Monday, April 1, 2013

Interlocking Rings made with Shuttle - Part 2 of 2


 It dawned on me yesterday (Easter Sunday) that Monday, April 1, would be  INTERNATIONAL TATTING DAY.    So I pushed a little harder to get this TUTORIAL done today!


 As you can see in Photo 12, I have completed five rings and am preparing to tat the last ring.
PHIOTO 12   
First, you have to UNWIND THE SHUTTLE. so that you can put the end of the thread through the first ring (the yellow one here), coming UP through the ring.    This sets up the foundation for the last ring to go ‘over’ the yellow ring. 
Please ignore the  thread going out of  the  picture  on  the  left.   It is still attached to the ball and it’s  just  sitting  there, waiting to be cut off  later)
 Keep pulling the unwound thread up through Ring #1  all the way through.  (Obviously, it’s coming from the base of Ring #5.)    I like to pull the thread through all the way through before I start rewinding my bobbin.   
PHOTO 13    
My rewound bobbin is back in the shuttle  
 You’re not worrying about the hand-wrap yet. Just concentrate on rewinding the shuttle
For the photo, I’m showing the shuttle wound very close to the rings. But after rewinding the shuttle,  you will then pull some thread out to give it some slack.

PHOTO 14   
You then  reach in with the hook on your shuttle (or a pick or crochet hook) to pull that thread out from behind the base of the fifth ring and bring it over top of the fifth ring, as shown here. 

PHOTO 15     
You again capture that loop as if doing a ‘down’ join, the same way you did before.    You will then make the loop larger to put onto your left hand, as you did before.  .

PHOTO 16     
Remember that the part of the thread going under the bottom finger is attached to the shuttle, so that when you tug on the shuttle, that thread moves with the shuttle.   

You are ready to tat the final ring!

PHOTO 17   
When you start the final ring, the ‘fussiest’ part is to get the first knot as close to the base of Rings 1 and 5 as possible,. This will come with practice. I like to use a looser tension for that first knot.
Shown here are several stitches on the last ring.

PHOTO 18     
Ring 6 ready to be closed!

PHOTO 19    
Ring 6 almost closed. . You can see the last bit  of the foundation thread is showing through. 
The hook of the shuttle is merely pointing to the last stitch as it is closing. It is not hooked over
the thread in any way! Of course, I would be pulling the ring closed to the left.    I’m just showing the positions of the ball and the shuttle thread here.
PHOTO 20  
Ring 6 finally closed  

You can still  tug it a bit (but not too tight) and pop the ring up over the top.
I know that the first ‘orange’ stitches seem a little twisted, and that may be something that can be solved in the future. I’m just happy this works as well as it does!
Sure hope these instructions are clear!    Good luck!!
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 Our group is getting ready for the Maple Syrup Festival this weekend, and it looks like we’ll have some decent weather for it, which always helps with getting ready.   Thousands of visitors attend this event!


Sally Kerson said...

Such clear instruction, thank you Kathy, really must try this, thank you for explaining

Ladytats said...

Thanks Kathy, will have to try this method too. said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm hoping to get a chance to play with this technique soon. I just have to get past the Fingerlakes tatting seminar and then I'll play.

Michelle said...

So clear and easy to understand! I've pinned it for future reference!

mica said...

Thank you for the tutorial - I can't wait to try it myself. I've been admiring these interlocking rings for a while thinking that I should try them one day.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I'm looking forward to trying this out. It looks like so much fun! Thank you for the second part of the tutorial!

goudenregen said...

Hope to try this very soon. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Jane McLellan said...

Thanks so much. Will definitely try this!

Karen said...

Thank you for such a clear tutorial with instructions and pictures that explain so well. I got it on my third set of rings today. Not the tidiest looking rings, but they do overlap correctly and the next ones will be better! Karen in OR

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

It works! Of course, I knew it did, but it worked for ME! Thank you very much, Kathy.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Hi Karen: So delighted to hear from you and to know you've been successful! It does take practice to get them looking neat and tidy and to tat them with confidence. I can't tell you how many sets of these I did while I was experimenting and then not remembering what I did! This tutorial will help me also, if I need to be reminded!

Eliz: As you know, I am delighted that you were successful! It gives me confidence to know that I'm on the right track with my instructions. I plan to add some supplemental photos on a new post in response to others' issues. I am determined to convince shuttle tatters that they CAN do them!

West Pine Creations said...

Thanks, for the instructions. Very nicely done. Have to give this a try.

Carla said...

Thank you for the tutorial - I will try it.

muskaan said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I found this technique to be the easiest of all I've tried so far. I hope others benefit from it just as much as I have, & enjoy the process as well :-)

You have already seen the post I wrote about my learning experience. Now I need to tackle the Interlocking SCMRs ;-)