Tuesday, 17 April 2018


At present, focus IS the word...

I uploaded my "homemade" video, showing the beads covered with tatting, that is a variation of the method showed in "Lesson 180 - Prayer Beads" - a video by the expert, Karen Cabrera 😍( Thank you Karen, your videos are beautiful!

Here it is my video:

Wound 2 shuttles CTM. In this video, first shuttle is the yellow one.
Beads' diameter is 6mm. It is covered with flowers, that are 3 rings of 5+5-5-5, then last is a split ring:5+5/5+5

After the second ring, pass the thread of the second shuttle behind the thread of the working shuttle, then tat the third ring. Then the last tatted is a split ring: upper thread is the working thread, start the loop around the hand with that one, gently pull the second thread before starting the second side of the split ring. Then, pass a loop of the thread of the first shuttle through each picot. Reverse work and pick the loop clockwise. Pass both shuttles inside the loop. Pull the loop to close the flower, but first put the bead inside, pull the first shuttle to close the loop.
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Nel mio video "casalingo", vedrete una variante del metodo mostrato dalla vera professionista di video, Karen Cabrera: "Lesson 180 - Prayer Beads" ( Mille grazie a Karen, per i suoi preziosi video!
Con 2 navette. In questo video, la prima navetta è quella gialla. Il diametro delle perle è di 6mm; lo schema del semplice fiore che le ricopre è di 3 anelli di 5nodi, pippiolino (ovvero aggancio al precedente anello) 5nodi, pippiolinoi, 5nodi, pippiolino, 5nodi; l'ultimo anello è uno split ring di 5nodi, aggancio, 5nodi, poi con la seconda navetta 5nodi, aggancio e 5nodi.

Dopo il secondo anello, passare il filo della seconda navetta dietro il filo della navetta principale e fare il terzo anello. L'ultimo anello è lo split ring: il filo superiore è il filo della navetta principale (gialla), fare il cerchio attorno alla mano con questa navetta, poi prima di fare la seconda parte, tirare gentilmente il filo della seconda navetta per avvicinare i cerchi.
Rovesciare il lavoro per passare un'asola di filo della navetta principale attraverso i pippiolini. Infilare il filo in senso orario. Infilare entrambe le navette dentro l'asola. Per chiudere il fiore, tirare l'asola, ma prima mettere la perla. Per chiudere l'asola, tirare la navetta principale. 


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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

rosary and beads

Jeanne Lugert this week shared her rosary pattern with the Online Tatting Class. Pattern is in her blog, here it is the link:
It's so lovely, it can be also a lanyard or a necklace and it can also be embellished with beads and also you may like to change the cross' pattern. Many thanks to Jeanne Lugert for this beautiful design, she is also the designer of the beautiful roses that I've tatted many times, for example here: lilliputian rose.

I've also watched last video by Karen Cabrera, showing prayer beads, it's an intriguing technique, it also seems very useful for jewellery or key chains or wherever you like a tatted charm. Many thanks, Karen!

This is my version of Jeanne Lugert's rosary, with the beads covered in tatting:

Link to Karen's video is here:

Actually, I did little changes. My beads are quartz, 6mm ∅, and they are slippery, so I've tatted flowers of 4 rings of 5ds, -join to previous-, 5ds, picot, 5ds, picot, 5ds.
Then, in place of tatting the flowers "detached" (as showed in Karen's video), I've tatted them with one of the 2 shuttles and substituted last ring with a split ring. In order to stabilise the bead, I've passed the other shuttle's thread through between the second and third ring. Sorry, I think my description is not so clear, maybe I should share a video too.

For the rosary, I substituted the lock stitch chain with a spiral chain: 

I realised that the lanyard can be tatted starting from the junction, that is where the pattern has a big ring. But I had to change that big ring with 2 rings, that is one is the starting ring, then I tatted the lanyard and came back to that point tatting the second ring:

That is the junction:
After that, I tatted the short section with the cross and ended the pattern finishing with an SSSR (Miranda's method)

Last pic today is from my home: knotting's framed!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

video for the venetian picot

Venetian picots in tatting.

That is a tatted picot resembling the venetian picot in needle lace.
It can be done in rings or chains, as though they were normal picots (maybe also as a joining picot - to be tried).
You need an auxiliary thread, length 20cm at least, folded in half, that it is used for finger tatting.
The rosette pattern in this video is original @Antonina Caruso 2018
Thread used in the video is DMC ecrù size 10

Tat a first half stitch, leave the stitch open. Put the auxiliary thread back the first half stitch, pull it and fold it in half.
Gently pull up the half stitch with the auxiliary thread,leaving the space for a short picot.
Finger tat one first half stitch, using the auxiliary thread.
Move the stitch OVER the picot, close to the upper part of it.
In this way the picot is trapped in length and position.
Finger tat a second half stitch and slide it towards the base of the picot, close after the previous stitch.
Finger tat a third half stitch; repeat as already done:  slide it towards the base of the picot, close after the previous stitch.
Repeat more first half stitches till you fill the picot and reach the base, here I finger tatted only 3 first half stitches.
Now you can take the core shuttle again and continue with normal tatting.

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Pippiolini veneziani inseriti nel pizzo chiacchierino. 

Questo è un pippiolino per il pizzo chiacchierino a navetta che somiglia ai pippiolini del merletto veneziano ad ago. Può essere fatto in qualunque parte del lavoro al posto di un normale pippiolino (forse può essere usato anche come pipp. di unione - da provare). E' necessario un filo ausiliario di almeno 20cm piegato a metà, che serve per lavorare a chiacchierino sul picot con le dita senza navetta. Lo schema della rosetta è originale @Antonina Caruso 2018. Il filo usato per il video è DMC ecrù num.10.

Fare un primo mezzo nodo (prima parte) e lasciarlo lento. Mettere il filo ausiliario sul retro del mezzo nodo e tirarlo attraverso l'asola del mezzo nodo, piegarlo a metà per poterci lavorare. Tirare con gentilezza il filo ausiliario per formare un picot. Lavorare con le dita un primo mezzo nodo e farlo scorrere SOPRA il pippiolino vicino alla parte alta. In questo modo il pippiolino viene bloccato in posizione e in altezza. Con le dita lavorare un secondo mezzo nodo e farlo scorrere verso la base del pippiolino, vicino e appena sotto il precedente mezzo nodo. Lavorare con le dita un terzo mezzo nodo; ripetere come appena fatto: farlo scorrere verso la base del pippiolino, vicino e appena sotto il precedente mezzo nodo.
Ripetere tanti mezzi nodi fino a riempire il pippiolino e raggiungere la base, nel video io ho fatto solo 3 mezzi nodi.
A questo punto si può riprendere la navetta e continuare a lavorare normalmente.


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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

venetian picots

I absolutely love venetian needle lace but I can't do it. If you feel ready to get amazing inspirations, you may follow this blog: Merletto Veneziano by Ombretta Panese.
Lately I've been playing with venetian picots, they have a characteristic look that is like a stick. I think I've found a way to tat them and after many failed attempts, eventually I've got something very similar:
You can see from the picture that I used an auxiliary thread:
The trick is finger tatting the picot, with an auxiliary thread, looped inside a first half stitch, and to go back toward the chain with first half stitches
Of course it can be done in rings or chains, as though they were normal picots
I tried to film myself but I need more time to have a video good enough for youtube.

I've bought one of the books written by Ombretta Panese and Marialuisa Severi, there's wonderful lace and even if I won't learn how to do it, it's very interesting to have an idea of the technique
You see I couldn't resist to buy the reprint of Palliser's, for only 4,32 euro. And I also bought that one by Alicja Kwartnik, "Bordi con il chiacchierino ad ago", a gift for a friend, new tatter (hurray!).
Another 2 books that I bought in the last few weeks: one is another reprinted old book and the other is new and very interesting, by Alessandra Caputo (her site is Merletto Italiano) "Il baule di Angelina". It is about how Alessandra received a chest full of old sets of samples, bobbin lace and needle lace, belonged to a lady who used to teach in a female professional school in Rome, and that lucky, fortuitous finding was the great opportunity for her to study the lace and the history of the school from the last years of the XIX century till about our days.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

useless work

They did it again (have you read my post are you serious?)!
Here it is another authoritative source:
Dictionnaire critique et raisonné des étiquettes de la cour, des ..., Volume 2 - by Stéphanie Félicité de Genlis
"Cet ouvrage en général ne servoit a rien" ... Dear Milady, every lace is a frivolousness, nevertheless I've found it very useful on several occasions...
knotting - detail
Pictures are details of my knotting work, that I purposely made for an exhibition held by the local lace association, to show what this work was about.
knotting - the flower drawing is designed by me
The exhibition hosted authentic lace from 1600 and 1700, private collections, and reproductions of costumes of that age. Many thanks to the precious help given by Alessandra, her site is Merletto Italiano.
That is how the knotting was displayed:
knotting - displayed on a table, near by a short description and a picture
Madame de Genlis, in 1818, wrote that the work with the shuttle was useless. Also, I found a play written by Goldoni (Italian source!) in 1756, "The Dutch Doctor", in which the knotting is mentioned, in fact there's a lady who says that knotting is her hobby ("lavorier non si chiama") and she's going to do couching and put it on a dress. The oldest portrait I've found with knotting it is one from 1743, in Pinterest, but I followed the link and it is from a museum (THE MET) where unfortunately they write that the picture is "not in view". I've been collecting pictures in a board in Pinterest. Here is the link:

Follow Ninetta's board ritratti knotting on Pinterest.

To make my knotting, I followed the instructions showed in this site: knotting shuttle videos ( I also designed the 2 flowers for the picture.

For couching, I used the same stitches showed in the mentioned site, that in Italian we call "punto posato", literally it is laid down stitch, it is something very well known in the gold and silver embroidery. (

knotting - back side
Many children came to visit the exhibition, of course they wanted to try making little knots! Very useful way to catch their attention!

And in the next picture, there are 3 little gifts for friends, bag mirrors, made with the same technique:

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Thank you very much for all your nice comments.