Any weaving product consists of a pattern or motive. Any complicated pattern can be divided into simple elements. You can read about the main tatting knot in our previous articles. Further, we would like to discuss elements that can be made with the help of this knot.
You can create a lot of stunning laces by combining different elements.
These laces are a good decoration for your clothes. They can also highlight your interior. So let’s describe 6 key elements which can be made in the tatting techniques of weaving with one shuttle . Here they are:
Picot made by pattern
For making such element as a ring, we should have a filament wound shuttle. Keep it in your right hand. With the free end of the thread we have to make a closed loop. To do it you should wrap the thread clockwise around your fingers by your left hand. So we get a working ring. Next we have to make forward and backward nodes on this ring. The thread with a shuttle which runs from the right to the left hand is called the leading thread.
Using this thread we will weave forward and backward nodes on our ring. While raising or lowering the middle and ring fingers of the left hand we accordingly strain or weaken the working loop. Thus, strain the working ring and make forward node and then backward node around the thread of the ring. After that weaken the ring and tighten the knot. Then strain it again. You can always see in the scheme how many double knots you need for making a ring.
There is a way to test if you’ve made the knots correctly. You have to pull the freely descending thread of the working ring holding the knots at the same time. The thread should move easily. In order to join our first double knot with the last one, you must tighten the leading thread.
The next element is a semi ring. The scheme of semi ring implementation is similar to the ring scheme. Make the working ring and recruit the required number of double loops. Then pull the leading thread and restrict the working ring in a way that the piece of thread remains between the first and the last double knot. The length of this piece of thread has to be equal to one diameter of the semi ring.
Picot is a very useful element in tatting circuits. It is used for decorative purposes; it makes the pattern more complex and interesting. Picot is also used for connecting elements, fragments and entire lace motifs. Picot is a very simple element. Weave the first double knot, then a second one at a certain distance from the first one. Pull the first knot close to the second. The result is extended loop which is situated between two nodes is called picot. It’s important that the first and second loops, which form a knot, are always included in the total calculating of the loop circuit.
The decorative element as picot “Josephine” is a perfect ornament. At the same time it’s very simple. Make a ring and weave five straight nodes around it. You may protract the picot either into the ring or into the semi ring. You should hold nodules by your fingers; otherwise, they may kink and look messy.
Picot “Fly” can be used as a relief picot. It’s better to make this picot with thick filaments; it will make the relief more expressive. In order to create this picot you have to make a working loop and a ring. Then weave four backward knots and skip the shuttle under the ring, and extend the picot into the ring or semi ring.
Picot Made by the Pattern
It is more convenient to make this kind of picot when you need exact length of the loop. First, you have to make a template. It may be a strip of cardboard, plastic or wood. Its width should be equal to the half of length of the picot thread. Second, take the pattern in the left hand and put it along your weaving. Next, make the first double knot; then throw the working thread close on the template and make the second double knot. Afterward, you have to follow the chosen pattern. When it’s necessary to make a picot again, use a template. As a result we have a neat picot of the same length.
Having mastered these easy elements, you will be able to make beautiful designs using the tatting techniques.