Needle Tatting – Adding Thread in Needle Tatting by RustiKate

Needle Tatting – Adding Thread in Needle Tatting by RustiKate


Hi there. I am Katy. And today I am going to be talking about how
to add thread. So get your tatting supplies together and
we will get started. So if you find yourself in a place where you
need to tie off and add more thread, the best way to do it is you make an extra
knot. Right at the top, right like that. And then you are going to want to take your
needle and pass it through some of your work. And what it does is it makes it a little more
secure, so if you are washing it is not going to come
untied. And this can be a little bit hard if you are
really tight. I tend to be really tight with my tatting. Just keep doing it until you get your needle
in, and then pull it through right like that. And that is going to make it more secure. Sometimes, depending on how it is feeling
I will like to put it back the other way as well, so it is going two different directions. This is going to make it really secure. And I am going to get my scissors and I am
going to cut that end of the thread flush to the tatting. Then I am going to take the scissors and cut
the thread about 8-10 inches down the line. And this is the thread that is running to
your ball of thread. So cut that and this one I am going to thread
on my needle and run through just like I did the previous one. The only difference is I am going to go a
different direction. So I am going to go this way on the ring. You are going to do the same thing. You are going to slide it in. Right like that. And you are going to slide it back like that. Pull it tight and cut that thread flush to
the tatting. At this point you are ready to attach your
next thread. And once your needle is threaded with what
you estimated what you are going to need, you are going to just simply pick up your
project. Find the area where you stopped at. And you are going to insert your needle right
at the top. Since on this project I stopped right here
at the top of this ring, I am going to insert my needle right at the
base of the chain, where it joins to the top of the ring. Pull that thread through. I am going to give myself about 2 feet of
thread between the needle and the top of that ring. And at that place I am going to put a knot. And I am going to run my needle again through
that previous work. This time right at the top of the ring. I am going to pull this one flush. And make a knot. At that point you are secure and you are ready
to start your tatting again. You just go ahead and pick up where you left
off on your directions, and in this case it would be to start the
chain again. And just keep on continuing to tat as if you
never had to stop.

53 thoughts on “Needle Tatting – Adding Thread in Needle Tatting by RustiKate

  1. Brilliant videos, can't wait for more !! never tatted until I watched them. Feel quite confident now but wouldn't know how to begin doing an actual project. Thanks alot for all your help.

  2. Caroline, So happy that you are tatting! 🙂 Yay!!! 🙂 Very glad to be of help. What kind of a project would you like to do?

  3. Caroline, let me look around and I'll see if I can find a good free snowflake pattern for you online. Then I'll see if I can link it to you. 🙂

  4. I've just begun to learn tatting and find your videos quite helpful. Thank you. I would love to see something on chain rings/edging and Victorian sets. While I have read online how to do those, I find seeing it demonstrated just makes all the difference.

  5. A good snowflake to start with can be found by typing "Elmo's Snowflake – Webs" into a google search. I can't attach web addresses in comments on here. Hope this helps?! 🙂

  6. Thanks for taking the time to find me a lovely little pattern – I'll give it a go. All the best Caroline.

  7. Got another question for you. Where do you buy your thread? It looks like its in a skein like I buy my yarn. I can only find balls of thread.

  8. The thread I use so often in my videos is called "DMC Baroque Crochet Cotton" it is size 10, and it can be found at most Michael's crafts stores, as well as online at Amazon and Create for Less. Hope that helps!!! 🙂

  9. I make my own patterns, Luanne. A few are available, including the Tatted Foot Thongs. Check out RustiKate on Etsy or Craftsy, you'll find the pattern there. Enjoy! 🙂

  10. Thankyou!! I am making bookmarks and its just silly working with such a long length of tail .. So I figure ill do one side and then join in this fashion to go up the other side etc. I thought I could figure it out myself .. And I was basically correct. But knowing is SO much better than umming & ahhi-ing 😉 Thanks once again Katy!! 🙂

  11. Thank you!! Your video was so simple and easy to understand. It saved me the headache of trying to figure this out on my own!

  12. thank you . i just started tatting and ran out of thread. i saw your video and it was easy to understand thank you again.

  13. Thanks so much for this. Just had this happen so thanks for explaining how to join another thread. Video was very easy to understand.

  14. Hi there, love your videos. Think I've poured over every one. Hope you can help me with xomething… Is it possible to add a bead to the inside of a bead in needle tatting? I have found directions for doing it with a shuttle but I much prefer needle tatting.

  15. hi kate love your tutorials, is this the the method for adding another color? i cant find any tutorials on adding another color to your work…

  16. To finish and hide loose ends whenever I need to, I use a small tapestry or sewing needle that is slightly smaller than the tatting needle I am using and yet has a large enough eye for the thread being used.  This smaller needle sizing makes it easier for me to pass the needle and thread through the double stitches and I find the smaller size does not pull my double stitches out of shape as can happen with the tatting needle.   For any needles which had a sharp end on them, I rubbed the pointy end over fine grit sanding paper or emery cloth to blunt them.  I also like to thread my ends in on the 'wrong' or 'back' side of my work.  This is particularily helpful to me if I am using the double ball or double needle methods with two different colours.

  17. I just remembered, as per my last comment, I use the blunted tapestry and sewing needles to make small rings with left over thread 'scraps' for 'flowers' where the regular tatting needles are too long to use.

  18. Brilliant! I was hoping to be able to save my tat that I didn't make a long enough tail for. My only issue now is being able to see the stitches to push my needle through before cutting, as I used size 16 thread and a #8 needle! I need a magnifying glass monocle! LOL!

  19. It's been over a year since I picked up a tatting needle.  Most of it came back but I had to go back and watch this video to remember how to add thread.  So glad you made these!

  20. Hola, son super lindos tus videos y me interesa aprender, pero es muy importante el hilo, si me podrias decir el tipo de hilo que utilizas, muchas gracias….😓

  21. Thank you for your excellent tutorials. I have a general question that I have not seen addressed anywhere. How do you estimate the length of your tail when starting a project? Do you prefer smaller more manageable lengths and keep adding thread or do you rely on over-kill using an extra long tail? What is your rule of thumb?

  22. I am making a bookmark. It is with shuttle instructions, but I love it so much I want to make it with my preferred method, needle. It has 14 split chains…6 p 12 p 6. Of course I am having to add a lot of

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