Hi there, I am Katy! And today we are going to be talking about
how to attach your tatting to fabric. Now there are lots of different methods and
techniques on how to do this, and the one that we will be working on this
time, is one in which we tat directly onto our fabric. So go ahead and get a piece of cloth – a cloth napkin, pillowcase, anything at
all that you want to tat onto, and your tatting supplies, and we will get started. Okay, today I am going to be showing you how
to do a couple of different edgings on the side of a napkin. So this is a large, vintage napkin, and I am just gonna go ahead and use the same
thread that I always use, this is my favorite stuff! You are just going to go ahead and take your
needle, and you are going to insert it through the
corner of your edging. Now this edging has a really thick edge to
it, so I am just going to try and catch some of
this thread with my needle. On one that has a smaller edge, I would just
stick it completely through. But for this one, we are just going to catch
some of the edge, pull our needle through. And we are going to leave, I will say, 2 feet
of thread on the back side of our fabric. Then you tie your knot, and we are ready to
start tatting. You do 4 double stitches, 1 picot, 4 double
stitches, 1 picot, 4 double stitches. And then we are going to slide it off the
needle. So that is our finished chain right there, slide it off the needle, and in this particular case, we do not have
to reverse our work, because all we are doing are chains. So we are just going to go ahead and make
sure it is going the right way. Looks good, make our knot, pull it into a crescent shape. And then, in this particular case, we’re going
to decide how big do we want our arch to be? So I will say about 1/2″ on this one, it is kind of a large gap, but this is a larger
napkin and a larger thread, so we are gonna say about 1/2″. Then every time we make one of these we are
going to space it roughly 1/2″ apart. If you are really precise you can measure
it, I usually just eyeball it. You pull your thread through your fabric edge
and just make a knot. Right like that. And then I like to do my special step. And if you do not know how to do that, you
can watch my video on how to do it. I will have a link on this video for you. Ok, and so then we are ready to do it again. And we are going to do the same stitch, we are just going to go ahead and do 4 ds,
1p, 4ds, 1p, 4ds, 1p, 4ds. Like that, and we are ready to slide it off our needle
and pull it into our arch shape. Make our knot, and then if we look at it again. We are going to go about 1/2″ again, going
from the back to the front. I will slide my needle through the edge of
the fabric, right like that, and tie a knot. And it is that simple. This is actually the reason why I really,
really, like the doll needles. Because if you get a really good quality tatting
needle, it is going to have a really blunted end. And while that is really great for tatting,
because you’re not going to poke yourself, it makes it more difficult when it comes to
attaching tatting directly to fabric. Where as if you have a doll needle that has
a really sharp point, if you file the sharp point off, it will still have a bit of a point. So you will not poke yourself as much, but,
it will have a good point so you can still easily stick it through your fabric. That is why I am a big fan of using the doll
needles, the five inch doll needles, in place of the
tatting needle most of the time. So you are just going to go ahead and keep
doing that, all the way around your hankie, napkin, whatever
you are making an edge on. When you get to a corner, you could do one
of two things. You could either space it so that your arch
kind of jumps the corner and connects over here, or you can do it so that it lands directly
on the corner. And that is completely up to you, either way
works. So go ahead and practice that, until you have
it down. And then I will show you how to do rings and
chains directly onto your fabric. And remember this one works really well as
a base edge, so if you wanted to do a fancy, more complex
edging, this is still a nice one to do just to get
the basic tatted edge on here. And then when you come back with your fancy
edging, you could tat directly onto this by just joining
your picots of your next edge to these to make a second

15 thoughts on “Needle Tatting – Attaching Tatted Edging: tatting chains (Ch.) directly onto fabric by RustiKate”

  1. Holly, it is my pleasure! I'm just always amazed, and happy, to see and hear about the lovely work you all do. 🙂 Keep up the fabulous tatting!

  2. Oh I'm LOVING this .. I feel right at home tatting onto cloth .. I suddenly feel transformed into an older world. I feel like a dainty Victorian lady lol! Haha, such fun. Thanks for the demo/tut. I didn't even THINK to use my doll needles to tat straight into the fabric! I was thinking I'd have to sew it all on after tatting it up. Yay! Looks very pretty in this verigated thread. It's apricot-pale lime-yellow kinda. Sounds loud but ts actually quite subtle & looks quite vintage. Thankyou v much

  3. That is fabulous!!! So glad to hear it! If you ever want to show off pictures of your tatting projects, look us up on the RustiKate facebook page, and feel free to post pictures. We'd love to see. Happy tatting! 🙂

  4. Dear Kate , Thanks immensely for your help! I have a small fiber group called "EweKnitTea" and I am trying to teach us all how to tat, and I am using your videos, which they love too! Can you show tatting on edges that are not serged, but turned under? We would love to see more bracelets too. what thread do you use and where do you get it? It seems like it tangles less than crochet thread we are using. Blessings to you, Grace in Vermont

  5. Oh no! Just as you started to teach us, you sped up the film so I missed what you were doing. Can you do one with the absolute basics for total beginners? Thank you 🙂

  6. Your tatting skills are just out of this world. Awesome. Can you please explain what are Doll needles? Thanks

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