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2.1. Basic ways of tatting and implementation in methods and elements.

(Anastasija P. Yelisejeva, Jane Eborall, Georgia Seitz, 2012)

Tatting comes from ancient times, and the names of former Masters are unknown. Nowadays we reinvent methods and techniques, and even usually each tatter has inventions of his own, which just repeat tatting forms of the past. In the following classification we tried to mention our contemporaries, who are known as the authors of techniques, though it is nearly impossible to tell, who was the first…

Dear friends!

I have written instructions for those techniques, where I have something to add of my own. Some of methods I have invented myself, though I understand, that they may be already described. If you know the name of the “previous author” I would be grateful to receive this information from you and I will make corrections in the chart!

Kind regards,


PS: Many thanks to Nina Libin for corrections!

Download chart in PDF (updated 9.11.2012)
Stitch order Ways of making shuttle knots

direct stitch order reverse stitch order tatting wrapping
(ordinary) (knots are located downwards, it is usually necessary to begin with the 2nd half of the double stitch)
(is also known as “direct tatting”) (core thread is fixed stationary, knots are made by wrapping round the core thread)

Ways of fixing the core thread

1. Methods with direct stitch order 1.1. Direct stitch order tatting A. Ordinary double stitches (double stitch order or regular tatted double stitches)

1.1.1. Ring

• Josephine ring (may be not completely closed – horseshoe in shape);

• onion ring and mock onion ring ( instructions);

• ring on ring (stacked rings or layering) (E.Stepnaya, 1997);

• ring as a setting round the ring (E.Stepnaya, 1997);

• dimpled ring (external link);

• single shuttle split ring (M.Takeda, 2000) (instructions);

• half moon single shuttle split ring (A.Yelisejeva, 2011) ( instructions);

• loop tatted ring (S.Carden Madden, 2006) (instructions);

1.1.2. Chain

• mock ring (which includes self-closing mock ring) (external link)

B. Double double stitch (balanced double stitch or padded double stitch) (R.Auld, 1976) (external link)

C. Node-tatted chains (tatted cord) and rings (external link)

1.2. Direct stitch order wrapping (A.Yelisejeva, 2011)

( instructions)

In the following techniques either direct or reversed wrapping may be used:
• daisy picot (easier with direct stitch order wrapping) ( instructions);
• encapsulation (G. Seitz, 2009) (reverse stitch order) (external link);
• floating chains (encapsulated chains) ( instructions);
• split chain (D.Young, 1974) (external link);
• covering plastic ring with tatting (external link);• 2-shuttle ring (A.Yelisejeva, 2012) (direct stitch order) ( instructions)•separating and connecting chains (A. Yelisejeva, 2012) (instructions);•separating and connecting rings (A. Yelisejeva, 2012) (instructions)
2. Methods with reverse stitch order
(or reverse double stitch order)
2.1. Reverse stitch order wrapping (lark’s head knots) ( instructions)
2.2. Reverse stitch order tatting
(holding shuttles in normal position while preventing the transfer of the loop, i.e. “knot” is not turned, thus the double stitches formed will be the color of right hand thread for right handed tatters)
• multicoloured tatting;
• tatting on wire frame (E.Stepnaya)
3. Combination of direct and reverse stitches
(knots may be tatted or wrapped)







3.1. Chains with symmetrically repeated segments (common description)

3.1.1. 2-shuttle chains:

• Lock chain;

• S-chain (external link);

• Z-chain (zig-zag, ric-rac or Victorian sets) (external link)

3.1.2. Chains in which minimum 3 threads are used – 2 wrapping threads and a core thread
• 3-shuttle pearl tatting (R.Surtel, J.Eborall, 2009) (external link);
• Josephine pearl tatting (A.Yelisejeva, 2011) ( instructions)

3.2. Split ring

3.3. Half moon split ring (S.Carden-Madden) (instructions)
3.4. Maltese ring ( instructions)

Special elements:
• cluny leaf (tally or petal tatting) (external link);
• roll tatting (external link);
• loop made chain ( instructions)



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