Alright, you ready? Here we go: speed tatting. Hi there, I am Katy, and today I am going to show you how to do
speed tatting. Speed tatting is a technique that I have developed
over the years. There are many forms of tatting: there is
shuttle tatting, and your typical needle tatting. But they are all very labor intensive, in
that they take a long time to create your work. So speed tatting is something that I enjoy because I can do it when I’m riding in the
car, or I can do it when I’m watching television, or talking with people. I can, you know, do it pretty much anywhere, and it is quite relaxing for me, and when I get my rhythym down, it goes relatively
fast. First, we are going to start with our thread. And a thread for beginners, I like to start
with like, a size 10 thread is good. 10 or 20, but I usually like to start with
10. For needle size, a size 5 is good, is the average size to work with this thread. You can also use a doll needle, which I actually
prefer, but that is up to you, that is your preference. So we are going to go ahead and do the hardest
part first. We are going to thread our needle. Once your needle is threaded you are going
to want roughly 12″ for the tail. The tail is the piece of thread that comes
from the needle and hangs free. So we are going to do it roughly 12″, like
that. And for the thread you are going to be working
with, you want to have about 2 1/2 to 3 feet from
the needle this direction, which is going to be toward your ball of thread. So you are going to want to hold that in your
left hand. The thread will be in your left hand, the
needle will be in your right hand. You are going to hold your needle in this
position, with your right index finger kind of spaced
out toward the head of the needle. And then with your left hand you are going
to use your bottom 3 fingers to hold and guide your thread. You are going to just close them over the
thread like that. And then you are going to put your left index
finger out like a rubber band pistol shape like this, and, for the first part of your stitch – In tatting there is only one basic stitch
and there’s 2 parts to it – and when the 2 are combined it forms your
double stitch. So we are going to learn the first part of
that stitch right now. So for the first part of the double stitch
in speed tatting, you are going to go ahead and wrap the thread
around your thumb in a clock-wise motion. When the threads cross, as you can see they
cross, you are going to bring your needle down and
bring it up through that loop from the bottom. When you do that, you pull your thumb out
and you slide that thread tightly against your right index finger. You are going to keep your fingering, and for the next and second part of the double
stitch you’re going to do a counter-clockwise motion around your left index finger. Once you have it wrapped around counter-clockwise, you are going to bend it and come up from
the base and catch that thread. Once you have caught the thread with your
needle go ahead and remove your finger, slide it tight, and that completes your double stitch. For people who, do normal needle tatting this
might seem a little bit awkward to begin with, but the motion is actually a faster motion
once you get your rhythym down. And it is less prone to confusion than the
typical method. So we are going to go ahead and do that again. Go ahead and hold your needle properly, hold your thread with your bottom 3 fingers, wrap it around clock-wise around your thumb, let the threads cross. As they cross, bring your needle up from the
base. Remove your thumb, slide it tight to your work. Counter-clockwise around your left index finger, bend it, bring it up from the base, remove your finger, slide it tight to your work. There is 2 double stitches. We are going to go ahead and do that again
so you can see. Just like that. So, once you have gotten that down, then you are good to go, and we’ll continue
on. Now the next step that you will need to know, is how to do a picot. And what picot is, is actually the loop on your tatting. And Picots are decorative, primarily, but
they’re also good for connecting work, and you will learn that later on. But for now, I will just show you how to do
it. So this is a picot, and it is the loop right
here. So go ahead and pick up your needle again,
and all you have to do for your picot is to make a space. And you are going to make that space with
your right index finger. You are going to lift it up and instead of
holding your work down right under your finger, you are going to make a space of however big
you want that picot to be. And so, I’m goning to want to do wanna, I just want to do an average sized picot, so I am goning to space it out probably like
a quarter of an inch in front of my previous work on my needle. And then I am goning to hold that finger there
real tight. To make a picot or a loop, you are simply
going to take your finger off of the position it normally holds, holding the thread down, and we are going to move it out as a spacer. so that when we make our first stitch, it slides tightly against the tip of our index
finger of our right hand instead of the completed work. So we are going to go ahead and finish the
stitch, once the double stitch is completed, we will
remove our finger, slide it together and we have our picot. At this point we can just go ahead and do
2 more double stitches, to make it a complete 3 on each side. Want to go ahead and watch that some more? You have a second picot, do 3 more stitches.
Third picot, like that. So, I want you to go ahead and do 3 more double
stitches, and you can continue on with that until you
are comfortable with it. Go ahead and do 3 double stitches, 1 picot, 3 double stitches, 1 picot, 3 double stitches.

46 thoughts on “Tatting – #1 The Speed Tatting (Needle Tatting) Method: part one by RustiKate”

  1. If you like this video and found it helpful, please “Subscribe” and/or “Like,” to help me make more! Enjoy! ~ Katy

  2. I could hardly hear your voice for the first portion of the video, even with my own volume hiked to high! Then it got better and I could hear. I learned needle tatting last year, and was determined to learn the shuttle too, and at long last I have! I enjoy doing both and am still looking out for new tips and tricks to improve my work. Thank you for sharing.

  3. PS: I think the further you get from the camera and mike, the fainter your voice becomes, when you are on the stool, your voice is faint again and one can't really hear what is being said. Just thought I would let you know!!

  4. That thumb part is amazing. No more confusion on what direction to wrap thread around the finger. Thank you for this!

  5. Thanks for your input! The sound works fine on my computer, but I will make sure to speak nice and loud next time. 🙂 Good job on mastering both techniques! Keep up the good work!!! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the comment! 🙂 Shuttle is much harder, so my hat is off to you! 🙂 Keep tatting!!! 🙂

  7. Glad it helped! I thought it was a much simpler motion too. You'd think one finger, two directions, would be easy. But the clockwise then counter clockwise motion always is confusing. My mind/hand coordination works much faster with the thumb. Thanks for the comment! Keep up your good work!!! 🙂

  8. it looks so pretty, but so difficult , this the one needle craft I've never done because it looks intimidating 🙂

  9. You should totally try it! Just take it slow and easy, and you will be amazed how simple it actually is – really! 🙂 Only 2 stitches to learn! You can do it!!!! 🙂

  10. Doll Needles are a 5" needle that can be found at most craft stores. If used for Tatting it is usually a good idea to blunt the sharp point, as not to poke oneself. You can find them online at Amazon, Joann's, etc. 🙂

  11. I can actually do this!!! I love it and the instructions are very easy to follow!!! Give it a try…you'll be sooo glad you did!!!! Thank you, Kate!!!!!

  12. This is awesome!!! Just learning and this already fast than any other method I've tried. Thank you, thank you! Good tip about blunting the end of the doll needle, pretty important. 😉

  13. I've been dying to get into tatting but as someone else said it's so intimidating. You are an awesome instructor. Do you ever come to NY? I'd love to see you 1st hand. I always do much better when I have the instructor with me guiding as I do the stitches. Maureen

  14. Thanks, Maureen, for the encouraging feedback! 🙂 I haven't made it to NY, yet, but If I ever make it out there for classes I will try to let you know. Don't be intimidated by tatting, it is only the idea that is intimidating. Just take it at its simplest form, one step at a time (in your own time – no rush), and you will do awesome! 🙂 Blessings, and happy tatting! 🙂 ~ Katy

  15. Can anyone point me in the direction of a needle I can do this with? Ive just moved to Montreal, QC and I cant find one anywhere 🙁 online I can only find places that want to charge me twice as much for shipping than the actual needle costs 🙁

  16. The Cheapest option, as long as you want the average/mid-range needle size, is to get a 5” doll needle and file the point off. They work great and are much less expensive. I’m not sure what stores carry these in QC, but I know they can be found in most sewing/craft stores in the U.S. and very cheaply online. Search "5 inch doll needle" on Amazon or Create For Less. Hope that helps! 🙂 ~ Katy

  17. thanks so much! I ended up finding at set on ebay for $12 and free postage! I thought that was a pretty good deal 🙂 Cant wait til it arrives so I can give it a try 🙂

  18. When you make the tail at the beginning, do you have to knot it so will stay that far from the end of the thread?

  19. Sorry that it has taken awhile to get back to you. To answer your question, no you don't make any knots in the beginning to keep the tail thread in place. It should hang free. As you learn, you may have the tail thread slide a bit – making it shorter as you work. If you seem to have trouble with this, just check the length between steps (making rings and chains), and adjust the tail accordingly. This will get easier, as you go. 🙂 Keep up the good work!!!! Enjoy your Tatting!!! 🙂

  20. I went to and typed in needle tatting and came up with several choices. There is a kit that has 4 different size needles for thread, and a kit that has 3 different sizes for yarn. You can actually tat with worsted weight yarn with these needles.

  21. If the needle size is large enough, yes you can totally tat with yarn. It is awesome! You can make scarves, rugs, all kinds of cool things! 🙂

  22. Thanks for the great video. I've only just started needle tatting and love it but I think this method will work better than how I've been doing it. I'm surprised at how easy needle tatting is, I thought it was going to be really difficult but it just seems to flow so easily. Love this technique!!

  23. Thank you for this great video, I learned this way right away as apposed to shuttle tatting plus it saves on the wear and tear of your hand.

  24. That is great that it was much easier on your hand and easier too learn, Kathleen! I felt the same way about it. Love both shuttle and needle tatting, but this works so much better for my body and my form of creativity. Hope you will really enjoy it, and create fabulous works of art! 🙂

  25. Paula, the sound file is lower on this then later videos. Most people can hear it, but I've found that some computers, especially certain brands of laptop and Ipads, don't have a loud enough sound systems to hear it properly. Head phones help, and we have also added captions/subtitles to most of the videos – which you can make use of under the "CC" option. Hope this will enable you to be able to enjoy the videos! 🙂

  26. I will try this out once my needles arrive.  There is a cast-on in knitting that is similar to this.  I'm a knitter, so this method makes total sense to me.  Excited to try this!  Thanks so much!

  27. You should be a teacher, you we're clear, to the point and you didn't treat 'us' the viewer like idiots! Thankyou! A really great video! 🙂 x

  28. I love your videos, you have made learning tatting so much easier! could you share patterns for the doilies on your table? They are both quite stunning.

  29. Great video!! You are so helpful. I have subscribed to your videos because they are so easy to learn from. Thanks so much!!

  30. I was really confused about what a double stitch (not double crochet stitch) was until this video. Thank you! Really appreciated this video.

    And, I'm curious, what is needle tatting similar to Tunisian crochet?

    P.S., I'm a crochet-er.

  31. Thank you, I've been using your technique. In no time I had the center piece on a doily I am making for my sister. It goes so much more quickly than using a shuttle. And adding to that the way you position the thread over your thumb for the first half of the stitch, it's quite a natural movement and makes it so the tatter isn't fighting the thread feed.

  32. Thank you for this, it's looks great! And you seem to explain things very clearly. My mother-in-law has given me a huge box of tatting things and I am looking forward to having a go! Can the cream thread be dyed different colours?

  33. we need the definition and demonstration of each type stitch. yes we can watch elsewhere but you might help that one or two persons that still can't quite get it but understands your way. don't leave out your versions of the basics even if tbe same.your voice may catch them ir calm them and they learn becuase of your way or because you got their attention and something helped them understand something and Now They Go

  34. we need the definition and demonstration of each type stitch. yes we can watch elsewhere but you might help that one or two persons that still can't quite get it but understands your way. don't leave out your versions of the basics even if tbe same.your voice may catch them ir calm them and they learn becuase of your way or because you got their attention and something helped them understand something and Now They Can…

  35. خودتو نمایش گذاشتی یا بافتنی؟اگه بافتنی بوده چرا دوربین و دور گذاشتی؟

  36. Is the pattern available for the piece you are using for examples in this video? I just LOVE it. I learned to needle tat by watching your videos. You're the best!

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