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Chained or Coiled Tatting Tutorial

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I thought you might want to see how I start a chained earring or pendant like the Mary Anne. First I gather all of my tools: thread, shuttle, and a small hook.  I already have one earring finished, so I added it to the photo too.  Now you know what I’m making. 🙂

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First, I pull out a good loop of thread, and make one stitch off of the ball.  This is counter-intuitive to what most tatters are taught.  I know I never considered starting a chain without first making a ring, but this method works well.  I am probably not the first person to have thought of this either, but I wanted to share how I build a coiled chain.

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Then I work a few stitches (in this case 2 stitches, a picot, 2 stitches).  Now I’m ready to close that open ring and start coiling my chain.

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I slide my shuttle through the ring.

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And start to pull it tight.  I hold my first and last stitch together and pull until the coil is nice and tight.  Then I keep stitching.

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Here you can see my little coil and how I’ve placed a picot every 2-3 stitches in my chain.  Now I’m to the point where I need to join my chain to a previous picot.  I use my hook to grab the thread and pull it through.

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Then I keep building my coil.

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I continue to place picots every 2-3 stitches and join as the chain nears a new picot.

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Once it starts to coil more it is easier to hold.

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Finally, when the coil is large enough, I start to join without creating any more picots. This creates the smooth edge on the earring.

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There you are. Now you can see a pair of Mary Anne earrings AND you know how I make them.

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This pair will be finished and posted to Etsy soon.

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One thought on “Chained or Coiled Tatting Tutorial

  1. Wow’ that’s really cool! Will definitely try that out once I get the shuttle tatting technique under control 🙂