The split ring is a wonderful little technique and is used in a variety of patterns. It is most useful for creating one ring directly next to another in a pattern or for stepping up out of a round. The first pattern I tackled that used split rings was Anne B’s Minor Norwegian Dragon (featured as Weekly Challenge #2). Please let me know in the comments if you have a link to a tutorial for split rings that is not mentioned here or if you have a request for a technique you would like to see featured. Thanks!
This page contains only split ring (SR) tutorials. A tutorial page for Single Shuttle Split Rings (SSSR) is planned in the future.
Links to Video Tutorials for Shuttle Tatters:
Split Ring Tutorial by Linda Davies – This YouTube video features audio instruction for two different hand positioning methods to achieve the split ring. This is the first time I have heard of the “dead spider” method. She explains the process well, but the camera is too far out to see the individual stitches. [Contains background music].
Frivolite-Tatting Lesson 12 – two-shuttle split ring by Karen Cabrera – This YouTube video features text instructions and close up video of the two hand positioning techniques for the split ring. [Video is silent].
Tatting – The Split Ring by 11 Frivole – This YouTube video features text instructions and close up video of the “dead spider” method. [Clock/metronome can be heard the entire video].
Tatting a Split Ring by tatmantats – This YouTube video features audio instructions and close up video of the “dead spider” method.
Links to Video Tutorials for Needle Tatters:
Tatting – Split Rings (SR.) in Needle Tatting by RustiKate – This YouTube video features a needle tatting split ring tutorial. I have never tried needle tatting. She is very good at explaining her steps, but I would prefer she move slower during the actual demonstration of the technique. I would also be worried that I would forget to re-thread the needle. [She tats very quickly].
How to make a Split Ring by Jon Yusoff – This tutorial blog post features step by step pictures and text directions of the “dead spider” split ring process.
Two-Shuttle Tatting: Split Rings for the Terrified by Williams Daniel – This article shares a bit about the history of the split ring in addition to giving written instructions for the split ring for both needle and shuttle tatters.
I love tatted snowflakes. They are usually quick, easy projects with wonderful results. Elegant Tatting Gems by Jon Yusoff includes 18 snowflake patterns that only take about 1.5 to 5 hours each, depending on skill level. I was able to complete 13 of the 18 designs before I ran out of my selected thread. I tried to stretch it by adding in some white so if you are planning to do them all make sure you have 2 balls before starting.
Elegant Tatting Gems: A collection of snowflake designs
Final Grade: A-
ISBN # unavailable
Pattern Presentation: Grade B+
Each snowflake pattern includes a diagram and written instructions and a clear picture of the completed item. Patterns are easy to follow and several have interesting techniques that will challenge most tatters but are presented in such a way that beginners should be able to figure them out.
Patterns requiring more than one shuttle are color coded to help the tatter know which shuttle should be used as the ball thread.
The only problem I had with following the patterns is that the first half of the book is that the pattern and the picture are not visable at the same time when the book is propped open. it can be disconcerting to be working on one diagram and looking at the picture of another snowflake. This is only for the first 9 patterns. The second half of the book the picture and the diagram are together.
Pattern Variety: A-
While some patterns seem to fall together into the same families, in my opinion, each snowflake has its own personality.
Finishing Off: A-
None of the patterns include suggested placement for Magic Threads, tatters familiar with the technique should be able to discern proper placement before they begin. For most patterns, I included one in the first ring and the final chain.
14 of the 18 snowflakes are completed using 2 shuttles wound CTM so once completed, there are only 2 ends to hide. 3 of the remaining patterns require 2 rounds and the last one calls for 3 rounds to complete.
I really enjoyed tatting from this book. I would recommend it to most tatters. I know Jon Yusoff has 2 other books and I look forward to seeing if they are of the same calibre.
Did I get it right? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. We would also love to see pictures of any snowflakes you have made from this book.
Below are my snowflakes. They have not been blocked and I am severely lacking when it comes to photography skills. I used lizbeth Blue Ice #163