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When you finish tatting your project, you still have a few things to do to be completely done. First you’ll need to hide the ends, then you’ll probably need to block it and maybe stiffen it. And of course take a picture for your portfolio!

Okay, one step at a time. Let’s hide the ends. Unless you used the magic thread trick, there will will be at least two, if not many ends to hide. There are several methods, which successfully “hide” the tail ends to carrying degrees. Here is my favorite method, and I’ll show my next favorite in the next tutorial.

My method of sewing in ends is probably not the most elegant. Okay, I’ll come right out and admit that it mostly involves a display of brute force. In lace making. Lovely, right?

The advantage is that it hides the ends the most thoroughly of any method I’ve ever found. if you do it well, it will be really hard to find those tucked-away tails.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your tatted piece
  • A needle, the smallest size that your tatting thread will fit through. I prefer easy thread needles.
  • Optional: pair of needlework clamps, for gripping the needle.
  • Optional: mini rubber grippy disk thing, like those rubber jar openers, also for gripping the needle.
  • Scissors

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Locate the thread ends you want to hide. They come in pairs.
  2. Look around where the the thread is knotted and identify which two rings or chains you will be able to fit the tail ends under. You’re looking for the four or five consecutive stitches closest to the knot that are a bit looser (if your stitches tend to be tight, so you can fit the needle and thread through them), or tighter (if your stitches tend to be loose, so they will stay put).
  3. Take your needle and stick it inside the closest stitch, right along the working thread in the middle. This is where elbow grease comes in, assuming your stitches tend to be tight like mine. Continue pushing it through at least four or five stitches, being careful that it is along the working thread the whole way, and not peeking in and out.
  4. When your needle is skewering several stitches like a shish kabob, thread the needle with the closest tail end.
  5. Pull that needle the rest of the way through, and the thread along with it. Pull the thread all the way out and trim it close to the stitches.
  6. Repeat with the second tail end in a different set of stitches.

That’s it!

Here’s the video:


Please note: The closed captions aren’t quite ready yet, but will be up soon. I apologize if I’m making you wait.

This post is part of a series of Absolute Beginner Tatting Lessons. Go back to the previous lesson, How to Hide Ends with the Magic Thread Trick, or skip ahead to the next lesson, Sewing in the Ends, Method 2.