Two Color Needle Tatting




About: I'm a tattooed needle tatter, a stay at home mom and a homeschooler. I sell my work on etsy. I hope to offer a few patterns more here as I get the time. You can also follow me on twitter as TotusMel and read...

This is a short tutorial on one method of needle tatting with two colors. The pattern I begin is R 3ds-3ds-3ds-3ds, chain 3ds-3ds-3ds-3ds joining at the side picots for a total of 7 rings and chains.

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    7 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You are going so fast I can't even see what you're doing. Then you go completely out of the picture and are doing something but we can't see what you're doing. I would really love to learn how to do this but it's very hard with this video :( I appreciate the time it took to make it, though, and I know your intentions were good. Thanks !


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Help! This is fantastic and I have it all except the tie it facing you vs. tie it away from you part. I'm starting my 5th brown ring and I just can't get the tying so that the colors are on the right sides. Can you help me with that?

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    At about 1:56 on the video is where I tie the piece 'facing you' with one thread going over, around and through. When you turn and tie, you do just that, flip the piece over so that the two threads cross and tie a normal knot...I hope that helps.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I am so thankful you shared this on instructables! I have always wanted to do this. Is there a way you could show the first couple of stiches a little slower? I did not know how tatting was made. I think I would enjoy this. I am subscribing to you so if you post more I will view it. Thanks again.

    I was inspired by your tatting work and finally after all this time and having tatting shuttles about, I found I could do it on needles like you described. My only drawback is that of keeping the loops the same size even though the knots seem to come out the right size. I cant seem to tell until I get further into a piece that my scale is somehow off. Here is a photo of my tiny turtle motif

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    Very nice! Tension in needle tatting is just a matter of practice. It's not just working the stitches evenly, it's pulling them off and tightening them at the same tension, so it just takes some time to get the feel for it.


    Thanks for the tips. I really love needle tatting. I will try other small patterns before trying anything larger. It is a great way to relax too, if you don't get too worried about how its supposed to look and just try it.