really know how to get needle tatting across to us.
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