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Filament Loops

Updated 9/26/2013

10 lb test
good for heavy threads
size 5-10
6 lb test
good for medium threads
size 20-50
4 lb test
good for fine threads
size 30-70
2 lb test
good for very fine threads
size 60-100
10 filament loops per bag. $0.25 per bag
Color of filament loops may vary.

How Do You Use Filament Loops?

If your row starts and ends at the same spot, tat over a filament loop in the first or second element (ring or chain) for 4 or more double stitches. The filament loop runs alongside the core thread with the double stitches being formed around it and the core thread. Don't twist the core thread and the filament loop! The loop end (not the knot end) will point toward where the row will finish. Tat the rest of the row until the last element. This time you will tat over a filament loop the last 4 or more double stitches and the loop end will point toward the start. Cut the threads, leaving about 3 to 4 inches to work with.
Slip one thread end through the base of the beginning element and tie a KNOT with the two thread tails.
Put the end of one thread tail through the first filament loop. While holding the tatting, GENTLY pull the filament loop through the tatting. Do the same for the other end and filament loop.
Cut the remainder of the tails and you're done.

The model was done with size 10 Anchor Liana thread and 10 lb test fishing line filament loops.

Note: If the filament loop doesn't pull through the tatting, you may have twisted the core thread around the filament loop while tatting over the filament loop. If this is the case, STOP PULLING and cut the filament loop. Remove gently. Then get a fine needle and thread the tail through the double stitches.

Tatting with filament loops is awkward, cumbersome and can slow you down. However, the end result looks good and saves some people a lot of frustration tucking in a lot of ends. Try it for yourself and see if it works for you. Some people love filament loops and some hate them!