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weaving in endsIn the last lesson we finished a motif and hid the last two ends underneath the closest stitches. Here is another method of hiding ends.

This time, instead of pulling the threads under the stitches, we will weave them back and forth between the stitches. Say what? Don’t worry, it is not as strange as it sounds.

This method is a little easier than method one, especially if your tension is tight, but the hidden threads are a bit more visible to the trained eye. Use whatever method works best for you and your tatting.

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. Finish your motif and tightly secure the last threads with a knot. Cut the thread leaving several inches of extra thread.
  2. Thread your needle and locate the stitches closest to that thread. Look squarely at the closest double stitch and position your needle so that it is going directly into the middle of the stitch. (It doesn’t matter whether you are going through from the front or back.)
  3. Pull the needle through and the thread with it. Pull it taught.
  4. Now turn the tatting over and put the needle through the middle of the next double stitch. Repeat this back and forth for at least 4 or 5 stitches.
  5. Cut the thread close to the stitches. Repeat the whole process for the second thread end, weaving it through a different set of completed stitches.

That’s it!

Here’s the video:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNIGkI7m9uw]

This post is part of a series of Absolute Beginner Tatting Lessons. Go back to the previous lesson, Sewing in the Ends, Method 1, or skip ahead to the next lesson, Blocking Your Tatted Project.

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