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Variations on a Theme


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This 16 page 7.4MB PDF file is a booklet I created for teaching my Variations on a Theme class at the Shuttlebirds tatting guild's workshop in Spokane in 2010. You do not need to have attended my class to understand this booklet. It stands on its own and takes you through all the steps of transforming the original motif. All the variations on the original motif are made with rings and chains. A few of the projects include split rings and/or your choice of a non-double-stitch chain (e.g. lock chain, Josephine chain, s-chain, z-chain, etc...) I have a free downloadable handout available on Craftsy with instructions on a few of these chains (it also shows you how to use these stitches to create quick and easy "thong" bookmarks). You can find the instructions here: This booklet covers everything from the basic motif to chopping it up and expanding it out into other motifs and patterns. Diagrams for 15 patterns are included as well as many pictures that show how to transform the original motif to create new patterns. Inside you'll find: - 4 motifs - 2 bracelets - 2 edgings - 4 fingerless gloves/cuffs - 2 necklaces - 1 pair of earrings - Plus instructions and ideas on how to look at the original pattern and create new variations on your own. Many of these patterns are for items in my Etsy shop including my half cuffs, small cuffs, and triangle necklaces. You may not copy or distribute these patterns. However, you are free to give show or give away any anything made from these patterns. You may sell items made using my patterns, but must give credit to me as the designer and may not sell them online. If you teach tatting and would like to include any of my patterns in your class, please contact me first. Feel free to convo me with any additional questions or email me at jessica [!at] Adobe Reader will be necessary to read this PDF. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY tat rings, chains and joins. tat a non-double-stitch chain such as a Josephine (aka spiral) chain or a lock stitch. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS All projects are adjustable to fit anyone.

Recommended with this pattern

  • Tatting shuttles or needles
  • tatting thread in chosen colors and sizes.
  • bra-style hooks or other fasteners

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Check out my website at where I'm blogging my progress as I work through the Priscilla Tatting Books from the early 1900s. I am updating the patterns using modern notation and finding more modern uses for the projects. My grandmother tatted and as a kid I always wanted to learn how to do it, but was too young to get the hang of it. In college a friend and I spent a summer figuring out the basics from books and I've been addicted ever since! Now days I travel a lot and I take my tatting with me everywhere. It's a great conversation starter. It doesn't matter where I am, when I pull out the shuttles people always ask what I'm doing. We don't even have to speak the same language. I’ve shown tatting to North African men in Italy and Armenian women in Los Angeles. I love sharing tatting with others!