Tatting Lace 101
Let's start tatting! I actually started tatting when my sister Ena started, and I love it! It's not as hard as it seems to be. Once you get a hang of it you can start doing it anywhere!
I will try to be as detailed as possible, but you anything is confusing please email me at atelierdehappa@yahoo.com
To make it easier to see I used Olympus EmmyGrande Colors but I usually use Olympus Gold Label #40 to work on my projects.
Winding thread to shuttle
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Insert thread throught the small whole in a shuttle of your choice, and tie a knot like shown. How it's done is not very important since all it's purpose is to hold the thread in place. Just make sure you are able to undo the knot later.
Wind evenly on the shuttle. If you have a shuttle with a pointy end, the pointy end will be at the top left.
Make sure you stop before it goes over the shuttle. If you can see the thread from the sides, you wound it too much. You don't want the threads to get dirty while working on your project.
Hold thread between your left thumb and index finger and shuttle on your right hand

Note HOW the thread is coming out from the shuttle too.
Wind the thread around other three fingers from the middle finger to the pinky. Note how the shuttle is held on the picture. If your shuttle has a pointy side, make sure it is placed on top (where index finger is on the picture)
Twist your right hand clockwise so that thread from the shuttle will be stretched across your right pinky to your middle finger. and the shuttle comes under the thread like shown in the picture.
Pass the shuttle through the ring you made with your left hand. <let top thread (of the ring) pass through your right index finger and shuttle. > then let the thread pass through between your right thumb and the shuttle.<Meaning the shuttle will pass through the ring then on top of the ring you made with your left hand>
*Picture of shuttle passing on top of the "ring"
End result should look like this
Now you have to pull the shuttle with your right hand until the knot will look like the picture. MAKE SURE you don't let your left hand loose.
Slide the knot or "half stitch" to your left thumb and index finger.

Now onto the second half stitch
Grab the thread from the shuttle with your right ring finger.
Then basically you will do reverse of when you made the first half stitch.
you will pass the shuttle starting on top of the "ring then through the center of the "ring..
The top thread of the ring should pass and touch your right thumb then your right index finger.
Once you pass the shuttle through and let go of your right ring finger, it should look like this.
Like earlier, pull your shuttle so the "stitch" will look like this
When you push the second half of stitch to the first one you created, there is your double stitch.

If you can't the stitch doesn't slide when you pull on the thread that is connected to the shuttle and make your "ring" smaller, you are doing something wrong.

*Try not to make the stitches too tight. It should be snug, not tight.
Making picot is actually easy. All you have to do is leaving some space between the double stitches and when you slide the second stitch, it will create the picot.
First double stitch, picot then the second double stitch..
Making picot
When the ring you are working with is getting too small, you can make it bigger by pulling the "bottom" part of the ring. Make sure you hold whatever you just worked on especially the top to not let the stitches get too tight.
If it doesn't slide at all... you might have done something wrong somewhere.
When the "ring" gets too small
When you are done with one pattern of ring, all you have to do is pull on the thread that is attached to the shuttle. Make sure you hold what you have worked on. What you are basically doing is the reverse of "when the ring get too small"
*Picture of ring getting smaller
At the end it should look like this.
When done with making a ring
Making a chain is basically the same process as making a ring. The only difference is that you will be wrapping the thread that is not connected to the shuttle you will be working with around the left pinky. (as it is shown with white thread to make it more obvious)
Then it is the same process as ring. First half stitch then second half.
After working some patterns, it will look like this.

Extra note: When making a ring, the thread from the shuttle becomes the "main"thread that shows, but when making a chain, the thread on the shuttle becomes the core, and the thread that's not the shuttle (white thread) becomes main
How to make a chain
Reverse work refers to when chain is connected right after ring or vice versa.
All you have to do is flip whichever you were working on first (in this case Ring) and start working
Reverse work
When connecting ring to ring using picot, you pull the top part of the ring not the thread that is connected to the shuttle, through the picot hole.
How you pull the thread is important too.
Make sure you don't twist the thread you are pulling..
Shuttle will be inserted the way the arrow is directing.
If you have a pointy shuttle and have big enough picot, you can use the pointy side instead of using crochet hook.
After passing the shuttle through, it should look like this
Stretch the ring part back to pull the thread that you pulled through picot.and slide the stitch down until it will look like the picture shown.

From there you will start the double stitch.

Remember this whole process will count like a picot in the pattern.
End result
Connecting Ring and Ring
When you are done, cut whatever it is attached (usually shuttle and a ball) Then you will have 2 loose threads right next to each other. (shown in different color in this picture.)
Tie a double knot. as close as you can.
You will take a needle and saw each thread where they are naturally directed.
Rule of the thumb is, pick sides that have more double stitches to picot. In this case both ring sides.
You will always saw in BETWEEN double stitches not in the middle.
It will come out from the middle of the double stitch, but you will insert the needle between 2 double stitches.
Try to saw at least 5 stitches, but don't pass the picot. If you hit have many double stitches, then simply go backwards once you hit picot.
When done, carefully cut the thread as close as you can.
Be really careful not to cut your project!

Side note: If you feel this is too much work, you can tie the knot, cut the excess thread and glue the knot. BUT it would look a bit ugly.
What to do with those two threads when you are done