Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[App] Tatting Designer Tutorial

Hello there!

<Tatting Designer>app is created so anyone can easily use, but I made this tutorial just in case.

<Tatting designer screen >

1. Click the ring button on the Tools section and then click anywhere on the Canvas.

2. A ring is created with 3 green dots and a square box. Use the dots and the points on the box to shape the ring. on the top bar you can see the Repeat by.  Repeat by lets you set how many times the shape will repeat it self along the circle.  You can always comeback to change the repeat number so don't worry if you set it wrong.

Inside the ring you can see a small square box with a small line which is called "the pointer" and it allows you to rotate the ring.

# Warning

Use the Pointer to rotate the ring.  Do not use the points on the square box to rotate, it might get the picots to not properly appear.  

You can also create picots along the ring.  Click the ring (or chain) you want to use then click on the New Picot button to create the picot.  The default picot is always the last picot size you created.  FYI, there is a bug where the work screen kind of freezes when you select multiple picots. So please work on one picot at a time.  I'm sorry for the inconvenience. :(

3. Click on the chain button and then click anywhere on the canvas to create it. A chain consists of 4 green dots, a square box, and an pointer.  Just like the ring, manipulate those to make it as you want.
4. Press ESC key to release any selection. (You can only delete by pressing Delete button.)
5. Save the designed pattern using File - Export as image to save it as <pattern name>.png file. 

Save your work (*.xml) so you can bring it whenever you want to work on it more. 

Here is an example of a pattern I drew. 
There is no text function yet so you will need to use other tool to include ds counts or texts. 


1. This is my first pattern every to be designed which actually was made in rush. In my opinion the major work of the pattern is the double stitch count.  I made a chain with put it on top of the monitor screen to estimate the ds count to start working. (I actually had to make about 4 to finally get what I wanted. 

2. This tool is created to inspire your lace design and help you to easily draw the shape. 

Here is the pattern that I made.  
FYI, I used different tool for the text. 

If you have any question regarding the pattern, please leave me your comment.
Thank you!


  1. Beautiful! Thanks again. :-)

  2. Great idea! I gave it a try, not bad at all!

    1. Thank you Corina for your kind words!

  3. Many thanks for this design program
    Joy in Australia

  4. I tried out the program, without reading the tutorial, & still liked it very much. Now, after reading the tut, I know what I was doing wrong & will go back & try again.
    Thank you both so much for creating & sharing - a godsend for wannabe designers like myself :-))

  5. This is a great program, thanks for making it and sharing it, I can only imagine the hours it has taken to get it to this point- well done :) . I have had a little play with it already, drawing designs I already know. Like Muskaan above, I tired first without the tutorial, and now I hope to do more since reading through the above. Do you mind if I link to your blog and program through my blog? Very exciting.

  6. Love the program. I don't design yet, but this program tempts me to want to try. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. This is a great contribution to tatting. I have tried it and it seems quite easy to use. I hope you will be open to suggestions as you and your husband work to improve this.

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing this.

  8. I would love to try it but I can not download.
    Is it possible to send it by mail?
    mariapop76 @ gmail. com
    Thank you!

  9. Many many thanks !!!
    It's really kind and generous to share it with us :) :)

  10. thanks for the pattern. Will have to try the tutorial.

  11. I have been using your design tool quite a lot. The only problems I have with it happen when I have been browsing a lot and forget to delete all the cookies; then the Tatting Designer tends to get stuck. I have the same problem with Facebook games, so it is not a design issue - it's me!

    Also, I really like the pattern you shared! I will have to try to make it sometime. Thank you very much for all of your work!

  12. Help, chains and rings flashs in and out. What am I doing/not doing. I am using chrome and I can't even begin

  13. Can't get the program to open. Was so looking forward to designing my own patterns. So sad

  14. Same here, I've been looking for something like this forever

  15. Ir says link is moved, where I can get this application?