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Friday, June 10, 2016

Taking an idea from Ninetta

I've spent the past few weeks fixing up the five petaled version of my floral coasters so that they can be tatted using either regular rings or split rings. Just like the six petaled version I talked about a few weeks ago, these needed some minor changes to make everything fit.

As I was looking over my written instructions, I thought that it would be neat to incorporate something I regularly see Ninetta use. If you take a look at any of her posts with patterns in them, you will see that she includes little drawings of shuttle and ball thread. These symbolize what is needed when tatting each pattern.

I drew up my own version using Inkscape and have been adding these little symbols to each round of my tatting instructions.

Hope you don't mind, Ninetta!

Update: Muskaan wanted to know if anyone would share the sketches. I've just updated my Free Diagramming Template to include the shuttle and ball drawings. Click here to access the new file (you must have Inkscape to open it). Please note that the sketches are not visible in the preview window, but will show up to the right of the page if you open it in Inkscape and zoom out. Objects have been grouped so you will need to ungroup them if you'd like to make edits.

For those of you who import photos into other programs (such as Word or iBooks Author) you can save the following images to your computer:

One Shuttle

Two Shuttles (disconnected)

Two Shuttles (connected)

Shuttle and Ball (disconnected)

Shuttle and Ball (connected)


  1. When I see these on a pattern page I find them very useful. Great addition.

  2. Those coasters look awesome!!! :) I know I am going to have to get the patterns when you have them available!! :)
    Great idea on the symbols cuz' sometimes I have trouble knowing exactly what I need. :)

  3. The symbols are a great addition to patterns. Especially for us beginners :)

  4. They are sweet to look at. And we are on edge looking for these patterns to purchase :)

  5. Love the idea ! I have always admired Ninetta's concise, aesthetic diagrams ... may be I will borrow the idea too if one of you is willing to share the diagram with me (please don't make me reinvent the wheel by drawing again) ;-P
    pretty please ?

    1. Thanks, Robin :-)
      Will you be posting on your blog or sending an email attachment ?

  6. Love this idea! The coasters are beautiful and I'm eagerly awaiting your patterns!

  7. I love that you are finding ways to make it easier for me to follow tatting instructions! ;-)

  8. I love this idea and helpful for tatters who do not speak the same language

  9. Great diagrams, they are really clear and helpful.

  10. Love your designs! Do be sure to let us know when the "pack" is available!