Thursday, October 14, 2010


Here you'll find links to a series of educational videos on tatting shot by me and used mainly for my own reference; but if they help you too, then I'm very glad!

NOTE: NONE of the techniques described in the videos or the patterns used for lessons or practice is my own.

Lesson 1 - How to fill the shuttle up.
Lesson 2 - Basic knot or stitch. How to make a ring.
Lesson 3 - Picots
Lesson 4 - Basic Picot Join (a.k.a up, upwards or shuttle join)
Lesson 5 - Read patterns
       Practice lessons 1-5
Lesson 6 - Two threads
Lesson 7 - Picots with two threads
Lesson 8 - Joining with two threads
Lesson 9 - Complex tatting patterns
       Practice lessons 6-9
Lesson 10 - Two shuttles AKA "Floating rings"             
        Practice lesson 10
Lesson 11 - Pearl Tatting or tatting with multiple threads
        Practice lesson 11
Lesson 12 - Two-shuttle split ring
        Practice lesson 12
Lesson 13 - Single-shuttle split ring
        Practice Lesson 13
Lesson 14 - The Dora Young knotless chain AKA Split chain
        Practice lesson 14
Lesson 15 - Mock ring
        Practice lesson 15
Lesson 16 - Beads in picots
Lesson 17 - Beads in shuttle thread
Lesson 18 - Beads in ball thread
Lesson 19 - Beads in center of single-shuttle ring
Lesson 20 - Beads in split rings
Lesson 21 - Beads in mock rings
        Practice lessons 16-21
Lesson 22 - Josephine knot and ring
        Practice lesson 22
Lesson 23 - Ric-Rac or lattice stitch
        Practice lesson 23
Lesson 24: Mignonette
        Practice lesson 24
Lesson 25 - Concentric Rings or how to make the lock join, the slope-and-roll join and the Dora Young join
        Practice Lesson 25
Lesson 26 - Block Tatting
        Practice Lesson 26
Lesson 27 - Roll Tatting
        Practice lesson 27
Lesson 28 - Maltese Ring  
        Practice Lesson 28
Lesson 29 - Daisy Picot
        Practice Lesson 29
Lesson 30: CLUNY
        Practice lesson 30
Lesson 31 - Hanging cluny
        Practice lesson 31
Lesson 32 - Hanging cluny off a ring
Lesson 33 - Inverted picot
Lesson 34 - Wide picot
Lesson 35 - Multiple Picot
Lesson 36 - Double dizzy picot
Lesson 37 - Dizzy double stitch
Lesson 38 - Single Shuttle Split Chain AKA Floating chains
Lesson 39 - Closing a flower or twisted picot join                           
Lesson 40 - Opening a closed ring
Lesson 41 - Shoelace Trick
Lesson 42 - The Dora Young knotless ring AKA Mock Split Ring
Lesson 43 - Single-shuttle, double-core split ring
Lesson 44 - Wrap-around or Alligator Join
Lesson 45 - Hiding ends at the beginning
Lesson 46 - Hiding ends at the end of a ring
Lesson 47 - Beads in the base of a ring (a.k.a. loop-tatted ring)
Lesson 48 - Beads in inverted picots
Lesson 49 - Beads in long picots
Lesson 50 - Beads on top of beads
Lesson 51 - Tatting with plastic rings
Lesson 52 - Zig-Zag chains
Lesson 53 - Square rings
Lesson 54 - Balanced Double Stitch aka Double-Double Stitch.
Lesson 55 - Rings off split rings
Lesson 56 - Alternative method of closing flowers
Lesson 57 - Folded rings
Lesson 58 - Pulled loop join or another way of doing a lock join
Lesson 59 - Swirl Join
Lesson 60 - Adding threads
Lesson 61 - Beanile Lace - What you need to know
Lesson 62 - Beanile Lace - UP beads
        Lesson 62 - Earring pattern
        Lesson 62 - Necklace pattern
        Lesson 62 - Another earring pattern
Lesson 63 - Beanile Lace - UP and DOWN beads
        Lesson 63 - Earring pattern
        Lesson 63 - Necklace pattern
        Lesson 63 - Another earring pattern
Lesson 64 - Turkish tatting - making leaves
Lesson 65 - Turkish tatting - making flowers
Lesson 66 - Working with DOUBLE-thread shuttles
(Applicable to the techniques described in Lessons 43 & 53)
Lesson 67 - Final rings, split chains and next rounds
Lesson 68 - UP joins and DOWN joins
Lesson 69 - The Dora Young join
Lesson 70 - Mock Hairpin Lace
Lesson 71 - Jeanne Lugert's 3D roses
Lesson 72 - Inverted tatting
Lesson 73 - Predict the amount of thread needed for a tatting project
Lesson 74 - Encapsulation AKA padded or wrapped tatting
Lesson 75 - Chainmaille
Lesson 76 - Byzantine links 
Lesson 77 - Single-shuttle interlocking rings 
Lesson 78 - Interlocking Split Rings 1
Lesson 79 - Interlocking Split Rings 2 
Lesson 80 - Interlocking Split Rings 3 
Lesson 81 - Interlocking Split Rings 4 
Lesson 82 - Celtic knot
Lesson 83 - Celtic Y-ring
Lesson 84 - Celtic picot
Lesson 85 - Lark's head join (see video #101)
Lesson 86 - Dimpled ring AKA dimpled Yorkie
Lesson 87 - Spiral cord AKA Josephine cord 
Lesson 88 - Clip join AKA inward-facing picot
Lesson 89 - Mock picot
Lesson 90 - Lock-Stitch chain
Lesson 91 - Alternate Thread Wrap aka False Maltese Ring
Lesson 92 - Maltese split ring
Lesson 93 - Interlocking picots
Lesson 94 - Twisted picots - ornamental
Lesson 95 - Woven picots  
Lesson 96 - How to design corners
Lesson 97 - Tatting with buttons 1
Lesson 98 - Tatting with buttons 2
Lesson 99 - Layered (or ruffled) picots
Lesson 100 - Adding a bead to the center of a ring-only motif
Lesson 101 - Another way of doing the Lark's Head Join!! (see video #85)
Lesson 102 - Rolled picots
Lesson 103 - Picot gauges
Lesson 104 - Broomstick Picot
Lesson 105 - Basic Ankars: Clusters of Rings or simple elements
Lesson 106 - Mrs. Mee Picots
Lesson 107 - Dancing Picots
Lesson 108 - Start from a chain without paperclip
Lesson 109 - How to tat a hair scrunchie
Lesson 110 - How to add thread when we run out of it halfway through a ring or chain
Lesson 111 - Loop-Tatted Ring, revisited
Lesson 112 - Basic Ankars: Stacked Rings or complex elements
Lesson 113 - Riego join
Lesson 114 - Interlaced rings a la Edwige Renaudin
Lesson 115 - Loop-tatted ring on ring (LTROR)
Lesson 116 - Loop-tatted ring on split ring (LTROSR)
Lesson 117 - Anne Dyer's Join to the Smooth Side (JSS)
Lesson 118 - Mock ring on ring MROR
Lesson 119 - Hyperbolic tatting
Lesson 120 - Split Ring Second Half Join (SRSHJ)
Lesson 121 - THE FLIP
Lesson 122 - Blocking a piece
Lesson 123 - Gathered picots
Lesson 124 - Another method for the split chain
Lesson 125 - Tatted Wreaths
Lesson 126 - Blipless join
Lesson 127 - Beads between two-shuttle split rings
Lesson 128 - Mimosa
Lesson 129 - Another method to add beads to split rings
Lesson 130 - Opening an ALMOST-closed ring with hackle pliers
Lesson 131 - Vapor Picot
Lesson 132 - Spiral Knot
Lesson 133 - Two rows of beads between SSSRs
Lesson 134 - Interlocking Split Rings 5
Lesson 135 - ONE bead between TWO split rings
Lesson 136 - FOUR beads between TWO split rings
Lesson 137 - Turkish tatting - making flowers
Lesson 138 - Two-colored rings
Lesson 139 - Tatsmithing - Setting non-perforated stones
Lesson 140 - Tatsmithing - Setting perforated stones
Lesson 141 - Knotted Ring Picot
Lesson 142 - Trick: Hiding tails with putty
Lesson 143 - Spirals
Lesson 144 - Collared rings
Lesson 145 - Folded Rings
Lesson 146 - Floating or layered rings
Lesson 147 - Tatting with ribbon
Lesson 148 - Bobble tatting
Lesson 149 - Beads in half-closed rings
Lesson 150 - Beads at center of SSSR
Lesson 151 - Double Chain

These videos lack quality, that is why I have not included them in the previous list. However, the technique described can be followed.

Translation into Italian: Anna Maria Letizia Giachino, Ninetta Caruso, Rita Scapaticci, Edda Guastalla, Barbara Pandone, Roberta D'Anniballe. Grazie mille!


  1. Karen, como siempre claro y sin complicaciones, muy didacticos.Besotes

  2. Muchas gracias por tu cursillo, Karen

  3. Karen, gracias por compartir tan generosamente toda tu experiencia y conocimiento. Besos

  4. Thanks for sharing your videos!They are superb!

  5. This is so cool Karen... I didn't know you had this blog. Thanks!

  6. WOOO i am already subscribed to your you tube channel. I love love love your videos.

  7. It was disappointing to see so many copyright violations on your pdf files of patterns to practice. Your videos are great otherwise.

  8. Hello, Xstchntat. Please read the NOTE at the beginning of this post. It clearly states that I do not own any of the patterns nor I am the author of any of the techniques.

  9. @xstchntat

    No need to be disappointed - Karen has made legal use of copyrighted material under the federal "fair use" doctrine, codified under Title 17 of the U.S. Code. Simply put, because Karen is making limited use of copyrighted material, is not using it to make money, and is using the material for teaching purposes, she is in compliance with the applicable federal law.

    For more info., see section 107 of the U.S. Copyright office's circular 92 at

  10. Your work and video is magnificent!
    Thank you for sharing as you do. I love your work and this will be so helpful in my tatting group!

  11. Hi! Karen, Thank You for sharing and taking the time to do so.... Loved you´re site ^^

  12. Happy birthday! Thank you very much for your great and such beautiful lessons!

  13. Hola Karen,como siempre me encanta pasar por tu blog, aunque cuando tengo que salir nunca dejo mi huella por aquí, queria agredecerte que compartas tus conocimientos, yo he aprendido el frivolité viendo todo lo que gente como tú comparte generosamente en la web,he visto las portadas de las revistas de tu picasa, y queria saber si compartes dichas revistas, pues aquí en canarias no hay y solo consigo patrones de amigas desinteresadas que como tú comparten en sus blogs. Un beso y sigue así de genial.

  14. Muchas gracias por tomarte el tiempo de hacer este blog y tu canal de Youtube.

  15. El link de la leccion 6 esta incorrecto. Enlaza al video de la leccion 9. Gracias.

  16. Wow! What a wonderful place for the learn-on-your-own tatter (me). Thanks for sharing, and for your wonderfully organized site! :)

  17. karen me podria ayudar con alguna revistas de needle tatting con figuras pequeñas por favor ,estoy tratando de empezar con cosas pequeñas mi mails es gracias

  18. I have commented recently on some of your recent posts, but I still can't believe I've been unaware of your blog for the past couple of years, and especially your amazing videos!

    I want to especially thank you SO MUCH for your EXCELLENT videos on Celtic tatting! You have unlocked the mystery of Celtic woven tatting for me, by showing how you use and manipulate the NETTING needle! As I am a shuttle tatter, this was amazing and wonderful to see. It appears you are using the 'reverse Riego' method of tatting, and I will have to practice that!

    I'm curious as to where you purchased your netting needle, and if it's a special size or length.

    Thanks again for ALL your amazing videos. That had to have been so much work, and it's so generous of you to share them!

    1. Thanks! I've only been uploading videos for the past year and a half... so you're not too late, LOL!
      My netting needles come from the "Lacis netting kit". It comes with three needles and three spacers. They are longer than what i'd like them to be but hey! I buy online - usually Amazon or Knitting Warehouse carry it here in the US.

    2. Thanks so much for the info! I will be ordering some netting needles soon! Of all the tatting techniques now out there today, this is the one I am most excited about. I love to do 3-D tatting, and combining that with the Celtic weaving is so exciting to me.

      I'm quite amazed you did all those videos in a relatively short time! I still have problems just doing a normal post, let alone a video! Thanks again for the quick reply!

  19. Where would I be without all your wonderful, wonderful videos? Thank you so much , Karen, for all this education and information that I always refer to. You are a marvel!
    Fox : )

  20. I have just come across your wonderful page of videos and I want to thank you so very much for the excellent work that you have put into them......Bravo Karen
    Joy in Australia

  21. Hi Karen. I learn this technique now and I am glad that I found your blog. The video instructor helps a lot. Thank you!

  22. What a great job and an international helping hand :) thanks a lot and loves from Turkey...

  23. So generous of you to compile and share this list. Thank you!

  24. thanks for all that we offer. YOU ARE MY GREAT TEACHER and I thank you very much. hello from Italy

  25. I think you're unique. I love tatting because it reminds me of my dear mother that I no longer and, thanks to you, I can cultivate this passion. When I work, I think there is my mother who is close to me. for me it is a very great pleasure to see your site and what you offer us. THANK YOU KAREN!!

  26. Thank you so much for all the helpful tutorials. I have one question, are the videos supposed to have sound? Every device I have viewed them on has no sound but there are times when it seems like they should. Thanks

    1. Hello Elizabeth! Thanks for watching my videos. I hope they help. Yes, they're silent. I decided on stripping the sound because I hate the sound of my own voice (LOL) and because I was thinking of people like me, who only have time to learn something late at night when everyone else is sleeping.

  27. Eres mi referente. Cuando necesito saber cómo hacer algo, sé que en tu blog lo voy a encontrar. No me cansaré de decírtelo, tus videos son estupendos. Muchisimas gracias por compartir todo tu saber.

  28. I love your site. I am 70 years old and learned to tat before age 5 but did not tat after age 6 until I was 32. Then I took a quick basic class but did not continue until now. I have one question. How do I access practice lessons? When I click on them I get some "medic type site". Thank you Bunnie Andersen

    1. Bunnie, please email me at kcabrera74 at gmail dot com!

  29. Just looked at your videos, wow! I could learn to shuttle tat right here. I just tried lesson #2, I can't do it yet, as you use both hands equally while shuttle tatting, and I can manipulate my left arm or hand that much yet, but sure enough, something I am going to take on as soon as my arm and hand can handle those movements.
    Thanks for your ability to teach everything you need to know all in one location.

  30. Grazie i tuoi video sono bellissimi. Da oggi ti seguo, se ti va passa a trovarmi ne sarei felice ...a casa con Manu

  31. Thank you for taking the time to make all of these wonderful videos. WOW! I have learned so much from them and I have only gotten through about 20 of them. I could do basic tatting before I came across your videos but I have learned so much from them already. You have inspired me to learn all I can from your videos. It is such a gift to learn from such a master tatter. Thank you again.

  32. Muchas muchas gracias por su sitio, soy frances y aqui en Francia mi faltaba videos para entender tecnicas. Hago "frivolité" solo desde julio y gracias a ti, tengo mas posibilidades !!!! Perdona mis errores ortograficas y gracias gracias gracias :-) Su sitio es mi "bibla" !!! Hasta luego. Severine

  33. Complimenti,video belli e ben spiegati,anche i tuoi lavori sono bellissimi.Anch'io mi diverto con il chiaccherino se vuoi vedere vieni su il colore delle ciao Ida.

  34. Karen I would have given up long ago if not for you. So few tatters to teach us and certainly the more advanced techniques. You are ALWAYS on call!!!
    Taking your time to help people you don't see or know is beautiful. Thank you for making tatting lessons available around the world.

  35. It 'ld seem to me to have seen a lesson with method to make pretty chains when these are long? I don't arrive to find it again. Thanks for help.

  36. It 'ld seem to me to have seen a lesson with method to make pretty chains when these are long? I don't arrive to find it again. Thanks for help.

    1. Are you referring to Balanced Double Stitch? In that case, it's video #54.

  37. Karen, I'm desperately searching for a video that shows the process to incorporate climbing out of a row using a 2 shuttle split ring as the last pedal of a flower as you demonstrated in your 113 video. I cannot find a single thing showing this process. ALL your videos are wonderful. 1st row of pattern:

    1. I'm not quite sure what you're looking for. Video 113 is the Riego join and shows how to close an all-rings flower to avoid a twisted picot. Video 89 is about mock picots and how to climb from one row to the other using split rings and chains. However, first row of the pattern you point out is an all-ring flower, you need to make 7 standard rings and the last one is a split ring, which will then allow you to climb to the chain in the next row. I hope you understand, please email me at kcabrera74 at gmail dot com.

  38. Hola karen, me has enviado las revistas Alexis frivolite, pero el correo que te envie era de hotmail y no puedo abrirlas con la cuenta de google. Si fuesen tan amable y me las volvieses a enviar pero a:
    Igual pero con gmail.
    Muchas gracias.

  39. Je te remercie beaucoup pour tout ce que tu partages, grâce à toi j'ai beaucoup appris. :)

  40. Hola, Karen,
    hace tiempo que empecé a hacer frivolité y aprendí gracias a ti. Gracias a ti le regalé a mi pareja un tapiz todo engastado en abalorios y lentejuelas que tardé 3 años en hacer.

    Quedé tan cansada que dejé de tejer durante casi dos años y me dediqué a otros hobbys.

    Ahora he vuelto a retomarlo y he ido recordando cositas que había olvidado. Pero al llegar al vídeo de engastar piedras no perforadas, me pierdo. Va demasiado deprisa y no soy capaz de conseguir seguirlo.

    Sé que es mucho pedir, pero, ¿podrías poner el patrón para poder engastar una piedra que no esté perforada? TE lo agradecería mucho.

    Gracias por atender este mensaje. Eres una de las personas más desinteresada y generosa que conozco.

    1. Hola Myosotis! Me alegro que vuelvas al frivo. :)
      Si entendiste el video sobre como engarzar una piedra perforada, entonces el otro es exactamente lo mismo, menos la parte de pasar el hilo por dentro de la perforacion de la piedra. No existe patron ya que depende de la piedra que uses y el grosor que tenga, por lo general yo trabajo con dos lanzaderas y hago anillos 3-6-3 a ambos lados unidos por cadenas de 6ds. Es cuestion de probar, si ves que no sirve aumentas o reduces la cantidad de puntos.

  41. Karen, just found this list of tutorials This is great. Have a question. I am new to needle tatting. Looking at a diagramed pattern (no written instructions) how do I know when to reverse work? Thank you!!!

    1. Hello Jan! thanks for watching. Usually, you reverse work when groin from ring to chain or vice versa. Finish one ring, RW, make the chain, finish the chain, RW, make the ring. Hope this makes sense to you!