Reverse Work (RW.) in Needle Tatting

When starting a ring (R.), it should point towards the left (think of a wedding “ring” on the “left” hand). When starting a chain (Ch.), it should point towards the right.

If directions state Not to Reveres Work (NRw.), or does not designate either Rw. or NRw., after a ring or chain, then do not reverse work.

Reversing work determines the way your tatting will lay, and the direction in which the work will go, so refer back to the project photo often, as a guide; especially on vintage patterns, as they may not always indicate this step in their directions.

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