Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pattern for Dewdrop Earrings

Here's a short version:
Wind 2 shuttles CTM with three beads on shuttle 1.
SR1: Put a bead on the back of the hand before beginning. Work 6 ds with shuttle one. Turn the ring ready for the second half of the split ring, move the bead to the start of the second half of the split ring, work 6 ds, close split ring.

Work SR 2 and 3 the same way. Work a ring at the top, hiding the thread from shuttle 2 inside the first half of the ring and adding a hook.

There's a longer PDF version with pictures, you can find a link on the right hand side bar.

 This is a versatile pattern, you can vary the size of the thread, the size of the beads, the stitch count. For these I've used size 10 thread and a 6/6 count, but for others I've used size 20 thread and an 8/8 count.

Here's another version:
The bead arrangement boggled my mind a little. On shuttle 1 it should be 5 small beads, large bead, then one small bead. Shuttle 2 has 2 small beads. One small bead and the large bead on the back of the hand for SR1. The big bead at the start of the second half as before, the small one left to be caught in place when the ring is closed. A bead from each shuttle between split rings. 2 small beads on the back of the hand for SR2, and one bead for SR3.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Tinies

This is Frivole's tiny snowflake pattern, from this blogpost.  It's really tiny and very sweet. I used the SCMR version because it means you don't need much thread on the shuttle and don't need to change hand position between elements - it's essentially a continuous chain.
Jane Eborall's tiny snowflake is a little bit bigger but still a quick tat and a great way to use small lengths of thread.
I have now emptied two E-Z bobs of Jess's tat-ilicious hand dyed thread.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Palest Pink

I found some pink crystals lurking in my tatting bag. So I dyed some pale pink thread and made a couple of pairs of earrings. I plan to let a friend of mine choose which pair she'd like, and I'll keep the other pair. Marinda will be wearing a pale pink suit next weekend as 'mother-of-the-bride'. (I think it must be 'wedding season' in this part of the world, there seem to be a lot of weddings at the moment.)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Set

It was unlikely I'd find place mats with sunflowers on them in town. I didn't. But I did find these mats in the right colours to go with the sunflower food cover, and red serviettes. The serviettes are probably superfluous, but hey, they match and I thought the new bride might want to impress her mother-in-law. The food cover took me much longer to make than I bargained for, but I'm happy with it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Corner

The earrings caused a bit of a diversion, but I have also been working on the food cover. The edging took some time to sew on with beads added. It is a bit of a palaver, but the beads add a good weight to the edge.

 Now I'm working at sewing on the motifs. One corner done.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tiny Earrings

When Tersia said she wanted tiny earrings, I thought the small earrings I showed here would do the trick. Mmm, no. But Tersia saw a single ring doodle in my earring box and suggested I turn it into earrings. Aha. It works. That's what I like about collaborating with customers - other people come up with ideas I hadn't thought of. Here are a couple more pairs:
I also made three pairs of Dewdrop earrings:
I hope Tersia will like them. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Adjusted Cascade

Now to tat the thread I custom dyed yesterday. Mother-of-the-groom gave me small, sparkly beads to use. They're a rather odd shape, like two seed beads fused together. I started off with my usual stitch count, but I didn't like how it looked:
I reduced the size of the rings from 8-8 to 6-6 and did an extra row of rings (well, two extra rows, strictly speaking). I think that works a lot better for the small beads.