This is a beginners project with needle tatting.
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.
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:: THE FIRST HALF OF THE DOUBLE STITCH ::
1. While hanging on to the thread with your other three fingers, wrap the thread clockwise around the back of your index finger
2. Slide the needle under the thread up toward the tip of your finger. Remove finger and tighten the loop onto the needle. This is the first half of the ds
:: CREATING A RING ::
1. Create any number of ds with any number of picots. For our flower pendant, make a ring consisting of six ds with a long picot(1 inch) followed by six more ds.
2. Slide the ds off the needle onto the thread that is in the eye of the needle, keeping the loop forming at the end from closing by placing your pinky in the loop.
3. Bring the needle tip through the loop and pull the loop closed. This is referred to as 'close the ring' in written patterns
:: CREATING A CHAIN ::
1. Place the needle at the last knot made on your ring. A chain is generally only created after a ring.
2. Create any number of ds and picots. For our flower pendant, chain 6ds, 1 picot(p) 6 ds.
3. Slide the ds off the needle onto the thread in the eye of the needle. Pull the thread all the way through so that the chain lies right next to the ring.
4. As with the ring, turn the chain over and tie a knot (rw). Occasionally a ring or chain isn't reversed after closing, but a knot is still tied. The right and left thread do not change place when the knot is tied this way.
1. Make a ring 6 ds and join to the long picot of your first ring by using the tip of the needle to pull the working thread through the picot. Finish the ring with 6ds, close and rw.
2. Next make another chain the same as the first, 6ds, 1p, 6d close and rw
3. Continue in this manner until you 5 rings and 4 chains.
You can make this simple design in any color or size you like, you can also join flowers together at the outer picots to form chains or add seed beads to the picots for a little bling...!!!