Monday, December 15, 2008

"Dream" necklace and earring set or pendant



For pdf of this pattern click here.
To see a video of this pattern in progress click here.

Supplies for necklace:
  • 2 tatting shuttles
  • Size 20 or 10 crochet thread
  • 62 seed beads (Size 10/0 or 11/0 with size 20 thread. Or, use size 8/0 with size10 thread.)
  • 3 leaf or drop beads
  • 1 barrel or lobster claw clasp

The strung beads are all on shuttle 2.
Fill shuttle 1 first, and then measure off about 4 yards of thread and cut.
String 2 seed beads, 1 drop bead, 6 seed beads, 1 drop bead, 6 seed beads, 1 drop bead, 20 seed beads.
Wind shuttle 2 and you are ready to follow the diagram.

After the center ring is worked and closed, the chains and floating rings are added in the same round.
The split ring is worked last, leading into the neck cord.
Copyright © Marilee Rockley 2006

The larger pendant shown in the above photo is a variation on the basic pattern. It's begun the same as an earring, then an extra round is added, with chains of about 9 or 10 ds each. The small rings are 3-3. The dangling rings have a few extra ds than the ones on the earring - 10 on each side instead of 8, and an extra ds between beads on the center dangle.

I called it "Dream" because I think it somewhat resembles the hangings that are called dream catchers. Anyway, this set is worked in my own HDT, size 20.

17 comments:

TattingChic said...

Lovely!

Jeff Hamilton said...

Your pendant looks great Marilee. I hope you don't mind if I give the variation a try. When I have time.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Beautiful! The name is perfect... it does remind me of a dream catcher!

Ratmomma / Carolyn said...

Thanks for sharing your awesome design! You have a major talent.

Clyde said...

Marilee your jewelery is always amazing. Thank you for being so generous and sharing the pattern.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Why does nearly everything you make look edible??? (o:

yarnplayer said...

Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments :-)

Jeff, have fun tatting the variation! Hope you can figure it out ok, as I just slap-dashed the changes only, and didn't take time to write everything out properly - busy, busy, LOL.

Thank you, TattingChic, Diane, and Clyde, I'm glad you like it!

Hi there, Ratmomma! Thanks for the high praise - I really just have fun messing around with whatever happens and enjoy sharing the results.

LadyShuttleMaker, are you sure you're getting enought to eat over there...(teasing!)

Jeff Hamilton said...

Just letting you know that I just finished the pendant. I was able to follow your instructions just fine. I'll post a picture on my blog tomorrow.

Dona said...

Ma questi orecchibi sono spettacolari!!!!
Complimenti!!!

Carolivy said...

Gorgeous pattern! Thank you for sharing!
Hugs
Carol

Cheryl Norwood said...

Very lovely, thanks for the share.

Dona Brown said...

Your jewelry looking always amazing. Thank you for being so kind and sharing the example.
Designer Drop Earrings

Reita Nipper said...

Is there a pattern somewhere for the chain part of the necklace? 16 year old daughter is wanting to do the whole set for her 4H competition project this year. She has already practiced and made the pendant,(turned out great!! 1st time using 2 shuttles and your video was a huge help!!) but would like to make the chain part as well instead of putting it on a metal chain.

Marilee Rockley said...

Have fun with the neck cord - what I've done here is just a suggestion, and not carved in stone :-)

I did the neck cord in 2 parts, first one side, then the other. So, if doing it that way, you just need to string the number of beads that you want for one side. If you want the pointed effect of the 3 bead groupings, then string on a multiple of 3 - I used 18 on each side. Plus another 3 to decorate the last ring of the side without the clasp.

Notice that there is a tatted chain of 4 double stitches between the top of the pendant and the first picot (on each side) to help add some stability.

Then, for the neck cord I used Victorian sets of 5/5. That's 5 first halves of a double stitch, followed by 5 second halves of a double stitch. 2 sets of these, then a bead picot of 3 beads, and repeat as desired. (Note: I was using size 20 thread at the time, if using size 10 thread maybe 4/4 would work better.)

Near the end I stopped using the beads and just did Victorian Sets, then at the very end just split rings of 8/8.

If I were making it now, I'd make the 2 sides of the necklace more symmetrical by putting split rings on the clasp side as well, but of course that's just a matter of personal preference.

Another thing I'd do differently now is change the order of stitch halves on the left side (as worn, I think) of the necklace to second halves followed by first halves, also to make both sides symmetrical.

Or, I think the whole neck cord could be done in one piece, too, starting at one end and continuing all the way to the other end. That might work better, actually, and there wouldn't need to be any reversing done anywhere (I think!)

So, as you see I don't really have a pattern, I've just suggested some ideas and I'm sure you'll come up with a fabulous neck cord!

kkcliffy said...

I found this pattern on Pinterest a couple years ago and made a necklace for my mom and one for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. They loved them and my mom wears hers often. My mother-in-law lives a couple hours from us, so I don't know how often she wears hers.

Beautiful pattern and easy to do! This was my first attempt at beaded tatting and it wasn't difficult at all!

Mickey Left Eye said...

Can this pattern be use with the needle also?

Marilee Rockley said...

For needle tatting, you'd need 2 needles. The strung beads would all be on the 2nd needle thread, and the floating rings should be "true rings" in order to give the same effect as the shuttle tatted original. No changes needed for the beads placed over picots. That's all that I know: hope this helps. I'm a shuttle gal and rarely ever pick up a needle.