Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An Owl Encapsulated

 I used encapsulation  to tat a 'bezel' for this glass bead owl. The bead was made by my sister-in-law, Clare Gaylard. I wanted it to look as though the owl was sitting in a flowery tree. The great thing was, I could hide the beginning and end threads inside the bead. I'm still experimenting with encapsulation and have found that one of the problems is having so  many thread ends to deal with.


  1. That's an amazing bead, and your tatting enhances it beautifully to make an adorable pendant! So much talent here!

  2. I not sure I understand the encapsulation thing, very well, wouldn't you hide the ends where you normal would in the tatting? Well any how, this is beautiful and he does look like he is in a garden.

    1. Well, you could, but you're already tatting over 2 threads, so you'd be tatting over 5 threads, which would be very bulky. When you get to the end, you have 3 threads to hide.

  3. He's looks so cute, I like the bead, and with the flowers around him, he looks like he's in a tree, perhaps a little more greenery? Not tried this type of tatting yet, it's on my to do list.

  4. Oh okay I get It now. If I have that many to hide I (only If I am aware of it when I start)start making very loose tatting for the first 5 ds weather in a ring or chain, and then I hide the extra in there not all in one place but that kinda has to be planed ahead or estimated where I will connect to when done. If that makes any since.

  5. That is an awesome bead! I have Sherry Pence's book on encapsulation, but I haven't actually tried it yet. I really like the way your encapsulation enhances the beauty of the bead.

  6. I've just seen this - isn't he the most beautiful owl? - your sister-in-law must be a talented lady.
    And you're right, the tatting around him does make it seem as though he's sitting in a tree.