Now, as any would-be ziller knows, the key to competent zilling- as with anything worthwhile - is quite simply Practice, Practice, Practice. Sorry folks, you may not want to hear it, but it's true. Little and often - daily if possible - you need to get out those little metal minxes and have a good old clatter (which will hopefully not be half as clattery by the time you've finished!). One big advantage of zills is that they're small and easily transportable so you can literally take 'em anywhere. So there are NO EXCUSES! 'Aaah', some of you may cry triumphantly, 'But my husband / children / neighbours / cat / dog / Great Aunt Betty can't stand the sound of my zilling! So I CAN'T practice!' Sorry my loves, that won't wash! Firstly - you obviously just need to educate your husband / children / neighbours / cat / dog / Great Aunt Betty about the joys of the humble finger cymbal, and get them all zilling along with you. And if that doesn't work then we have the solution, right here, right now!
Woah! I know you're all desperate to get started, but first of all, can you crochet? Do you have the materials you need? Do you have the pattern? Fear not .... everything is right here on one of our pages. You can get to it by clicking on the relevant page on the right hand side of this blog --- it's under 'Dance Articles By Us', quite a way down --- or more simply by just clicking here. Yes, I know, I'm so good to you all! This pattern was adapted by our friend Jo from one on Shira's site, http://www.shira.net/advice/menu-zills.htm - which, incidentally is an excellent resource site for all things bellydance (you can also see photos on there of how your zill muffs should look when you've finished. No, not SHOULD look, but WILL look!). Jo has explained all the different stitches you will need but, like the rest of the pattern on our page, these are all UK descriptions, as is the hook size. If you're in America then use the pattern on Shira's site as otherwise your finished muffs won't fit your zills.
here or through her blog here if you're interested.
Until then, happy dancing!